23 février 2014

Wales is punching above its weight in research

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Peter W Halligan. Wales is a small, ambitious country within the United Kingdom with a strong and growing international research base, much of which is not fully recognised in Wales or internationally. Over the past five years several reports have suggested that Welsh research has not performed as well as other UK countries or countries of a similar size. More...

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Let us focus research on what we do best

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Errol Morrison. “There are some things which we in the Caribbean will do best...and there are some things which only we in the Caribbean will want to do!” These are the words of Nobel laureate in economics, the late Professor Sir Arthur Lewis. Our small, struggling economies in the Caribbean need to focus on areas where we have demonstrated we can be world beaters, and as such develop a body of knowledge championed by the scientific research and innovation in our region. More...

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The ‘soft power’ proof of the pudding – Not in the branding

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Damtew Teferra. It is with interest that I followed the conversation between Jane Knight and John Kirkland on soft power and soft diplomacy in the last two weeks. First of all, I am not sure I would agree with Knight’s premise that the term soft power has become the ‘buzzword’ in international higher education circles; if it is, we have not noticed a hike in Africa, at least as far as I know. More...

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Can international education be truly equal and global?

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Hans de Wit and Nico Jooste. The “Global Dialogue on the Future of International Education” organised by the International Education Association of South Africa in January 2014, was the most recent manifestation of an apparent need to redefine the internationalisation of higher education at the global, regional and national levels, and to set an agenda for the future. More...

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Controversies over tuition fees and World Bank loans

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Tunde Fatunde. Three public tertiary institutions in Lagos, the richest state in Nigeria and West Africa, are embroiled in controversies over tuition fees. Lagos State University was temporarily closed following violent student protests over fees and other issues. Students and lecturers are opposed to the current fee regimes, which they claim deny qualified candidates access to higher education. They are convinced that the financial resources of the state are adequate to lessen the tuition burden. More...

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New minister and the hot issues of quality, relevance

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jan Petter Myklebust. Sofie Carsten Nielsen, who took over from Morten Østergaard as Denmark’s Minister for Higher Education and Science this month, has pledged to continue reforms underway – notably improving quality and the quest for greater workforce relevance. These have become hot and sometimes divisive issues across Scandinavia. More...

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Academics vow to fight national research fund

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Francis Kokutse. Ghana’s government has gone ahead and set up a committee to draw up modalities for a proposed national research fund to support the activities of academics – even though lecturers have vowed to fight the fund because it would scrap current allowances. More...

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New admissions body to boost enrolment equity

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Gilbert Nganga. Kenya has moved to reform the way students are admitted to universities by launching a new body that will equitably place learners in public and private universities as well as colleges. The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service, or KUCCPS, will have representatives from private universities and colleges, a departure from the past when central admissions was the preserve of public universities. More...

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India boosts HE cooperation with North Africa

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Wagdy Sawahel. In an effort to expand its ‘Look Middle East’ policy, India has announced a number of initiatives to boost higher education cooperation with three major natural resources-rich North African countries – Morocco, Tunisia and Sudan. The initiatives were unveiled during a week-long visit by India's External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid to the three Arab African countries, linked to India's food and energy security needs. More...

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World Bank rolls out African centres of excellence

http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Munyaradzi Makoni. The World Bank continued rolling out its African centres of excellence initiative this month, meeting representatives of universities in Nigeria – the country won 10 of the 15 centres – to discuss logistics around how the funding will be disbursed. The project seeks to promote regional scientific specialisation to deliver quality training and research, starting in West and Central Africa. More...

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