27 août 2016

South African academics ask Zuma to ‘stop the war’ on finance minister

The ConversationBy . South Africa’s minister of finance Pravin Gordhan is again on a collision course with the country’s Directorate for Priority Crime Investigations. The row has unsettled the country’s already shaky currency, the rand. It’s also prompted a group of senior academics from nine universities to pen an open letter. The letter, which first appeared on local news site the Rand Daily Mail, is republished below. More...

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Fighting fire with fire is unlikely to stem Kenya student unrest

The ConversationBy and . Ongoing student unrest in Kenya has seen at least 100 schools set alight. Many have been closed, with 6,000 students thought to have been sent home early in the process. The shocking acts of destruction of school and student property have led the country to seek answers for the causes of this delinquent behaviour. More...

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Higher education in South Africa hangs in the balance. Here are four scenarios

The ConversationBy . Higher education in South Africa is at another crossroads. Students have put pressure on the state to offer “fee-free” education to all following their success last year in securing a zero increase in fees for 2015. But the battle over what fee structure is appropriate for the country is far from over. More...

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26 août 2016

Udemy secures $60m from South Africa’s Naspers

By Beckie Smith. San Francisco-based online learning platform Udemy has received a $60m investment from Africa’s most highly-valued listed company, Cape Town-based Naspers. More...

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15 août 2016

Parliament passes Technical Universities Bill

The bill to convert six out of the 10 polytechnics into fully-fledged universities received the unanimous approval of Ghanaian legislators on 3 August, reports Ghana Web. Read more...

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Universities face financial struggle

South African universities are currently struggling financially and the situation is worsened by the huge, ballooning debt owed to the institutions by students, the Commission of Inquiry into Higher Education and Training chaired by Justice Jonathan Arthur Heher heard last week, reports Africa News Agency. Read more...

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Profound impacts of Ebola on higher education linger

By Francis Kokutse. Public health officials announced the outbreak of Ebola in May 2014. This led to the closure of schools and universities throughout the country. By 9 January 2015, the number of cases was more than 10,000 with about 3,029 deaths and the epidemic had devastated the economy. Read more...

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Higher education must empower women and men – ACU panel

By Tunde Fatunde. Higher education has a leading role to play in championing the kind of gender equality that empowers both women and men, according to high-level participants in a ministerial panel held on the final day of the Association of Commonwealth Universities, or ACU, 2016 conference. Read more...

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Graduate joblessness is a manpower planning problem

By Francis Kokutse. The growing number of unemployed graduates in Ghana is not because the country is producing too many graduates but because there is no manpower planning to feed sectors of the economy, says Clement Dzidonu, president of the Accra Institute of Technology. Read more...

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Call for ‘national consensus’ to grow student housing

By Munyaradzi Makoni. South African students, universities and colleges as well as banks and investors have been urged to assist in the search for “smarter solutions” to an ongoing, chronic shortage of student accommodation. Read more...

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