08 novembre 2015

How to encourage entrepreneurship in higher education

By Karen MacGregor. The South African government used funding mechanisms to sharply increase the production of PhDs and research outputs in universities. Now clever ways need to be found to foster entrepreneurship and innovation in higher education, said Professor Ahmed Bawa, vice-chancellor of Durban University of Technology. Read more...

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The flawed ideology of ‘free higher education’

By Nico Cloete. On Saturday 17 October 2015, the Second National Higher Education Summit, organised by South Africa's Department of Higher Education and Training together with a broad range of stakeholders, issued the Durban Statement on Transformation in Higher Education. After listing significant transformation gains, the statement resolved that seven issues must be addressed immediately. Read more...

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Under-funded and ‘ethnic’ expansion threatens HE quality

By Wachira Kigotho. Attempts to revitalise African higher education are being eroded because of under-funding, competing forces that try to influence who goes to university and what they should be taught, and the rise of ethnically-based institutions, according to experts. Read more...

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Young Africa Works Summit – Learning from students

By Reuben Kyama. The MasterCard Foundation hosted its inaugural Young Africa Works Summit 2015 in Cape Town, South Africa, from 29-30 October. The gathering focused on preparing young people for employment and entrepreneurship in agriculture. REUBEN KYAMA, for University World News, spoke with REETA ROY, president and CEO of the Toronto-based foundation, at the close of the summit. Read more...

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Shona-Chinese dictionary to be launched this month

By Munyaradzi Makoni. A Shona-Chinese dictionary produced by academics at the University of Zimbabwe and its Confucius Institute will be launched on 20 November in Harare. But the dictionary – the first in Africa – is already on the market. Read more...

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Major HE expansion to proceed despite economic woes

Zambia has resolved to undertake major university infrastructure projects. The government is seeking to operationalise new higher education institutions and finish incomplete construction projects in 2016, in an initiative that involves around 12 universities and colleges. Read more...

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With sound methods, rankings could boost universities

By Francis Kokutse. Amid concerns that global rankings of universities prejudice African institutions, Peter Okebukola, former executive secretary of Nigeria’s National Universities Commission or NUC, has countered that league tables can encourage competition and improve performance. Read more...

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Half state appointees on university councils to be women

By Kudzai Mashininga. Zimbabwe has come up with a law compelling the higher and tertiary education minister to ensure that at least half of ministerial appointees on all university councils are women, as required by the country’s Constitution. Read more...

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Students abroad ‘stranded’ following economic woes

By Tunde Fatunde. The UNESCO Institute for Statistics estimates that there are some 52,000 Nigerian students abroad, including 17,300 in the top destination country the United Kingdom. The New York-based Institute of International Education reports nearly 8,000 Nigerians studying in the United States. Read more...

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Free higher education in South Africa – The poor, rich and ‘missing middle’

By Karen MacGregor – Africa Editor. In Africa Analysis, Nico Cloete argues in response to South Africa’s #FeesMustFall student movement that free higher education in a developing country is financially impossible and morally wrong as it privileges the rich – ‘Affordable higher education for all’ should be the rallying cry.
Reuben Kyama interviews Reeta Roy, president and CEO of the MasterCard Foundation, following the inaugural Young Africa Works Summit in Cape Town, and finds her inspired by the ideas and commitment of Africa’s future leaders.
In Africa Features, Wachira Kigotho learns that the revitalisation of African higher education is being eroded by under-funding and the rise of ethnically-based universities.
University World News attended the South African Technology Network’s Eighth Annual International Conference and, in the first of two Special Reports, unpacks discussions around the theme of “Entrepreneurship Education for Economic Renewal.”
In World Blog, Rahul Choudaha writes that the last thing any well-intentioned institution wants to do is treat international students as ‘cash cows’ – they need rather to investigate and invest in international student success.
In Commentary, Jeremy Rappleye and Edward Vickers examine scenarios for Japan’s Super Global Universities programme, saying that segregation of international faculty and students will not lead to successful internationalisation. Nita Temmerman contends that a major challenge for online learning in developing countries is that learners and teachers are separated from each other, in societies that place high value on social contact. And Ruwayshid Alruwaili expresses concerns that merging the ministries of higher education and education represents policy drift in Saudi Arabia. Read more...

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