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Do they need ivy in Africa? Ruminations of an African geographer trained abroad Daniel S. Tevera

It is now twenty years since I enrolled at Queen's University in Canada and eighteen years since I joined the University of Cincinnati in the USA for postgraduate studies in geography. During the past fourteen years I have been teaching geography and doing research almost continuously at the University of Zimbabwe, except for the 1992/93 academic year, which I spent in the department of environmental science at the University of Botswana as a visiting scholar, and other interruptions when I have been away in Sweden, England, the USA and Germany on brief research fellowships. In this chapter, I intend to ruminate on my experiences as a student in postgraduate geography programmes at the two North American universities and as a staff member at the University of Zimbabwe.