06 juin 2016

Personalisation is key to minimising student dropout

By Gad Yair and Nofar Gueta. How many positive experiences do students have in their department? Are institutions aware of the many negative experiences that first generation students come up against – and do they attempt to turn those negative experiences into positive ones? What are the drivers for such transformative experiences and can we use them to increase equity and expand students' life chances. Read more...

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Roma, hate speech and the political failure of Europe

By William New. Over the past decade there have been many changes in the political and social situation for Roma, some of which might even qualify as progress, but we have also witnessed the re-emergence of violent prejudices one might have hoped were extinct, or at least regulated. Read more...

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State intervention is not enough to achieve equity

By Bin Wu and W John Morgan. China is a country marked by sharp differences in regional development and by social inequalities, especially between rural and urban areas. This is echoed in access to higher education opportunities. Read more...

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A new way of learning to challenge poverty

By Brendan O'Malley. Nearly three decades ago Geeta Dharmarajan had a vision. She wanted to bring education to the children of Delhi’s overcrowded slums – who were being denied school because they had to work, selling patties or collecting rubbish to help their family survive – but she did not believe traditional teaching methods would succeed. Read more...

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Scholactivism – A growing movement of scholar-activists

By Rebecca Farnum. The role of academia in public life and social change has always been debated. Many people critique universities as ‘Ivory Towers’, with little relevance to the ‘real’ world. Yet research – much of it taking place in universities – has been critical to the creation of technology and the arts. Read more...

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Reinventing the curriculum for today’s students

By Suellen Shay. It has become common in discussions about higher education and equity to draw on the metaphor of ‘pathways’. This metaphor has usefully focused attention on access: the gap between school and university, the articulation between and across different tiers of the system and a range of barriers faced by students from traditionally underrepresented communities. Read more...

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Rethinking curriculum approaches in challenging times

By Elizabeth de Kadt, Brenda Leibowitz and Precious Sipuka. Higher education has been in the spotlight in South Africa, with students demanding greater access – including epistemological access – and decolonising of the curriculum. In the press, too, have been the unsatisfactory completion rates of students. Read more...

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Global universities and their global responsibilities

By Eilis Ferran. I was recently invited to address a meeting of the International Alliance of Research Universities at the University of Cape Town in South Africa. The theme was “Global transformation” and I spoke about “Global universities and their global responsibilities”. Stimulated by the lively discussion and energised by the powerful strategic transformation process underway at our host institution, I have continued to reflect on the theme. Read more...

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Iconic university celebrates 100 years amid challenges

By Sharon Dell. Former South African president Nelson Mandela wrote in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom that for young black South Africans like himself, the University of Fort Hare was “Oxford and Cambridge, Harvard and Yale, all rolled into one”. Read more...

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Vice-chancellors unite to strengthen higher education

By Karen MacGregor. There is growing collaboration between the vice-chancellors of 143 Nigerian federal, state and private universities, as well as with African and international associations, as leaders unite to develop and internationalise their institutions, says Professor Michael Faborode, secretary general of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities. Read more...

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