19 janvier 2016

More graduate study, new facilities for top university

By Ahmed Mohamoud Elmi. Somaliland’s Minister of Education and Higher Studies Abdillahi Ibrahim Habane was among 75 students who graduated last month with a masters degree in international relations and diplomacy from the University of Hargeisa, the country’s largest higher education institution. He extolled the virtues of lifelong learning. Read more...

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Global gathering of top minds to boost science in Africa

By Karen MacGregor. A first global gathering of top (especially young) scientists to be held on African soil, aimed at advancing African science and innovation and showcasing scientific progress on the continent, is being held by the Next Einstein Forum in the Senegalese capital Dakar in March – a year after the first African Higher Education Summit took place there. Read more...

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Flagships – Underrated in Africa; an alternative to world-class universities?

By Karen MacGregor – Acting Global Editor. In Africa Features, Ahmed Mohamoud Elmi takes us to the University of Hargeisa in Somaliland, where the education minister has just graduated with a masters in international relations and diplomacy and the new vice-chancellor has plans for improvement. In Africa Analysis, Simon Ngalomba reflects on the cost-cutting reforms of Tanzania’s new President John Pombe Magufuli, including their impacts on universities.
Damtew Teferra contends that Africa’s flagship universities need greater recognition for their contributions to development. Also on flagships, in Commentary Bekir S Gur asks whether the ‘new flagship university’ outlined in a new book by Berkeley’s John Douglass could provide an alternative model to the ‘world-class universities’ with which higher education is obsessed – this is the first in a series of articles on the topic. Francisco Marmolejo argues that university rankings have value but alternative benchmarking processes are needed.
David Newman slates the Israeli government for making political appointments to key jobs in the Council for Higher Education, thus endangering the country’s strong research performance.
Mark Ashwill looks at what is driving growing numbers of Vietnamese to study in America, while Tapas R Dash reports on the challenges Cambodia faces in improving higher education quality and how internationalisation can help. And in World Blog, Robin Matross Helms proposes engaging academics in internationalisation early in their careers so that global perspectives become embedded in their teaching and research. Read more...

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11 janvier 2016

International charity opens African office to boost R&D

An international charity and non-governmental organisation that works to promote Africa’s scientific independence has launched a local office in Mauritius to help boost research and development on the continent, reports SciDev.Net. Read more...

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Eight countries to get 23 centres of research excellence

By Maina Waruru. Twenty-three proposals from eight countries have been conditionally selected for the World Bank’s Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centres of Excellence Project – ACE II. Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda each bagged four research centres, followed by Kenya and Rwanda with three, Malawi and Zambia with two and Zimbabwe with one. Read more...

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Garissa college, site of 2015 terror massacre, reopens

By Wachira Kigotho. Garissa University College in northeast Kenya has reopened, nine months after 147 students were killed in a brutal assault by Somalia-based al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab Islamist militants. Read more...

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09 janvier 2016

What final exam results reveal about South Africa’s school system

The ConversationBy  and . South Africa’s Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga announced on January 5 that 70.7% of the country’s matrics – learners who wrote their final Grade 12 exams in 2015 – passed. Some can now apply for hotly contested university places; others will choose vocational training, take a gap year or try to head straight into the workforce. More...

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South Africa’s universities may not be ready for the latest crop of school leavers

The ConversationBy . When South Africa’s annual matric results are announced, it is important to listen to what is said - and, more importantly, to what is not. More...

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06 janvier 2016

Kenya : l’université de Garissa réouvre ses porte

9 mois après l’attaque meurtrière menée à l’université de Garissa par les shebab, commando islamiste somalien, faisant 148 morts, dont 142 étudiants de l’université, dans le nord-est du Kenya, l’établissement a réouvert ses portes, le 4 janvier dernier. Une très belle nouvelle pour le pays et pour les étudiants qui reprendront le chemin du campus dès lundi prochain.
« Un acte barbare contre le savoir et la liberté qui sont le symbole de l’Université partout dans le monde » : tels étaient les mots employés par la CPU, dans son communiqué du 7 avril 2015. Si la blessure est encore profonde, la vie reprend à l’Université de Garissa. Voir l'article...

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03 janvier 2016

Tanzanian universities combat female genital mutilation

By Chris Havergal. Better training will help communities to prevent and deal with consequences of procedure, says vice-chancellor. More...

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