15 août 2016

Defining the responsible university: Commonwealth HE leaders' conference

By Karen MacGregor – Africa Editor. The Association of Commonwealth Universities leaders’ conference 2016 was held in Ghana last month. In a Special Report Brennan Weiss outlines a call by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan for universities to promote democracy, as growing inequality and intolerance threaten higher education globally. He also examines the introduction of venture creation programmes in higher education and the role of the entrepreneurial university.
Tunde Fatunde reports on a ministerial panel that called for higher education to empower both women and men, roles for religions and dialogue in countering the radicalisation of students, historical injustices that universities are helping to overcome in South Africa and the Caribbean, and opportunities and challenges in African higher education.
In Commentary, Sean Gallagher writes that alternative qualifications experiments are blurring the boundaries between professional development, occupational credentialing and formal higher education. Yossef Ben-Meir, Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki and Kati Roumani describe a non-profit organisation in Morocco that provides training for youth in vulnerable communities to help catalyse development and so counter violent extremism.
Bernhard Streitwieser and Simon Morris-Lange encourage Germany’s policy-makers and universities to lead the way in integrating young refugees and encouraging tolerance despite recent terror attacks, and Claudio Bifano hopes that Venezuelan science can overcome the underfunding, low wages and brain drain that characterised the era of Hugo Chávez. Read more...

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