17 février 2016

Minister aims to improve higher education standards

Théophile Mbemba, higher education and universities minister in the Democratic Republic of Congo, has given stern instructions to members of newly appointed university management committees on the need to improve standards in higher education. Read more...

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Goals and means – Reimagining the South African university

By Adam Habib. 2015 was a tumultuous year for the higher education sector in South Africa. Transformation moved to the heart of the national discourse through two sets of events: the #RhodesMustFall and #FeesMustFall movements. Collectively, these became the largest student social movements since the dawn of South Africa’s democracy in 1994. Read more...

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Second group of 29 young climate researchers selected

By Munyaradzi Makoni. Twenty-nine early career scientists from 24 African universities and research institutes have been awarded fellowships to study the impacts of climate change on the continent, under the CIRCLE – Climate Impacts Research Capacity and Leadership Enhancement – initiative. Read more...

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16 février 2016

The madness of foreign education

. Last week, chairperson of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) Senator Binta Masi Garba said this country spends over $2 billion annually to finance students’ education abroad. Some might see this as testimony to Nigerian parents’ love for education but it is more accurately a testimony to national waste, profligacy and misplacement of priorities. More...

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09 février 2016

State trying to ‘capture universities through new bill’

The controversial draft Higher Education Amendment Bill only seeks to facilitate state "capture" of universities, while the sector is on the verge of economic collapse, says South Africa’s opposition party the Democratic Alliance, writes Bekezela Phakathi for BDLive. Read more...

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Public universities suspend breakfast over money

Students attending Burundi's public universities are going without breakfast because the government can no longer afford it, underscoring the fragile state of Burundi's economy amid violent unrest, writes Eloge Willy Kaneza for Associated Press. Read more...

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Key role for universities in African education strategy

By Karen MacGregor. There is a strong call for strengthening universities and research in the new Continental Education Strategy for Africa 2016-2025. Its objectives include boosting postgraduate and post-doctoral education and growing competitive awards to nurture young academics, more international research cooperation and expanding centres of excellence and institutional links. Read more...

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08 février 2016

What about the status and situation of the Tanzania’s higher education?

Teline VBY Gastor Mapunda. THE area of education still receives a lot of coverage, particularly because it appeared as one of the silver bullets in the 2015 electoral campaigns, but more importantly because of its exceptional role in human development. Read more...

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Foresight Africa: Top priorities for the continent in 2016

Africa is at a tipping point in 2016. Despite all the success the continent has achieved in recent years, new and old dangers—economic, political, and security-related—threaten to derail its progress. With sound policymaking, effective leadership, and enough foresight, however—Africa can meet and defeat these challenges as well as the many more to come. Read more...

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03 février 2016

New university bill aims to improve accountability

Parliament was told in a briefing last week that proposed changes to laws governing tertiary institutions should not be seen as a "blank cheque" giving Higher Education and Training Minister Blade Nzimande unrestricted powers, writes Bekezela Phakathi for BDLive. Read more...

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