20 octobre 2013

New book probes funding of higher education in Africa

By Karen MacGregor. The financing of higher education in Africa is about much more than money, according to a new book. Deep issues include lack of capacity to use resources, mismanagement and red tape, huge expansion that sees more funding but spread more thinly across universities, and the generation of alternative income, says the book’s editor Damtew Teferra. More...

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Postgraduates – Getting lost in a bureaucratic maze?

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Nicola Jenvey. A study by South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal has outlined the importance of providing postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows with sufficient administrative support, as a way to boost the numbers willing to continue their education and research at the institution. More...

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Counting (students) on international collaboration

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Steve Nerlich. Like most countries sending students out to study in other countries, Australia depends on those other countries to confirm where its students go and what they study. We can and do aim to ask our own university students where they went and what they did, after the fact. For example, a recent Australian University International Directors' Forum survey found that over 24,000 Australian university students studied for a time in other countries in 2012 during the course of their Australian degree, with about a third choosing a study destination in Asia. More...

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Foreign lecturers recruited despite security concerns

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Tunde Fatunde. The executive governor of Yobe state in north-east Nigeria, who is also a visitor at Bukar Abba Ibrahim University, has approved the employment of 35 professors from India and the Philippines. They were recruited ostensibly to teach and research desert encroachment, which is threatening the environment in parts of the state. Although the state is committed to building a 21st century university, it has been unable to recruit any competent Nigerians due to security fears and ideological challenges posed by Boko Haram, an Islamic sect opposing so-called ‘Western’ education, including academic programmes in the state-owned university. More...

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University seeks solutions to massive e-waste problem

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Wachira Kigotho. The rising tide of mobile telephony in Kenya, which currently stands at about 30 million subscribers, is becoming a significant source of e-waste. Obsolete computers, televisions and electronic equipment are exacerbating the problem. Now a university has stepped in to help clean it all up. According to Joseph Tiampati, the government’s principal secretary for information, communication and technology, the imminent switching off of the analogue television broadcasting system was also expected to increase domestically generated e-waste. More...

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China inaugurates Confucius Institute, builds library

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Fortune Sylivester. The Chinese influence in Tanzania seems to be growing by the day. The University of Dar es Salaam is to start offering courses in the Chinese language through a new Confucius Institute, and China is building a state-of-the-art library and a secondary school. The development at the country’s oldest higher education institution came barely six months after the University of Dodoma signed an agreement with the Zhengzhou Institute of Aeronautical Industry Management to establish a Confucius Institute. More...

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New initiative links universities with economy

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Wagdy Sawahel. Algeria plans to set up innovation centres consisting of mixed research groups from higher education institutions, science and technology centres and the industrial, economic and social sectors, in an effort to boost the role of research in developing a knowledge-based economy. The new initiative – one of the first steps in implementing a five-year (2013-17) higher education reform plan – was announced on 30 September by Mohamed Mebarki, the higher education and scientific research minister, according to El Khabar newspaper. More...

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Intense competition for new ‘42’ IT start-up academy

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jan Petter Myklebust. Up to 70,000 young people between the ages of 18 and 30 have completed a four-hour aptitude test on the internet to compete for a place at ‘42’ – a grand educational experiment in France to recruit talented, often underprivileged, youths to the informatics sector. Self-made billionaire Xavier Niel and a group of incubator entrepreneurs are behind the initiative. More...

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Greek rectors ask for European Union support over staff cuts

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Carmen Paun. Rectors of Greek universities asked the European Parliament in Brussels last Thursday to put pressure on the Greek government not to implement an order that would see 1,349 administrative staff laid off in the months to come.
“We think that there should be European pressure on the Greek government so they realise that the measures taken in higher education in Greece will have an impact on Europe itself,” said Helen Karamalengou, a professor in the department of philology at the University of Athens, during a press briefing held in Brussels. More...

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World Bank, Coursera to take MOOCs to developing world

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Peta Lee. Developing countries worldwide are to benefit from an agreement signed last Tuesday by the World Bank Group and Coursera, a leading provider of MOOCs – massive open online courses. The collaboration aims to help meet the demand for solutions-oriented learning on pressing issues in targeted countries. The courses will be offered as part of a new Open Learning Campus being built by the World Bank, “where practitioners, development partners and the general public can more systematically access real-time, relevant and world-class learning”, according to a press releaseMore...

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