24 octobre 2016

What South Africa’s student protests have taught me about peacekeeping

The ConversationBy . During the 1980s as an academic at Johannesburg’s University of the Witwatersrand, I found myself caught between police and protesters – if “caught” applies to a deliberate insertion. I was a member of a peacekeeping group headed by then deputy vice-chancellor Mervyn Shear. More...

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What must fall: fees or the South African state?

The ConversationBy . The polarising effects of #FeesMustFall are now pervasive in the academy, and probably beyond. Academics turn on each other, as do their schools and faculties. More...

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Breaking the university impasse: time to put plans and research into action

The ConversationBy . Task teams, ministerial committees, judicial commissions: these are just some of the bodies that have been set up to tackle South Africa’s higher education funding crisis since 2011. More...

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Part-time lecturers are the norm in Kenya. There’s a plan to reverse the practice

The ConversationBy . More and more universities are using part-time lecturers rather than employing full-time faculty members. In the US, for instance, it’s estimated that about 50% of university teachers are only employed on a part-time basis. More...

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Genuine democracy involves more than just polling people

The ConversationBy . What is the best way to resolve conflicts in a democracy? This question took centre stage in South Africa after the University of the Witwatersrand (known as Wits) set up an electronic poll to ask students and staff whether classes should resume. More...

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20 octobre 2016

En Afrique du Sud, les étudiants se battent pour « la gratuité »

La Croix logoPar Mélinda Fantou. De Johannesburg au Cap, les principaux campus du pays s’embrasent. Les étudiants protestent contre le coût trop élevé des frais d’inscription. Voir l'article...

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18 octobre 2016

NGO body asks for rethink on university freeze order

The Non-Governmental Organisations Council has urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to reconsider his directive of freezing the establishment of new universities in the country, writes Kennedy Kangethe for CapitalFM. Read more...

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Urgent need to narrow the gender gap in African academia

By Francis Kokutse. African universities need to narrow the gap between men and women in academic positions by creating opportunities and encouraging more females to enter academia, says Reitumetse Obakeng Mabokela, vice-provost for international affairs and global strategic studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the United States. Read more...

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PhD programme empowers women in Sudan – A case study

By Brennan Weiss. In 2011, Izzeldin Osman founded a PhD programme in computer science and information technology at Sudan University of Science and Technology, or SUST, aimed at empowering women to enter more senior academic positions. So far, 12 women have graduated. Another 113 women are currently enrolled. Read more...

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Of spies, academic freedom and institutional autonomy

By Zachariah Mushawatu. At the start of his first lecture with a group of new students a prominent University of Zimbabwe political science lecturer always used to say: “I know there are spies among you sent to record what I say in my lectures – go ahead, I don’t care.” Read more...

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