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Government stakeholder forum fails to end student unrest
Munyaradzi Makoni
A multi-stakeholder forum at which the piloting of a fee-free funding model for students from poor and working-class families was announced has failed to bring an end to ongoing student unrest across the country’s campuses.
Photo Credit: Alon Skuy
Africa News
Report calls for emphasis on inequalities research
Wachira Kigotho
A scarcity of funds for research and lack of academic freedom in universities across Sub-Saharan Africa are key drivers to low academic scholarship, including inequalities research, according to a joint report by UNESCO, the International Social Science Council and the University of Sussex.
Outrage as lawmaker calls for university virginity tests
Ashraf Khaled
A call by a member of the Egyptian parliament to subject female university applicants to virginity tests has outraged academics and women’s advocates in this conservative Middle East country.
Ministry unveils new roadmap for university education
Wagdy Sawahel
Algeria has unveiled a new roadmap for higher education and research in efforts to build a knowledge-based economy by raising educational standards, improving the employability of graduates and revitalising research.
New initiative to promote continental quality assurance
Ard Jongsma
The African Union Commission and the European Union have launched a new joint initiative to promote the improvement and harmonisation of African higher education quality assurance and accreditation. The initiative, abbreviated as HAQAA, will be implemented by a consortium including all key continental organisations involved in quality assurance in Africa and Europe.
Campus unrest brews despite student rustications
Tunde Fatunde
Campus and national politics have combined to ignite a tense atmosphere at the federal University of Lagos – Nigeria’s nerve centre for radical students. Concerned about planned protests against government policies, the senate rusticated student leaders for various offences. Students have also been suspended at other universities.
Academic network launches new research training programme
Esther Nakkazi
A new five-year training and skills development programme aimed at building research capacity within the humanities, arts and social sciences across eight African universities was launched at Makerere University, Uganda, last month.
Grant scheme targets partners in bid to boost universities
Ochieng’ O Benny
A new competitive grant scheme established by the United Kingdom Department for International Development designed to catalyse innovative partnerships in low-income countries for the benefit of higher education will launch an open call for partnerships later this month.
Global News
Universities face funding pressure right across Europe
Brendan O'Malley
In at least 20 out of 24 European countries, funding for higher education has either been cut or has not kept pace with increases in student numbers, according to new data published by the 2016 Public Funding Observatory.
Students sue NYU over ‘subpar’ branch campus education
Yojana Sharma
N Korean leader says university must be ‘world class’
Yojana Sharma
Student visas targeted in drive to cut migrant numbers
Brendan O'Malley
LERU and Eastern European universities join forces
Jan Petter Myklebust
Deported activist talks to student massacre memorial
Yojana Sharma and Mimi Leung
University student accommodation problem growing
Michael Gardner
World Round-up
Anti-graft chief targets country's universities
19 EU countries sign agreements on degree recognition
Ministry aims to boost foreign student numbers
Taipei Times
Gandhi statue to be removed from campus after protests
Government links equity requirements to research chairs
The Canadian Press
Amity University buys college in the US, eyes two more
Student leaders reject new higher education task team
Are foreign experts barred from Brexit projects?
The Telegraph
Cabinet approves draft higher education quality bill
Dhaka Tribune
NGO body asks for rethink on university freeze order
Nobel laureate recommends universities restructuring
Huge increase in number of graduates 'bad for economy'
Africa Features
Fresh crisis over ethnic appointments in universities
Gilbert Nganga
Kenya has been left smarting from a reputation nightmare after ethnicity reared its ugly head in one of the top universities, as educationists warn of a growing rot across institutions.
Africa Analysis
Are protesting university students burning memory?
Njabulo S Ndebele
Since the bonfire of artworks at the University of Cape Town earlier this year, fire as a weapon of protest has spread throughout South Africa’s higher education system, and rekindled beyond. But when the portraits of the ‘colonials’ have been burnt, the timeless questions remain.
Africa Briefs
Student protests spread against abolition of grants
Student protests that have been taking place for several weeks against the abolition of grants have spread from the capital N’Djamena to the provinces.
New American Campus to offer ‘global’ higher education
An American Campus is to open in Ebčne, a ‘cybercity hub’ 15 kilometres south of the capital Port Louis, giving Mauritians the opportunity to follow American courses without having to move to the United States.
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
The 10th Annual Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference was held at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa, from 20-22 September under the theme "The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning: Advancing teaching innovation and research excellence in higher education".
Towards a vision for growing and sharing knowledge
Nicola Jenvey
Research and knowledge gathered in the field was worthless if it did not become community property – and that did not necessarily happen via journal publications. This point was raised in the keynote address at the 10th annual Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Conference held in South Africa in late September.
Protests highlight need for teaching and learning re-think
Nicola Jenvey
The #FeesMustFall and other student protests had posed serious questions about the nature of access and the decolonisation of teaching and learning in the country’s higher education institutions, according to University of KwaZulu-Natal Acting Dean of the School of Education and Associate Professor Thabo Msibi.
The perils of non-mother-tongue instruction
Nicola Jenvey
More than 250 million children around the world have not mastered basic mathematics and reading, costing governments US$129 billion annually in child support. In Africa an estimated 40% of children are in this position, significantly affecting the continent’s economic development.
Negotiating the teaching-research divide
Nicola Jenvey
Teaching and learning should be treated and valued equally with research to ensure advancements in the broader aims of academia.
Transformative Leadership
Could HE rankings be socially transformative?
Ellen Hazelkorn
Brexit has shown the dangers of a globalisation that only works for the elite. Rankings of elite institutions show how harmful this can be, but ranking higher education systems instead could be truly transformative.
World Blog
Supporting victims of sexual assault at university
Grace Karram Stephenson
Community advocacy, education and the development of a culture of ‘intervening’ are essential tools for dealing with the number of sexual assaults reported on campus. A strategic study on enhancing care for sexual assault victims was recently released by the University of Saskatchewan.

Global Commentary
If we don’t need experts, do we need universities?
Steve Fuller
The Brexit campaign included calls to ignore experts, but were these more about questioning the establishment than a symptom of anti-intellectualism and is this questioning not something that should be at the heart of university life?
International students treated as commodities
Jeannie Rea
There is an undercurrent of exploitation, poverty, loneliness and despair about the deteriorating experience of international students, who over recent years are increasingly being treated more as a source of export income than as people.

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