14 mars 2016

‘Next Einstein’ connects Africa’s young research talent to the world

By Karen MacGregor – Africa Editor. Last week University World News attended the first Next Einstein Forum Global Gathering in Senegal. Munyaradzi Makoni reports on the event that attracted 800 leaders and scientists from 100 countries and was the first in a series that will showcase Africa’s top young scientists and connect them across the continent and to the global research community.
In Africa Features, Sharon Dell looks at the thorny issues of university autonomy and transformation in South Africa, which came under scrutiny during public hearings on the Higher Education Amendment Bill. Maina Waruru covers a continental meeting of African innovators to set the research agenda for Grand Challenges Africa.
And in Africa Analysis, Peter McGrath writes that improving communication was the key concept that emerged from a recent conference of science academies from around the world, focused on science advice and held in South Africa.
In a Special Report on higher education for refugees, Leon Cremonini says that integration of Syrian refugees in host communities is essential because they are there for the long term – and higher education is necessary to ensure integration. Reva Dhingra highlights serious hurdles for refugees in accessing higher education and the challenges they face after graduation.
The refugee theme continues in World Blog, with Hans de Wit suggesting that investing in higher education in the developing world – starting with countries neighbouring Syria – would be a good long-term strategy to address illegal immigration problems at their root. And in Commentary, Kevin Hylton says higher education in the United Kingdom has a significant problem with its colonial past and racial discrimination. Read more...

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