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Accountability and Perception of Effectiveness in Public Universities in Cameroon: Case of the University of Buea 

Posted on 2022-07-09 11:27:40 / by Ngenge Ransom Tanyu


This research study provides an understanding of accountability and the perception of its effectiveness in public universities in Cameroon using the University of Buea as case-study. Through the principal-agent theory, patron-client model and Weber’s bureaucracy theory, it examines the effects of government appointment and control of academic leaders at the University of Buea on its accountability mechanism. It departs from the assumption that government appointment and control of university leadership impede accountability. The objectives of the research study are to understand accountability, implications of government appointment and control of university leadership at the University of Buea on legal and professional accountability and faculty and students’ perception of the effectiveness of accountability with regards to university leadership. The research questions are attempted using a structural qualitative research design achieved through content analysis and interviews. The limitation of the research study ranges from narrowing it down to the University of Buea of eight public universities in Cameroon. However, the case provides an in-depth analysis of accountability public universities in Cameroon, what legal and professional accountability at the University of Buea entails given its exploratory nature.

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Ngenge Ransom Tanyu
Ngenge Ransom Tanyu
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Ngenge Ransom Tanyu is a third-year Ph.D. candidate studying Political Science and Public Administration at the Pedagogical University of Kraków. His Ph.D. research focuses on higher education policy orientation in Africa. He started Africa Online & Publications Library as part of the implementation of his Ph.D. research. He received his M.A. in International Security Management from the Berlin School of Economics and Law, M.Phil. in Public Administration from the University of Bergen, and B.Sc. in Political Science with a Minor in History from the University of Buea. He has worked in the humanitarian aid sector, cybersecurity and safety, academia, media, administration, and think tanks across Europe and Africa, and he believes that scientific research and policy analysis are critical to improving educational quality, fighting cybercrime, contributing to science and innovation, preventing and resolving conflict, and building long-term global peace and security.

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