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New rules on masters, moonlighting and lecturer PhDs
Gilbert Nganga
Masters students in Kenya face difficult times under new regulations by the Commission for University Education that require them to complete their courses in two years. And those who choose to become lecturers will only be able to do so after obtaining a doctorate.
Africa News
Lecturers urge new president to solve security crisis
Tunde Fatunde
University lecturers in Nigeria are increasingly concerned about the destruction of lives and property on campuses and the disruption of academic activities by the extremist Islamic sect Boko Haram, especially in the northeast. The university community has urged President-elect Muhammadu Buhari, a former general, to find urgent short- and long-term solutions to security challenges in the region.
Government to accelerate transformation in universities
Karen MacGregor
South Africa’s Minister of Higher Education and Training Dr Blade Nzimande has announced that he is paying close attention to “accelerated transformation in universities, including setting concrete targets and transformation indicators”. The demographics of the professoriate needs to be radically changed, discrimination eliminated and student success and support improved.
Protests at two universities over lack of facilities
Jane Marshall
The universities of Assane Seck de Ziguinchor and of Thiès have been hit by staff and student protests over inadequate facilities – with students at Assane Seck calling an indefinite strike, although the higher education minister has said their demands have been met.
Finance boost for university governance, skills training
Wachira Kigotho
The World Bank will provide US$33 million to improve governance in Mali’s higher education system and to support more than 20,000 students to acquire skills that enable them to get decent jobs.
Row over ownership, status hits top private university
Maina Waruru
Controversy has hit one of Kenya’s oldest and leading private institutions, the United States International University – Africa, over who exactly owns the university and whether it is a non-profit or business entity. Parliament has opened an inquiry into the university’s operations.
UK foundation launches health research excellence fund
Munyaradzi Makoni
Britain’s Medical Research Foundation has launched a new £2.7 million (US$4.2 million) health research fund for Africa. The fund will support scientists to pursue projects at centres of excellence outside their current places of work. The Africa Research Excellence Fund will promote outstanding health research by Africans in Africa.
Africa Analysis
Enhancing university-industry linkages for ‘rising Africa’
Patrick Mbataru
While the number of students graduating from African universities is increasing, the Sub-Saharan region has a lot of ground to cover in improving higher education stock to match the rest of the world. As an ‘Africa rising’ seeks ways to expand university enrolments, it must also provide more high-quality, technically oriented training to students.
World Round-up
Two students killed amid huge education protests
TeleSUR English
Thousands of students protest against federal budget
The Age
Language laws repress many universities – Rector
Day News
Universities support intention to charge tuition fees
Universities in hot seat over use of reserve funds
Korea JoongAng Daily
Academics feel pressure to bump up student grades
University students running out of resources
Fox News Latino
Aberdeen University opens campus in South Korea
The Independent
Six Chinese citizens, academics face espionage charges
‘Outward looking’ universities boost sector rankings
Act ushers in lower requirements for university status
Malta Independent
Africa Features
Talent of study abroad graduates is under-used – Study
Munyaradzi Makoni
African and European cooperation has produced a growing number of African graduates who have studied abroad. But the continent is not benefitting as much as it should from their world-class talent because, although the graduates want to contribute to capacity building in their fields, local conditions are not conducive, a recent study found.
Entrepreneurship mentors help graduates to create jobs
Andrew Green
In Uganda as elsewhere, recent graduates are learning a tough lesson – a university education is no guarantee of a job. More than half of people under 30 are without full-time employment, and the problem is particularly acute among degree holders. Now new initiatives are teaching graduates and students the entrepreneurial skills they need to survive.
Africa Briefs
Pleas for bird safety at ornithology masters launch
The head of the Wetlands division of Senegal’s Department of National Parks has proposed setting up a working agreement with the University Gaston Berger, which has just introduced the first masters course in ornithological conservation and development in Africa.
Observatory to detect pollution to open in Pointe-Noire
An observatory to detect pollution and other health and environmental dangers is to be set up in Pointe-Noire on the Atlantic coast of the Republic of Congo, an initiative that will integrate a policy adopted by the Economic Community of Central African States.
Global News
Bologna progress report says ‘much more to be done’
Brendan O’Malley
Much more needs to be done to harmonise Europe’s higher education system, according to a new report into the state of implementation of the Bologna Process across the European Higher Education Area. There has been progress on quality assurance and the credit transfer system, but in other spheres, including equity of access, the record of progress is patchy.
Authorities raid firm over fake degree claims
Ameen Amjad Khan
Foreign students take high school route to university
Mary Beth Marklein
Devastated university takes self-help route to reconstruction
Binod Ghimire
Mergers might ‘never succeed with an elected rector’
Jan Petter Myklebust
Groups allege systematic anti-Asian bias in Harvard
Peter Schmidt, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Income from non-EU foreign students dwarfs costs – Study
Brendan O’Malley
World Blog
A need to address the ladders into tertiary education
Graeme Atherton
Access and equity in higher education should be seen as an equally important grand challenge for the 21st century as increasing participation at the primary and secondary education levels. As higher education expands, a strategy is needed to propel equity up institutional, national and global policy agendas.
Global Commentary
Supporting human rights through higher education
Anne Corbett
The Yerevan meeting of European Higher Education Area Ministers and the Bologna Policy Forum recently took the controversial decision to admit Belarus in a move to promote human rights.
Universities crucial in fight against climate change
Lidia Borrell-Damian
Universities play a pivotal role in addressing climate change, through research and innovation and also through educating other members of society about behavioural and social change.
Why learning abroad matters
Davina Potts
A new study shows that learning abroad programmes play a more important role in the career development of graduates than is currently recognised by many institutions.
Global Features
Higher education policy lacks direction, say academics
Alya Mishra
When Prime Minister Narendra Modi came to power in May 2014, many academics were hopeful about the future of India’s higher education system after years of seeing the quality of university education undermined by political and bureaucratic interference. One year on, there is disappointment over continued meddling and the lack of a clear higher education direction.
Research reveals secret to better international-isation
Brendan O’Malley
Higher education institutions which are regarded as “leading” in internationalisation have elaborated “separate strategic plans for internationalisation, as opposed to having internationalisation incorporated into the overall institutional strategy”, according to new research.
Student federation faces uncertain future
Yojana Sharma
The Hong Kong Federation of Students shot to the limelight during pro-democracy protests last year, but the university student alliance is facing an uncertain future and a severely curbed political role after four of its eight constituent university unions recently voted to leave the Federation.

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