28 juin 2016

New global conference series on international higher education

By Karen MacGregor. A new series of global conferences on higher education internationalisation is being launched in August. The gatherings will take place in locations around the world every four years, generating inclusive debate and global guidance on critical issues in internationalisation, with the first to be held in South Africa. Read more...

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Growing a new generation of mathematics researchers for Africa

By Karen MacGregor – Acting Global Editor. In Africa Features, Munyaradzi Makoni looks at efforts by the Southern Africa Mathematical Sciences Association to promote international research collaboration in mathematical sciences and train a critical mass of researchers. Sharon Dell reports on how South African universities of technology are positioning themselves as partners in the field of waste recycling and management, a relatively new and potentially lucrative research and job creation area.
In Africa Analysis, Tunde Fatunde and colleagues comment on a thought-provoking paper on university transformation by Oladapo Afolabi, a professor of applied chemistry and former head of service for the Nigerian government. Renu Modi and Rhea D’Silva write that racism against Africans in India is a reality that must be countered by promoting greater intercultural understanding.
The United Kingdom’s referendum on whether to stay in or leave the European Union will take place on Thursday 23 June. In World Blog, Elspeth Jones and Hans de Wit look at the possible impact of Brexit on the numbers of international – and particularly EU – students choosing to study in the UK.
In Commentary, Gerard Postiglione and Xiaoyu Chen write that major changes to universities in China indicate that they are shifting from the Soviet model towards the international mainstream of research universities.
Anand Kulkarni and Angel Calderon maintain that India’s new national university ranking scheme has much to commend it but there are opportunities for improvement, while William G Tierney says the Indian government’s goal to have 20 highly ranked world-class universities is unrealistic, requiring not only huge investment but also reforms promoting institutional autonomy and academic freedom. Read more...

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06 juin 2016

Iconic university celebrates 100 years amid challenges

By Sharon Dell. Former South African president Nelson Mandela wrote in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom that for young black South Africans like himself, the University of Fort Hare was “Oxford and Cambridge, Harvard and Yale, all rolled into one”. Read more...

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Vice-chancellors unite to strengthen higher education

By Karen MacGregor. There is growing collaboration between the vice-chancellors of 143 Nigerian federal, state and private universities, as well as with African and international associations, as leaders unite to develop and internationalise their institutions, says Professor Michael Faborode, secretary general of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities. Read more...

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African Union issues US$9 million research grant call

By Maina Waruru. The second phase of the African Union Research Grants has been launched with a call for proposals for research into food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. US$9 million will be allocated for research this year, and more next year under the US$20 million initiative supported by the European Union. Read more...

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Senate bill seeks to curb campus sexual harassment

By Wagdy Sawahel. A bill by the Nigerian parliament’s upper house to curb sexual harassment on university campuses – which carries jail sentences of up to five years for offenders – has successfully passed a second reading. A third and final reading of the bill is expected soon. Read more...

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Sweeping university reforms to emphasise innovation

By Esther Nakkazi. Uganda’s nine public universities are set to undergo substantial restructuring as the government prepares to implement reforms recommending the formation of ‘innovation universities’. Read more...

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Staff development pilot empowers academics to rethink the curriculum

By Karen MacGregor – Africa Editor. In Africa Analysis, Eilis Ferran argues that if all of the world’s leading research universities partnered with African institutions to boost research capacity, there could be a transformative impact on the continent’s capacity to produce knowledge. Elizabeth de Kadt, Brenda Leibowitz and Precious Sipuka report on a pilot staff development initiative that aims to empower senior academics to rethink approaches to the curriculum.
In Africa Features, Sharon Dell reports on the centenary celebrations of the University of Fort Hare in South Africa – the alma mater of numerous African leaders including Nelson Mandela – which were marred by violent student protests. We interview Michael Faborode, secretary general of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities, and find institutions uniting in their efforts to develop higher education in Africa’s biggest economy.
In a series on ‘Transformative Leadership’, published in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, University World News looks at barriers to social equity and social justice and ways to overcome them through education. Suellen Shay suggests South African higher education leaders look beyond widening access to a vision of equity that is about re-landscaping the terrain to ensure a more appropriate higher education for all, and Rebecca Farnum looks at the growing movement of scholactivists, scholars who are keen to ensure their work has social impact.
In World Blog, Hans de Wit warns of the consequences of internationalisation indicators in global rankings, which influence the way universities and governments internationalise and the way internationalisation is measured. And in Commentary, Pratik Gandhi sets out the benefits to India of attracting more international students, and suggests how this can be done. Read more...

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05 juin 2016

Le jeu vidéo et l'Afrique : une aventure qui commence

Logo - Thot CursusPar Alexandre Roberge. Le jeu vidéo est un des divertissements qui va le mieux autant en matière de rentabilité (marché de 70 milliards de dollars) que de reconnaissance. Voir l'article...

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31 mai 2016

Africa getting impatient for the dawn of e-learning era

By Stephen Downes - Stephen's Web. Africa getting impatient for the dawn of e-learning era
Tom Jackson, Disrupt Africa, 2016/05/30

I've read a dozen or so press releases and articles about the recently concluded eLearning Africa conference in Cairo and this one seems to summarize best the general tenor of the discussion. More...

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