02 juin 2013

First student loan scheme bill passes second reading

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgByTunde Fatunde. A bill to create a student loan scheme – called a Higher Education Bank – has passed a second reading in the national assembly and is expected to be approved soon. As expected, there was jubilation among students over the scheme, which is unprecedented in Nigerian higher education. Student beneficiaries would receive sufficient funding to pay for their higher education and would begin repayment two years after finishing their studies. However, some lecturers called for caution regarding the loan scheme’s implementation. Read more...

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MOOCs firm strikes deals with 10 public universities

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBySteve Kolowich, The Chronicle of Higher Education. Coursera, the Silicon Valley-based provider of massive open online courses, or MOOCs, last Thursday announced a series of deals with state universities that would place the young company squarely in the middle of the current upheaval in public higher education. This is an article from The Chronicle of Higher Education, America’s leading higher education publication. It is presented here under an agreement with University World News. Read more...

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New initiatives to reform higher education announced

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Wagdy Sawahel. Libya has launched several initiatives to reform universities, in an effort to achieve global academic standards and match higher education graduates with local job market demands. The initiatives were announced by Bashir Eshteiwi, Libya's deputy minister of higher education and scientific research, at the Arab Education Summit hosted by ArabBrains, a networking organisation that connects innovative education, public and private sector leaders. Read more...

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AAU pushes to expand activity and geographical base

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Ard Jongsma. The 13th General Conference of the Association of African Universities, or AAU, held in Libreville, Gabon last week, staked out the AAU’s path for the next four years. There is the promise of a 25% increase in project funding, a new composition of the board and presidencies and – perhaps most significantly – a strong push to strengthen the position of the association in Francophone Africa. Starting with the latter, the trend was already set last year, when Etienne Ehile of Côte d'Ivoire was installed as the association’s new secretary general after Olugbemiro Jegede. The choice of Gabon as the venue for the 13th assembly underlined these aspirations too. Read more...

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Tackling a serious shortage of lecturers with PhDs

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Hiep Pham. Vietnam is facing a shortage of highly qualified academics in its universities and colleges as a result of the over-expansion of higher education in the past two decades. In 2012, only 11% of the country’s 84,109 lecturers held doctorate degrees. And the proportion is getting worse; in 2000, nearly 15% of 30,309 academics had PhDs. The ratio of PhD-holding lecturers per student is even more alarming – over the 12 years the ratio has fallen from 0.5% (one highly qualified lecturer per 200 students) in 2000 to 0.415% in 2012. Read more...

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Student unrest hits Chile's universities in new QS regional ranking

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy David Jobbins. Turmoil in Chile’s universities during 2011-12 may lie behind the relatively poor performance of the country’s universities in the third annual QS University Rankings for Latin America, published on 28 May. More than half of the country's universities – 17 out of 30 – in the top 300 have fallen in the table compared to last year, including four of the top five. Read more...

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Engage with the higher education journalists

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgWorldviews 2013” is less than a month away – 19 to 21 June. We’re delighted to be welcoming distinguished journalists from publications around the world, including University World News, Inside Higher Ed, Times Higher Education, the Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Maclean's, Al Jazeera, USA Today, US News, J-Source, University Affairs, Futurity and more. The full conference agenda is now online. The impact of new and emerging forms of communication, the internationalisation of higher education campuses and the restructuring of media and academia in the context of financial constraints, are some of the critical issues that these attendees will address, discuss, and debate. Read more...

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University demands that students and staff learn Zulu

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Nicola Jenvey. The University of KwaZulu-Natal's decision that all new students register for a compulsory Zulu course from next year has thrown the proverbial cat among the pigeons. While details of the initiative – a first for South African higher education – are unclear, the university believes that students must demonstrate bilingualism to earn their degrees. The university is calling it “a watershed moment promoting social cohesion”. The move requires every undergraduate, regardless of faculty, to complete the one-semester language course. Currently, only health sciences students must complete a Zulu module. Read more...

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Board of Investment leads island bid to become HE hub

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Guillaume Gouges. Mauritius has been showcasing its assets in recent years and is aiming to become a hub for world-class education and a destination for international students and institutions. Board of Investment Chair Ken Poonoosamy spoke to University World News about the Indian Ocean island’s strategies for achieving these goals.
UWN: Why are international institutions establishing branches in Mauritius?
Poonoosamy: With its bilingual educational system and a multicultural learning environment, Mauritius is positioning itself as an international knowledge hub. Read more...

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China in African education – A force for good?

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgByMilton Obamba. China and Africa have a long tradition of bilateral cooperation. But the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation – FOCAC – in 2000 has revolutionised Sino-African cooperation. FOCAC is an intergovernmental agency established jointly by China and African nations to provide a plan for strengthening bilateral cooperation between China and 50 African member countries. Read more...

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