An Analysis of the Use of English Language for Career Development in African Higher Education

The Case of Two Mozambican Flagship Universities


  • Ricardo Pinto Mario Covele University of the Western Cape



Key words: Language policy, Internationalization, career development, English language, Mozambique, higher education.



Although the internationalization of higher education through the standardization of English language is considered progressive, unfortunately, for Lusophone universities it remains a deterrent for scholars’ career progression. The evidence of lived experiences in Mozambican universities suggests that the relationship between English language competence and professional status remains inconclusive. The study explores the impact of English language for career development in two Portuguese language-speaking universities, namely Eduardo Mondlane and Catholic universities in Mozambique. Case study design, purposive sampling, semi-structured interviews with scholars, documents reviews and content analysis approach will be employed. Career construction theory and practice (Savickas, 2013), is considered ideal based on its fundamental premise of individual and social constructivism of knowledge through which individuals construct themselves. The study contributes to a comparative higher education career research by guiding the formulation of language policy for career development in Lusophone countries.


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How to Cite

Covele, R. P. M. (2021). An Analysis of the Use of English Language for Career Development in African Higher Education: The Case of Two Mozambican Flagship Universities. Journal of Comparative & International Higher Education, 12(6S1).



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