Government expenditure on South Africa's universities should be boosted by 40% and an additional R3 billion (US$288 million) invested annually in research and development in higher education institutions if the country aims only to be on a par with world averages, according to a new study.
USAID recently launched a strategic framework for building the capacity of African higher education institutions and systems. Research has indicated that the social and private rates of return for tertiary investments in Sub-Saharan Africa are among the highest in the world.
Swedish student Malin Cronqvist was about to head off to spend 10 weeks in Tanzania doing volunteer work at a local guesthouse in 2010, when she began wondering how she could make a positive difference in a country where the higher education dreams of thousands of youngsters die each year because of lack of money.
The civil war that devastated Somalia also closed down Somali National University in the capital Mogadishu. But thanks to the determination of a group of academics a new institution arose out of the ashes, the private, non-profit Mogadishu University. From an initial student intake of 225 in 1997, the university has grown to 6,000 students.
Russia's academic community has been spooked by the dismissal of Professor Andrei Zubov, a renowned historian, theologian and political scientist at Moscow State Institute of International Relations, following a critical article in which he compared Russia's actions in Crimea with Nazi Germany's annexation of Austria in 1938. There have been student protests, and a 5,000-strong petition in support of the professor.
Marc Parry, The Chronicle of Higher Education
In 2009, David Lazer sounded the call for a fresh approach to social science. By analysing large-scale data about human behaviour – from social network profiles to transit-card swipes – researchers could “transform our understanding of our lives, organisations and societies”, Lazer, a professor of political science and computer science at Northeastern University, wrote in Science.
The League of European Research Universities has put together a good practice guide of what its universities do to prepare PhD students for either an academic career or life outside the university.