31 janvier 2017

Partnership offers a lifeline to students with disabilities

By Deirdre Carabine. In Ethiopia it is difficult for young people living with disabilities to succeed at university. Even if they gain access to institutions they face enormous challenges once there. A new inclusive higher education initiative is aiming to change that. More...

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Rethinking the idea of the university for an online era

By Deirdre Carabine. At the virtual university academics are not teachers so much as curators of knowledge and innovation, able to offer better quality learning materials than the materials that could be delivered in traditional classrooms. More...

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Local industries open doors to university partnerships

By Christabel Ligami. Despite government interventions and incentives, the weak relationship between academia and industry continues to be an Achilles' heel for universities. However, some recent initiatives are raising hopes about the possibility for more constructive partnerships. More...

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New graduates to assist pastoralists with climate change

By Christabel Ligami. Pastoralists in the arid and semi-arid areas of East Africa are at the coalface of climate change impacts. A new cohort of masters graduates from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania are set to enrich the capacity of these farmers to enhance their resilience to climatic variations and address growing food security challenges. More...

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Makerere embarks on headcount to establish numbers

By Esther Nakkazi. A three-week head-counting process of Makerere University students and staff aimed at establishing the precise number of students enrolled in the institution and eradicating ghost students and workers, got under way last week. More...

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Staff strike paralyses public universities

By Gilbert Nakweya. Learning was paralysed last week in Kenyan public universities after unions representing both the institutions' teaching and non-teaching staff announced a nationwide strike over salaries. More...

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Cooperation – The magic word for academic libraries

By Wagdy Sawahel. Academic libraries located in North Africa's universities need to join forces to form consortia or alliances in order to provide access to relevant information resources and services that meet the needs of higher education, according to international library experts interviewed by University World News. More...

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Harvard Middle East centre opens first overseas office

By Wagdy Sawahel. The Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University opened its first overseas office this month, in Tunisia, in what has been hailed by the university’s president as an opportunity to “bring the world to Harvard and Harvard to the world”. Among local higher education experts canvassed by University World News, hopes for the initiative seem equally high. More...

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Amnesty urges end to persecution of Darfuri students

By Maina Waruru. International human rights group Amnesty International is calling on the government of Sudan to launch urgent investigations into allegations of arbitrary arrests, detention, torture and persecution of students from the country’s troubled Darfur region by Sudanese security forces. More...

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Non-payment of lecturer salaries ‘a growing trend’

By Tunde Fatunde. Chronic delays in the payment of lecturer salaries by the federal government are causing major disruptions in Nigerian universities and have already brought some to a standstill. Despite the recession, however, salaries and allowances of all political office holders continue to be paid on time. More...

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