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24 avril 2015

Government to close two in every five universities

By Eugene Vorotnikov. The number of Russian universities will be cut by 40% by the end of 2016, according to Minister of Education and Science Dmitry Livanov. In addition, the number of university branches will be slashed by 80% in the same period.
The institutions are being axed under a federal plan for the development of education during 2016 to 2020. Ministry of Education and Science data indicate that at present there are 593 state and 486 private universities, which have 1,376 and 682 branches respectively. Read more...
24 avril 2015

Call for reassessment of research and more funding

Researchers in Senegal have called for a reassessment of research, including the creation of a central research system, and for more state funding to enable them to achieve their objectives.
These were among conclusions of a debate organised by higher education and research union Sudes-ESR on “Research and National Research Centres: What directions should Senegal take?”, Le Soleil of Dakar reported from a press conference following the debate. Read more...
24 avril 2015

Funding plea for HE and research development ‘motor’

Madagascar’s government is seeking contributions from international partners to promote and equip higher education and research to be the ‘motor’ of its national development plan. Among the proposals is a competitive fund for innovation to finance research in priority sectors. Read more...
24 avril 2015

Quality HE via high-speed internet is Africa’s future

By Tom P Abeles. If the goals of the draft declaration and action plan of the African Higher Education Summit are to be achieved, there should be less focus on building traditional universities and more on expanding high-speed broadband internet that will enable global cutting-edge knowledge to be delivered to students cost-effectively. Read more...
24 avril 2015

Employer poll reveals preferred university graduates

By Gilbert Nganga. Graduates of the public University of Nairobi and the private Strathmore University are by far the most preferred by employers in Kenya, according to a poll by the Nairobi recruitment firm Corporate Staffing Services. The findings reveal long-held biases among employers and are likely to spark rivalry among universities, as the battle for the best students hots up. Read more...
24 avril 2015

Big disparities in philanthropy for universities – Study

By Munyaradzi Makoni. Ten South African universities collected a total of R659 million (US$55 million) in philanthropic income during 2013 from 4,355 donors, with nearly half from international organisations. But there were major disparities, a new survey has revealed – two universities attracted half of the funding while five received less than R23 million between them. Read more...
24 avril 2015

Training in quality assurance systems for universities

By Francis Kokutse. The German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, held a one-week training programme for 35 quality assurance directors drawn from English speaking higher education institutions in West Africa. The training in Ghana’s capital Accra was part of a project to help design quality assurance systems for tertiary institutions across the region. Read more...
24 avril 2015

Failed university-industry links escalate joblessness

By Esther Nakkazi. With many graduates across Africa unable to secure jobs, links between university education and industry are under intense scrutiny. The failure of companies to employ graduates is blamed largely on irrelevant course content that does not match industry needs. Read more...
24 avril 2015

E-Learning university launches new MOOCs platform

By Wagdy Sawahel. The Egyptian E-Learning University has launched an open initiative called Learn4All that will provide free learning opportunities for everyone.
The Learn4All initiative, which follows the MOOCs – massive open online courses – trend, was launched by the university last month, according to a press report. Read more...
24 avril 2015

Kenya to drop visas in international student drive

By Maina Waruru. The government is to abolish visas and special entry conditions for East Africans wishing to study at any university or college in Kenya, in a move that could see the country outsmart other regional states in the race to attract international students. Read more...
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