The first major study of international students in South Africa has found pull factors to be affordable fees, government subsidies for students from the region, proximity to home and cost of living, the strong reputation of higher education and currency of its qualifications, according to the survey’s authors professors Jenny J Lee and Chika Sehoole.
The University of Cape Town is sharpening its online learning strategy and is making moves to attract more students across Africa. The university has launched a series of postgraduate programmes that will bring together online education and face-to-face learning.
Dan Berrett, The Chronicle of Higher Education
In times like these, data points get wielded like cudgels. Student loan debt tops US$1 trillion. As many as half of recent graduates are out of work. Clearly, such numbers suggest, college isn’t worthwhile. At the same time, remedies for what ails the economy often invoke higher education as a solution. Together these sentiments show how deeply intertwined higher education and the economy have grown.
Chile’s higher education system has been undermined in recent years by concerns over its quality accreditation commission. As protesters call for free, quality education, what can be done to improve the quality of education on offer?