28 juillet 2015

When and how spending on science can lead to big social returns

By David Richard Walwyn. The rapid expansion of government funding for science in South Africa is perhaps surprising given the present climate of spending cutbacks amid urgent social priorities. Funding for public science in South Africa has increased by 71% in five years. It will reach R7.6 billion in 2015-16. Read more...

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Investing in peer review to strengthen African science

By Muhammad Mehmood-Ul-Hassan and Jan De Leeuw. Capacity in science has two key dimensions: the competency to undertake credible research, and the skill to review and assess research for its scientific merit and authenticity. Read more...

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Time for an African charter on academic freedom

By Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua. The UNESCO Recommendation Concerning the Status of Higher Education Teaching Personnel was adopted by the Paris-based United Nations agency’s general conference in 1997, after a thorough process of consultation with academic and legal experts and international NGOs, in particular the International Labour Organization, or ILO. Read more...

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Decision to remove Hitler-loving student leader upheld

By Munyaradzi Makoni. A University of the Witwatersrand independent appeal and review committee has upheld a decision made in May to remove Mcebo Dlamini, the former student representative council president, from office for misconduct. Dlamini sparked outrage in South Africa for professing deep admiration for Hitler. Read more...

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Grappling with a plagiarism problem in universities

By Munyaradzi Makoni. Banishing academic dishonesty could help Mozambique nurture original thinkers who are economically efficient and socially suited to develop the country. But this will only be possible if administrators work with professors and students to build strong measures to combat widespread plagiarism, which is hampering the production of quality graduates. Read more...

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Carnegie grant to strengthen RUFORUM doctoral training

By Maina Waruru. The Uganda-based Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, or RUFORUM, has received a boost for its doctoral training programme with a grant of US$1.5 million from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.. Read more...

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Loan to improve technical and vocational training

By Maina Waruru. Kenya’s plan to revitalise post-secondary technical and vocational institutions – aimed at imparting engineering, science and technical skills to thousands more young people – is taking shape thanks to a US$62 million loan from the African Development Bank, or AfDB. Read more...

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Boosting alternative energy training in universities

By Munyaradzi Makoni. The Africa-European Union Renewable Energy Cooperation Programme, or RECP, is shaping renewable energy market development with support for training the next generation of energy professionals and promoting renewable energy research in Africa. Read more...

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Foreign institutions warned over PhD admissions

By Francis Kokutse. Foreign tertiary institutions in Ghana have been directed by the National Accreditation Board, or NAB, to ensure that only students with certificates awarded by institutions accredited by the board be admitted to PhD courses. Read more...

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Crisis at engineering pole of excellence 2iE

By Jane Marshall. The highly reputed Institut International d’Ingénierie de l’Eau et de l’Environnement, or 2iE, has been in crisis for several months, with some staff, students and parents protesting against what they claim is disastrous and incompetent management, according to press reports. Read more...

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