24 octobre 2018

One in seven students go without food or necessities

By Geoff Maslen. Nearly one million Australians are now studying at university, but life is hard for most of them, with one in seven going without food or other necessities because they cannot afford the costs. More...

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Panic over US scrutiny of science talent programme

By Yojana Sharma. China’s prestigious ‘Thousand Talents’ programme to lure top scientists from abroad has been widely promoted within the country as a major success story in fuelling China’s global scientific rise. However, it is now adopting a more low-key approach as it is subject to increased United States scrutiny amid worsening US-China relations. More...

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HE system under fire after political science is dropped

By Azzeddine Bensouiah. Algerian education experts and student unions have lambasted recent sweeping changes made to university curricula that have resulted in specialised courses such as political science being discontinued. More...

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Doctoral qualification standard gets favourable review

By Munyaradzi Makoni. Academics have given the thumbs-up to a draft document that aims not only to increase the number of doctoral degrees in South Africa but to improve national standards by providing a watertight system that rigorously guarantees quality. More...

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Unions reject fee hike proposal as government backtracks

By Tunde Fatunde. With Nigerian higher education institutions in the grip of a funding crisis, teacher and student unions rejected a recent proposal by a government commission to hike fees – calling it “outrageous”, as it would bar disadvantaged students from attaining qualifications – and called on the government to stick to its fiscal obligations. More...

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BRICS Network University can boost 4IR hopes – Minister

By Edwin Naidu. In addition to the recent announcement that technical and vocational education and training would get a ZAR2.5 billion (US$176 million) boost to equip them with fourth industrial revolution (4IR) skills, Minister of Higher Education and Training Naledi Pandor said she would soon be asking the National Treasury for more funding – and set up a ministerial committee – to ensure that South Africa did not lag behind in the 4IR race. More...

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Employers need graduates to be taught vital soft skills

By Simon Ngalomba. With concerns increasing over the inability of the labour market in most African countries to absorb fresh graduates, education systems should concentrate on delivering quality education with marketable skills and not just on expanding enrolment figures. More...

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A unique opportunity to promote scientific collaboration

By Rami M Ayoubi and Engin Akcay. Science diplomacy has three different faces: science in diplomacy (using science as a diplomatic instrument in foreign policy); diplomacy for science (diplomacy seen as a way to establish scientific collaboration in the international realm); and science for diplomacy (where scientific cooperation can help improve international affairs). More...

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New accreditation system sets down HE standards

By Christabel Ligami. In a move to standardise qualifications, the Kenya National Qualifications Authority has created a new system for the accreditation of student qualifications and has defined entry grades for both degrees and diplomas, according to newly gazetted regulations. More...

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Nine SADC countries geared for qualifications framework

By Kudzai Mashininga. The Southern African Development Community Qualifications Framework – the SADCQF – which covers higher education, technical and vocational education and training, as well as schooling, provides a mechanism for comparability and the recognition of qualifications within the SADC. It also coordinates qualifications, promotes the transfer of credits within and among member states, and creates SADC regional standards. More...

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