29 février 2016

International meeting debates UNESCO History of Africa

UNESCO is strongly committed to using its General History of Africa project in teaching in African Union countries to highlight the continent’s common heritage, said Angola’s Science and Technology Minister Maria Cândida Teixeira Pereira at the close of UNESCO’s fourth international scientific council meeting on the ninth volume of the publication. Read more...

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R16 billion more over medium term for higher education

Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan did not say much about the funding of universities in his Budget speech, except that extra support amounting to R16 billion will go to the higher education system over the medium term (three years), writes Jaco Leuvennink for Times Live. Read more...

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Law to improve academic status, after months of protest

By Jane Marshall. After months of union strikes and protests against the government of Senegal’s ‘lack of respect for signed agreements’, the national assembly adopted laws improving the status of university lecturers and living and working conditions for students. Read more...

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20,000 graduates to be exported to South Sudan

By Kudzai Mashiningo. An agreement has been signed that will see Zimbabwe sending nearly 20,000 graduates for employment in South Sudan. This is in line with an initiative by Zimbabwean authorities to export labour from a country that has Africa’s highest literacy rate and one of its highest jobless rates – estimated at over 80%. Read more...

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Minister sacks 13 university vice-chancellors, councils

By Tunde Fatunde. Nigeria’s education minister has sacked the vice-chancellors and governing councils of 13 federal universities. In the same breath, he announced the university leaders’ successors. Strangely, no reason was given for the mass firing that has shocked the higher education community and the country. Read more...

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Harmonising African research grant administration

By Linda Nordling. When Tanzania’s national science funding body, the Commission for Science and Technology or COSTECH, got a budget increase in 2010, it did not spend it all on research. Read more...

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University leaders seek help as protests turn violent

By Munyaradzi Makoni and Karen MacGregor. Violent protests and racial clashes closed universities around South Africa last week. Vice-chancellors called for help in identifying perpetrators of campus violence, who showed “total disregard for the academic project, the rules of engagement and the laws and Constitution”. Read more...

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African higher education – Setting the agenda for ‘going global’

By Karen MacGregor – Africa Editor. University World News is a media partner to the British Council’s Going Global 2016 conference, to be held in May in Africa for the first time. We preview this big international higher education event in an interview with Jo Beall, director of education and society for the British Council, and look at university rankings in discussion with Gerald Wangenge-Ouma, while Brendan O’Malley explores how universities can respond to the refugee crisis.
In Africa Analysis, Patrício Langa, Gerald Wangenge-Ouma, Jens Jungblut and Nico Cloete argue that South Africa should look to Africa to see that free higher education, which local students are demanding, failed to universalise access or advance social inclusion. In Africa Features, Wachira Kigotho finds three African countries among the top 50 globally that are leading in science and engineering publication.
With the British people due to vote on 23 June on whether to stay in the European Union, Commentary brings opposing views on Brexit: Anne Corbett confirms that the university sector has been pro-EU from the start and explains why; while Alan Sked contends that Brexit is the obvious future for Britain and vice-chancellors should stop panicking.
In World Blog, Grace Karram Stephenson takes up the plight of the rising number of precarious, part-time instructors in academia. And in Academic Freedom, Pavin Chachavalpongpun reports from personal experience that critical Thai academics are being threatened and their families harassed, while the West turns a blind eye, and Laurie A Brand says the Middle East Studies Association has written an unprecedented number of protest letters on academic freedom violations in the Middle East, with targeted attacks on academics in Turkey being the worst. Read more...

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27 février 2016

Toward universal learning: A new video on tackling assessment challenges in Africa

By . In order to meet the ambitious education targets outlined in Sustainable Development Goal 4 and the Education 2030 Framework for Action, countries need to accelerate progress toward improving education quality and learning outcomes. More...

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26 février 2016

Open-Distance Education as a Mechanism for Sustainable Development: Reflections on the Nigerian Experience

International Review of Research in Open and Distributed LearningThis article examines open-distance learning in Nigeria and the role it plays in personal, community, and national development. Following consultation with existing literature, a qualitative survey was conducted using questionnaires, interviews, and participatory experience. Although particular emphasis was paid to the Nigerian context, the findings in this article may be regarded as reflective distance education experiences elsewhere in Africa. More...

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