24 août 2014

Lecturers with online skills needed for 2,500 vacancies

By Munyaradzi Makoni. The government of Côte d’Ivoire has launched a campaign to recruit higher education lecturers with online teaching skills to fill an estimated 2,500 vacant posts. Meanwhile, a new institute of nuclear medicine specialising in cancer treatment is due to open by the end of the year in Abidjan.
The Minister for Higher Education and Research Gnamien Konan presided over the National Commission for Recruitment of Higher Education Teachers, or CNRES, at Université Félix Houphouët Boigny d’Abidjan-Cocody, reported L’Intelligent d’Abidjan. Read more...

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Mentorship portal to deliver market-ready graduates

By Munyaradzi Makoni. A regional platform to train and mentor university graduates could produce highly skilled people who meet the demands of the agriculture industry by 2016. Research to develop the platform, which is being led by Egerton University in Kenya, started in February this year. Read more...

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Boosting African agriculture with open access

By Munyaradzi Makoni. African universities should work towards establishing open access policies, to enable their research to be more accessible to the wider scientific community.
Lisbeth Levey, a consultant on information and communication technologies for development, told delegates to the 4th Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture – RUFORUM – held from 19-25 July in Maputo, Mozambique, that academics, researchers and students should be given incentives to publish openly. Read more...

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Producing postgraduates for sustainable development

By Munyaradzi Makoni. An Education for Sustainable Development in Africa – ESDA – initiative with a three-pronged masters programme is helping to build the next generation of researchers and leaders skilled in sustainable development. The project, supported by Japan and involving eight universities in five African countries, has kicked off after years of planning and development. Read more...

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New science blueprint for agriculture takes shape

By Munyaradzi Makoni. A global quality platform to review non-institutional education providers is to be piloted by America’s Council for Higher Education Accreditation and its International Quality Group. The platform is aimed at protecting students and is a response to the explosion of non-traditional provision – including MOOCs – and increasingly international higher education. Read more...

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Agriculture training key to meeting continental needs

By Munyaradzi Makoni. Higher education in agriculture must provide training that allows Africa to feed itself, accommodate women, advise policy-makers, make use of innovative technologies, multiply fully trained researchers and turn research results into practice.
This was the central message from the biennial meeting of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, RUFORUM, held in the Mozambican capital Maputo from 19-25 July. Read more...

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Budgeting woes hit European-funded mobility schemes

By Munyaradzi Makoni. The managers of Africa’s intra-ACP exchange programmes say that organising a large number of mobile students on the continent is a logistical nightmare. Worse, students complain of lack of research funding. Too many factors were not considered when European-funded mobility schemes were conceptualised for implementation in Africa.
The intra-ACP academic mobility scheme promotes cooperation between higher education institutions and supports student and staff mobility in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific. Read more...

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SPECIAL REPORT – RUFORUM summit

The 4th Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture – RUFORUM – was held from 19-25 July in the Mozambique capital Maputo. Senior University World News writer Munyaradzi Makoni was there. RUFORUM, a consortium of 42 universities in 19 countries, celebrates the tenth anniversary of its establishment this year. Read more...

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East Africa initiative to boost women leaders in HE

By Wagdy Sawahel. An East African chapter of HERS – Higher Education Resource Services – has been launched. Based at Makerere University in Uganda, HERS-EA will among other things provide training to prepare more women leaders to steer universities in the region. HERS-EA was launched on 5 August during a two-day conference held in the Ugandan capital Kampala, which drew more than 150 participants from universities in Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. Read more...

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Unions warn of rise in pharmacy, dentistry admissions

By Ashraf Khaled. Egypt’s professional unions have warned against an increase in numbers of new students attending the country’s schools of pharmacology and dentistry, saying that graduates of both majors already surpass the market needs. Read more...

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