04 avril 2016

Are African universities ready for the return of diaspora academics?

By Karen MacGregor – Africa Editor. In Africa Analysis, James Otieno Jowi describes Norway’s new programme for academic collaboration with the global South, which represents a move away from study abroad that results in brain drain to postgraduate-level partnerships and short exchanges. Deren Temel argues that the World Bank and UNESCO’s competing visions impeded African higher education. Now governments must modernise universities while widening participation to achieve truly sustainable development.
In Africa Features, Reuben Kyama outlines ambitious plans for training a new generation of leaders, following the launch of the African Leadership University in Mauritius. And in the latest in a series on African university leadership, Wachira Kigotho reports on a study by CODESRIA’s Ibrahim Oanda Ogachi questioning whether African universities are ready for diaspora academics.
In Commentary, Gearóid Ó Cuinn argues that transnational education is not detached from human rights obligations and universities involved are responsible for due diligence and monitoring for abuses.
Dean Hristov encourages universities to use big data and predictive analytics to predict future skills needs and develop future-ready global talent, while Terje Mørland and Stig Arne Skjerven call for a Europe-wide qualifications ‘passport’ for refugee students. And in Global Features, Jan Petter Myklebust reports on the findings of a Swedish study on the use and effects of the tenure track system in six countries. Read more...

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Jahrestag an der Garissa-Uni in Kenia: Wie man nach einem Massaker studiert

SPIEGEL ONLINEDie Backsteinwände der Wohnheime auf dem Campus in Eldoret sind voll gepflastert mit Werbung für Laptops, USB-Sticks und billige Internet-Tarife. Die Korridore sind lang, dunkel und ein wenig unheimlich. Mehr...

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31 mars 2016

It's Africa's time to rise: let's end our academic isolation

The Guardian homeByPhillip L Clay. This week, leading scientists and policymakers will meet in Dakar to discuss Africa’s scientific future. I believe that strengthening education is the key. More...

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30 mars 2016

African academics face a huge divide between their real and scholarly selves

The ConversationBy . African scholarship on Africa is operating at only a fraction of its true potential. It is hampered by the preferences, policies and politics of the Western academy. There are three reasons for my assertion. More...

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Decolonising economics: more context is needed, not less content

The ConversationBy . There is a new call to arms at South African universities: it’s time to decolonise the economics curriculum. This is part of a broader project to make curricula across disciplines more applicable to the South African context. More...

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23 mars 2016

How Are African Universities Doing?

http://chet.org.za/files/chet_logo.jpgClaudia Frittelli, Program Officer, Higher Education & Research in Africa, International Program at Carnegie Corporation of New York, attended the recent CHET HERANA series of meetings held towards the end of November 2015. She has written the following blog in which she shares her insights on the value of collecting data and developing indicators at institutional level in African universities. More...

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Changes in the shape of the post-school system in South Africa

http://chet.org.za/files/chet_logo.jpgThe graphic below shows how the shape of the South African post-school system has change in the past four years. While there was growth across all sectors of the post-school system from 2010 to 2012, most sectors have not grown from 2012 to 2014. In fact, some sectors, such as private universities and public adult education, have shrunk between 2012 and 2014. The graph also shows that the public college sector grew the most relative to other sectors such as public universities, but, worryingly, so has the number of NEETs. More...

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22 mars 2016

Universities grow but skills pool shrinks – World Bank

By Wachira Kigotho. Despite the rapid expansion of Kenyan higher education in the last two decades, universities have failed to produce employable graduates and there is a shrinking supply of skilled labour. In a key report on the country’s economic status, the World Bank faults universities for a focus on revenue generation and weak quality assurance mechanisms. Read more...

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15 mars 2016

Connectivism in Learning Activity Design: Implications for Pedagogically-Based Technology Adoption in African Higher Education

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web.  Connectivism in Learning Activity Design: Implications for Pedagogically-Based Technology Adoption in African Higher Education Contexts
Rita Ndagire Kizito, The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning (IRRODL), 2016/03/02
This is a "reflection on the process of designing learning activities that employ blogging in an experimental training intervention provides a unique context in which to try and infuse connectivist principles while outlining the challenges that surface." How does connectivism inform the work in this context. More...

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Challenges of virtual and open distance science teacher education in Zimbabwe

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis paper reports on a study of the implementation of science teacher education through virtual and open distance learning in the Mashonaland Central Province, Zimbabwe. The study provides insight into challenges faced by students and lecturers on inception of the program at four centres. Data was collected from completed evaluation survey forms of forty-two lecturers who were directly involved at the launch of the program and in-depth interviews. More...

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