27 septembre 2015

Nelson Mandela – A global icon’s lifelong learning story

By Karen MacGregor – Africa Editor. In a Special Report from the 9th Annual Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference held in Durban last week, the University of Southern California’s William Tierney speaks of the need to consciously develop social capital among low-income, first-generation students to help them succeed in university.
We outline a study of Nelson Mandela’s educational experiences that reveals him to be an exemplar of lifelong learning, and Nicola Jenvey describes Adam Habib’s take on the transformation of South African higher education, which should be founded on achieving a radical outcome – not violence.
In Africa Analysis, Savo Heleta appeals to the international community to help prioritise the rebuilding of higher education in countries that have suffered violent conflict, and Jo Beall argues that a core challenge for Africa is to encourage international collaboration to strengthen the competitiveness of its universities in ways that do not undermine national priorities.
A second Special Report forms part of a series of articles ahead of the International Council for Open and Distance Education conference next month, with The American University in Cairo’s Aziza Ellozy focusing on the importance of well-trained faculty for online learning.
In World Blog, Hans de Wit stresses that internationalisation should be extended to all students and not just the mobile minority. And in Commentary, Philip Altbach and Jamil Salmi reflect on whether the successful 'recipes' of the most innovative universities can be transferred to other institutions, and Thomas Estermann and Enora Bennetot Pruvot issue a plea for reliable funding for Europe’s Horizon 2020 programme. Read more...

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