08 octobre 2018

Increasing HE enrolment and implications for quality

By Patrick Swanzy. Sub-Saharan Africa is under increasing pressure to increase enrolment at higher education institutions as a result of recognition of the sector as being vital to development, rapid growth in young populations in African countries and improved access and success at school levels. But what are the implications of such pressures for quality of teaching and learning. More...

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Partnerships – A grand but rewarding challenge

By Sharon Dell. South African higher education institutions should demand respect from prospective partners and ensure that partnerships are mutually beneficial and reciprocal, the recent South African Technology Network conference heard. More...

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Renewing the bonds between industry and universities

By Sharon Dell. South African Technology Network (SATN) member universities last month secured an invitation to visit Saab Grintek Defence (SGD), South Africa’s leading defence and security company, with a view to understanding how to foster a mutually-beneficial working relationship between the industry and universities of technology. More...

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Using 4IR technology for the greater good

By Sharon Dell. For the developed world, the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) brings with it celebrated innovations such as cardboard beer bottles and driverless cars – both of which originated in a university and have clear benefits to society. In the developing world, the implications of the 4IR are perhaps a little less clear, as a recent conference on the role of universities of technology has shown. More...

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University-industry collaboration for a smart future

By Sharon Dell. The fourth industrial revolution (4IR) is set to bring radical changes to the workplace – including the loss of jobs through automation and artificial intelligence (AI) – but industry will still need universities to provide the right kind of people. This makes effective collaboration between the two sectors even more important. More...

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4IR – The key to our future on Earth, and beyond?

By Sharon Dell. If universities exist in part to solve the most pressing problems of our time, they have their work cut out for them. The reality is that if humans maintain their current rate of consumption, which already exceeds the capacity of Earth to renew itself, we will soon need two planets to live off, National University of Singapore mechanical engineering professor and circular economy guru Seeram Ramakrishna told the annual South African Technology Network (SATN) Conference held in Durban, South Africa, last month, which explored the role of universities in the fourth industrial revolution (4IR). More...

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Call to increase ICT research funding at universities

By Rodrigue Rwirahira. Rwandan universities have called for extensive funding to research how information and communications technology (ICT), including mobile phones and the internet, could be leveraged to benefit ordinary users in various sectors. More...

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E-learning boosts brain-gain and reduces costs

By Rodrigue Rwirahira. Experts have called on African universities to immediately adopt the philosophy of brain-gain, facilitated by e-learning programmes, in a bid to reduce the cost of academic services and management, and invest more money in research and development. More...

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Africa vs rest of world in lively digital revolution debate

By Wachira Kigotho. “This house believes Africa has nothing to fear from a fourth industrial revolution and should seize the opportunity it represents,” was the motion of a highly contested debate at the 13th International Conference and Exhibition on ICT for Education, Training and Skills Development in Kigali, Rwanda, on 28 September. More...

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Online MOOCs battle against traditional mindsets

By Wachira Kigotho. The once glittering allure of massive open online courses (MOOCs), viewed as new learning vehicles to carry most of Africa’s youth to the frontiers of a university education, has dimmed. More...

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