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Africa Features
SKA mega-project boosts astronomy research and skills
Munyaradzi Makoni
The advanced technological skills required to run the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA – a mega-research project due to become fully operational in 2020 in South Africa and eight other African countries – are scarce in Africa. But efforts to rectify that are gathering momentum.
Africa News
Lucrative international education fairs draw scrutiny
Tunde Fatunde
Education fairs held annually in Nigerian cities are attracting attention for potentially harbouring fraudsters. The fairs, aimed at students seeking admission to universities abroad, have mushroomed in response to the exodus of Nigerian students seeking quality education in other countries. According to the British Council, in the UK alone there are nearly 18,000 Nigerian students.
MOOC, gender support for French-language universities
Jane Marshall
Kenya pumps US$2.7 million into Pan African University
Maina Waruru and Gilbert Nganga
Four specialist regional universities to be created
Mohamed Ag Ahmedou
Polytechnics to gain university status – Vice-president
Francis Kokutse
Clampdown on associations awarding qualifications
Francis Kokutse
Africa Briefs
Canada forges new HE links in Algeria and Morocco
Canada and Algeria have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop bilateral cooperation in higher education and research, while the Canadian Université de Moncton has opened a bureau in Casablanca, Morocco.
Autonomy plans go ahead, but lecturers strike
Global News
Loans package to boost postgraduate demand
Nic Mitchell
Homegrown postgraduate students at English universities are to get a helping hand from the government in the form of an income-contingent loan of up to £10,000 (US$15,700) from 2016-17. The new loan package announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his eagerly awaited Autumn Statement was generally welcomed across English higher education.
Global Features
Campus activism after lack of action on black men deaths
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Two grand juries’ decisions not to indict white police officers who killed unarmed black men have galvanised students around America, creating important teaching moments for law students on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, and calls by anthropologists and sociologists for non-violent social action.
Africa Analysis
Transforming policy through science in Africa
Turner Isoun
An initiative to show how academics in the developing world can feed into policy has shown the value of scientific evidence in contributing to good governance.
Global Commentary
Teaching sensitive issues in an era of student consumers
Pam Lowe
Can making students uncomfortable for the sake of learning survive in an era of student satisfaction?
Internationalising the curriculum and all learning
Betty Leask
Recently there has been a resurgence of interest in internationalisation of the university curriculum, in theory and in practice. But curriculum internationalisation is too often centred on inputs such as optional international modules, rather than being focused on outcomes and all students' learning.
Walking the walk – Ethical agency-based recruitment
Mark Ashwill
Recruitment agents in Vietnam have a bad reputation for unethical practice, but pressure is increasing for a more ethical approach.

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