15 août 2016

Defining the responsible university: Commonwealth HE leaders' conference

By Karen MacGregor – Africa Editor. The Association of Commonwealth Universities leaders’ conference 2016 was held in Ghana last month. In a Special Report Brennan Weiss outlines a call by former United Nations secretary-general Kofi Annan for universities to promote democracy, as growing inequality and intolerance threaten higher education globally. He also examines the introduction of venture creation programmes in higher education and the role of the entrepreneurial university.
Tunde Fatunde reports on a ministerial panel that called for higher education to empower both women and men, roles for religions and dialogue in countering the radicalisation of students, historical injustices that universities are helping to overcome in South Africa and the Caribbean, and opportunities and challenges in African higher education.
In Commentary, Sean Gallagher writes that alternative qualifications experiments are blurring the boundaries between professional development, occupational credentialing and formal higher education. Yossef Ben-Meir, Mouhssine Tadlaoui-Cherki and Kati Roumani describe a non-profit organisation in Morocco that provides training for youth in vulnerable communities to help catalyse development and so counter violent extremism.
Bernhard Streitwieser and Simon Morris-Lange encourage Germany’s policy-makers and universities to lead the way in integrating young refugees and encouraging tolerance despite recent terror attacks, and Claudio Bifano hopes that Venezuelan science can overcome the underfunding, low wages and brain drain that characterised the era of Hugo Chávez. Read more...

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18 juillet 2016

Thirteen students injured in fight over tree

A fight over a tree between students from two higher education institutions that share premises resulted in 13 serious casualties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. More...

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Moves to halt irregular professorial appointments

By Tunde Fatunde. The Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities or AVCNU has proposed reforms to deal with the increasing number of individuals being promoted to professorships without apparently following due process. More...

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Ending Aids in South Africa is ‘ambitious but plausible’

By Stephen Coan. “You have to have chutzpah” to be a professional in the field of HIV-AIDS, quips Linda-Gail Bekker, a professor of medicine at the University of Cape Town and chief operating officer of the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation. Bekker is about to become the first female president from Africa of the International AIDS Society or IAS. More...

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Higher education struggles under multiple pressures

By Wagdy Sawahel. Higher education in Comoros continues to struggle under growing student demand, high graduate unemployment, poor infrastructure, brain drain and inadequate levels of teaching, learning and research, according to experts. But support is on the way, with plans for branch campuses of two foreign universities. More...

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Sliding doors – Visa chaos undermines international students in South Africa

By Karen MacGregor – Africa Editor. In Africa Analysis, Tom P Abeles maintains that student unrest in the United States and South Africa reflects deep problems with their education systems that academics and students ought to tackle together, and Jenny J Lee describes how the hit-or-miss enactment of immigration policies by South Africa is wreaking havoc among international students.
In Africa Features, we interview the executive director of the European Association for International Education Leonard Engel about issues confronting international education, ahead of the Global Conference on Internationalisation of Higher Education in South Africa next month. And Wachira Kigotho unpacks an African Development Bank report that accuses Egypt’s universities of exacerbating youth unemployment by failing to equip graduates with the skills to fill 600,000 private sector vacancies.
In World Blog, Hans de Wit contends that growing divides between world-class and other universities are tempting many institutions in directions of corruption and unethical behaviour.
In Commentary, among other articles Angel Calderon welcomes the new Times Higher Education Latin America university rankings, but writes that there is room for improvement and some omissions. Cristina González and Liliana Pedraja argue that Hillary Clinton’s plans for free tuition for some students and Chile’s bid to roll back privatisation represent the reassertion of higher education as a public good. And Robert Coelen and Jiang Bo outline the breathtaking scale of higher education internationalisation in China, and its key lines of development. Read more...

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15 juillet 2016

Southern Africa stabilising the higher education sector

Southern Times AfricaBy . With the mission statement of the SADC being “to promote sustainable and equitable economic growth and socio-economic development”, the greater vision, is to accomplish these through efficient productive systems; deeper co-operation and integration; good governance; and durable peace and security. More...

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Ethiopia to Build 11 New Public Universities

Résultat de recherche d'images pour "2merkato.com logo"By 2M Editor. Ethiopia decided to build 11 public universities across the country that will be administered by the Ministry of Education (MoE). 
The announcement was made during a discussion between Higher Education Relevance and Quality Agency (HERQA) and one of House of Peoples’ Representatives’ (HPR) standing committees, Higher Education Affairs Standing Committee. More...

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Gov’t tightens tertiary education funding procedure

Mmegi OnlineBy Baboki Kayawe. Health, engineering and creative arts as well as media studies programmes have received the largest share of government sponsorship for higher education learners this academic cycle. More...

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African universities need strategic alliances

SciDevA well-coordinated partnership among African universities and research institutions is crucial for building institutional capacities for socio-economic development, a meeting has heard.
The 10th general assembly of the African Academy of Sciences (AAS), which was held in Botswana last month (21-22 June) in partnership with the Botswana Institute for Technology Research & Innovation and Botswana International University of Science and Technology, noted that such a partnership could help create research leaders. More...

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