04 avril 2016

Are African universities ready for the return of diaspora academics?

By Karen MacGregor – Africa Editor. In Africa Analysis, James Otieno Jowi describes Norway’s new programme for academic collaboration with the global South, which represents a move away from study abroad that results in brain drain to postgraduate-level partnerships and short exchanges. Deren Temel argues that the World Bank and UNESCO’s competing visions impeded African higher education. Now governments must modernise universities while widening participation to achieve truly sustainable development.
In Africa Features, Reuben Kyama outlines ambitious plans for training a new generation of leaders, following the launch of the African Leadership University in Mauritius. And in the latest in a series on African university leadership, Wachira Kigotho reports on a study by CODESRIA’s Ibrahim Oanda Ogachi questioning whether African universities are ready for diaspora academics.
In Commentary, Gearóid Ó Cuinn argues that transnational education is not detached from human rights obligations and universities involved are responsible for due diligence and monitoring for abuses.
Dean Hristov encourages universities to use big data and predictive analytics to predict future skills needs and develop future-ready global talent, while Terje Mørland and Stig Arne Skjerven call for a Europe-wide qualifications ‘passport’ for refugee students. And in Global Features, Jan Petter Myklebust reports on the findings of a Swedish study on the use and effects of the tenure track system in six countries. Read more...

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