Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 15, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971966 | Print ISBN: 9781412940504 | Online ISBN: 9781412971966| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
International Students of African Descent
Janice B. Fournillier
Students from other nations, many of African descent, have been migrating to pursue a college or university education for many years. This entry looks at the factors that contribute to the ongoing enrollment of students from Africa and the Caribbean, some of the challenges they face, the outcomes of their studentship, and the perceived tensions that exist between these students and African Americans, particularly in regard to education. Political, economic, and technological developments, along with the needs and demands of the new knowledge-based economies, have led to increased concerns about the availability, accessibility, and quality of higher education in countries of sub-Saharan Africa and the Caribbean. College or university education is now considered the key to economic development, modernization, and the reduction of poverty in these countries and to the overall health and well-being of their people. Because human capital is seen as the most valuable entity in the economic ...