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Nelson Mandela as an exemplar of lifelong learning
Karen MacGregor
A study of Nelson Mandela’s educational experiences has revealed the global icon to be an exemplar of lifelong learning. Research by Dr Peter Rule of the school of education at South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal shows “deep fascination with education and learning”.
Re-Imagining Higher Education
The 9th Annual Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference was held in the South African city of Durban last week, under the theme “Re-imagining Higher Education Policy Implementation: Can policy learn from practice?” The University of KwaZulu-Natal conference attracted education researchers from across the country, Africa and the world.
Transformation needs a radical outcome, not violence
Nicola Jenvey
Transformation in South African higher education is critical, and with the upsurge in protests university campuses have experienced in recent months “long overdue and welcomed” – but only if it is founded on achieving a radical outcome that takes into account quality defined by today’s demands – says Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of the University of the Witwatersrand.
Social capital and ‘grit’ help poor students to succeed
Karen MacGregor
Schools have a crucial role to play in facilitating networks that enable the acquisition of social capital. In poor communities, such networks need to be “consciously created and fostered” if first-generation, low-income students are to access and succeed in higher education, says leading education expert Professor William Tierney of the University of Southern California.
Growth in student numbers and diversity, but not skills
Nicola Jenvey
Universities have ill-equipped graduate recruits for the new demands placed on them by the working world – a problem highlighted by the estimate that 365,000 South African graduates are unemployed, despite the economy experiencing 450,000 vacancies for skilled graduates.
Curriculum reform merely reproduces social inequality
Nicola Jenvey
A transformation policy for higher education introducing flexibility into the undergraduate degree time frame failed to see how the solution was merely reproducing the social inequalities it sought to address, according to Dr Lester Brian Shawa, a senior lecturer in higher education training and development at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.
Academics must lead charge for mother tongue learning
Nicola Jenvey
Language was the most powerful instrument for preserving and developing a tangible heritage, while learning in a mother tongue boosted people’s abilities to succeed in their education, according to Professor Herbert Chimhundu, chair of the Centre for Language and Communication Studies at Chinhoyi University of Technology in Zimbabwe.
Communication a critical skill for healthcare students
Nicola Jenvey
Students across the health sciences including doctors, nurses and social workers viewed their key role to be healthcare practitioners and not communicators, raising questions about how they interacted with communities.
Africa Analysis
Rebuilding higher education after war
Savo Heleta
Higher education needs to become one of the key priorities for rebuilding post-conflict countries because they cannot move forward and improve living conditions in the long run without it.
Building nations, connecting cultures – The role of HE
Jo Beall
Universities are the anchors, shapers and innovators of nations. Universities also provide the mechanisms for building and rebuilding nations. During the independence period, African leaders such as Kwame Nkrumah believed that higher education would be critical to development and growth.
World Blog
Towards an inclusive global knowledge society
Patrick Blessinger
Going to university cannot guarantee a certain type of job in a constantly shifting world economy, but it can equip people with the skills by which to learn – and keep learning – how to adapt to changing economic and social conditions.
Global Commentary
The constant battle for Horizon 2020
Thomas Estermann and Enora Bennetot Pruvot
European countries have cut funding for university research and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme has been constantly threatened despite proof that it delivers growth and development.
Is there a ‘special sauce’ for university innovation?
Philip G Altbach and Jamil Salmi
Universities around the world are looking for the secret recipe for creating more innovative and entrepreneurial institutions and students, but exporting what works in one institution in one country is not easy. Rarely does academic culture or particular kinds of innovations transfer easily from one institutional culture to another.
World Round-up
President opens door to academic exchange
The Christian Science Monitor
Universities are losing steam on climate change
‘Stop rewarding research mediocrity’ – Group of Eight
The Sydney Morning Herald
Student questioned for reading terrorism book in library
Mail Online
Students return to university after protest warnings
Middle East Eye
Students reveal universities set to burst
The Local.fr
Private universities struggle for students
Thanh Nien News
‘Overflow’ of new research ‘erodes trust’
Times Higher Education
Japanese falls from favour at elite university
University occupation expands amid corruption probe
Universities body urges support for outbound study
The PIE News
Cambridge academic jailed for stealing
The Telegraph
Another university strips Cosby of honorary degree
NBC Bay Area News
Africa News
Initiative to strengthen 16 African science councils
Wagdy Sawahel
A US$15 million initiative to strengthen science granting councils in Africa held its inaugural forum in the Kenyan capital Nairobi this month. Initially science councils will be supported in 12 countries – Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Controversial higher education minister replaced‬
Ashraf Khaled
Egypt’s controversial minister of higher education has been replaced in a cabinet change unveiled recently. The sacking of El-Sayed Abdel Khalek, who got the portfolio in June last year, followed a series of disputed decisions that angered the country’s lecturers and students.
Protests greet downgrading of upgraded universities
Tunde Fatunde
Students and lecturers in four colleges of education that were upgraded into universities by former president Goodluck Jonathan just before he left office earlier this year, staged peaceful protests against alleged attempts by Nigeria’s new president to return them to colleges status.
Higher education ‘vital’ to meet UN development goals
Karin Goodwin
Higher education institutions have a key role to play in helping Africa to meet new United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, academics told a European conference recently. Representatives from the African Network for Internationalisation of Education also called on the international community to develop “responsible partnerships” with African universities.
Parliament adopts research law to prioritise economy
Jane Marshall
Algeria’s parliament has adopted a new framework scientific research law that Tahar Hadjar, the minister for higher education and scientific research, says will give priority to the country’s socio-economic needs.
First MSc in mobile telecommunications and innovation
Maina Waruru
One of Kenya’s foremost business education institutions, Strathmore University, is partnering with leading mobile network operator Safaricom Limited and innovation hub @iLab Africa to offer a masters degree in mobile telecommunications and innovation – a first in Africa.
Africa Briefs
Race to finish university year as lecturer strike ends
A ‘mini-marathon’ was reportedly underway at the University of Antananarivo in Ankatso to complete the academic year on time, following a return to work in public universities by striking lecturers after Madagascar’s government gave in to their union’s demands.
Germany funds innovation centres to grow food production
Germany is funding an agricultural innovation project in 13 mostly African countries, with the aim of achieving self-sufficiency in food production.
New rectors for Douala, Dschang, Yaoundé-2 universities
New rectors have been appointed at three public universities in Cameroon – Douala, Dschang and Yaoundé 2-Soa. They are professors François-Xavier Etoa, Roger Tsafack Nanfosso and Ibrahim Adamou respectively.
Global News
Universities to be ranked in three tiers on quality
Hiep Pham
Vietnam will rank all universities in one of three tiers from next month as part of the education ministry’s bid to improve quality at each level. In each of the three tiers universities will also be assigned labels designating them as being research oriented, applied or professional and vocational in type.
New PM set to review higher education reform package
Geoff Maslen
Foreign students fuel graduate school enrolment rise
Mary Beth Marklein
Bill for institutes of management sent for redrafting
Suchitra Behal
Discontent over university evaluations and reform
Unsoo Jung
Refugee crisis could deepen student housing problem
Michael Gardner
Helsinki to slash staff as austerity hits universities
Jan Petter Myklebust and Ian R Dobson
1 in 4 female students suffer sex assault, misconduct
Katherine Mangan, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Commercialisation is top problem facing universities
Brendan O'Malley

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