19 juin 2017

Outcry over Trump budget proposal to cut medical centre research funds

By Sharon Dell – Acting Africa Editor. In Africa Features this week, Andrew Green gives voice to the outcry from academics across Africa following a proposal by the US Trump administration to cut funding for the Fogarty centre, which is mutually beneficial to US and African collaborators, while Tunde Fatunde writes about a monarch’s intervention in a government proposal to ban agricultural colleges from offering management courses in Nigeria; and Gilbert Nakweya reports that a UNESCO-organised conference on higher education and research in Djibouti resolved that East African governments should work with universities on climate change.
   In the first of our two-part Special Report on the recent Association of African Universities 14th General Conference and Golden Jubilee Celebrations, Sharon Dell writes about the way in which an EU project is helping African universities to improve the employability of its graduates; while Francis Kokutse reports on Africa’s progress towards harmonisation in higher education, and Ard Jongsma highlights the importance of student voices in any university change process.
   Among our news reports from around the continent, Wachira Kigotho writes about new guidelines for academic appointments and promotions in Kenya which place heavy emphasis on publication in reputable, peer-reviewed journals, while Maina Waruru writes about a German-funded ICT centre of excellence planned for East Africa.
   In World Blog this week, Margaret Andrews says higher education institutions need to prepare themselves for an increasingly turbulent environment, and a bit of awareness, advance planning and knowledge can make all the difference. More...
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