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Africa Analysis
HE cannot wait for 2030 global goals
Deren Temel
Africa cannot wait until 2030 for the next round of global goals to address the urgent need for quality higher education. The Sustainable Development Goals in which higher education targets are included sideline quality and instead focus on incremental development, enrolment rates, unsustainable practices and international dependency.
Africa News
Ghana’s vice-president calls for move from liberal arts
Francis Kokutse
Universities across Africa must move away from liberal arts courses in order to make higher education relevant and ensure the continent is not left behind in today’s technological world, Ghana’s Vice-president Kwesi Amissah-Arthur said while opening the second Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit in the capital Accra.
Another ‘opposition’ student killed as protests spread
Karen MacGregor
One student was killed and three wounded last Wednesday in clashes between government and opposition supporters at Sudan’s Omdurman Ahlia University. Just a week earlier, at the University of Kordofan, a student was killed – reportedly by security agents – and more than 20 injured, triggering protests at universities across the country.
Gambling students renege on fees, strike over policy
Esther Nakkazi
Many students at Uganda’s flagship Makerere University are diverting money into gambling and are failing to pay tuition fees on time, according to staff. Students went on a week-long strike in April in protest against the debt-ridden university’s controversial fee payment policy.
Terrorism and migration seen as world’s top challenges
Nick Holdsworth
Terrorism is cited as the biggest challenge facing the world today, closely followed by migration, according to research unveiled at a new international humanitarian award ceremony, but there is a global 'compassion gap' in public perceptions of contemporary refugees.
Row over university’s closure of nuclear centre
Ashraf Khaled
A decision by the state-run Cairo University to close a nuclear energy centre has sparked a controversy as Egypt is planning to build its first nuclear plant. The university board voted for the centre’s shutdown, citing its lack of economic and scientific feasibility.
China-built university connectivity platform launched
Wagdy Sawahel
A US$50 million, Chinese-built connectivity platform for the Ethiopian Education and Research Network – EthERNet – has been inaugurated in the country’s capital Addis Ababa, connecting universities to high-speed internet and to each other. The ultimate aim is to enable Ethiopian universities to participate actively in the global education and research community.
Africa Briefs
Student representatives appointed after failed poll
Some students at Burundi University believe the rector has a ‘hidden agenda’ after he appointed student representatives to university committees following failed student elections.
Conference anticipates digital higher education future
e-Learning offers a great opportunity for universities to adapt their courses efficiently to the requirements of different categories of students, participants were told at a national conference on digital distance education held in Algeria.
Global News
English students have highest debt in Anglophone world
Brendan O'Malley
English students in universities in England now face some of the highest tuition fees in the world – higher than in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – and the highest average debts at graduation, according to a new study. The typical English student faces debts of over £44,000 (US$64,500) at graduation, £15,000 more even than graduates of US private for-profit universities.
Probe into student massacre suspects drug traffickers
Paul Rigg
Nobel decision paves way for advanced research centre
Jan Petter Myklebust
Industry presses ministry to address HE jobs outcomes
Eugene Vorotnikov
Report finds extra value in international education
Brendan O'Malley
EU to fund hundreds of scholarships for Syrians
Michael Gardner
World Round-up
Cries of Beijing meddling follow academic’s ouster
Foreign graduates can soon apply for permanent residence
Demand for international universities expected to rise
Bangkok Post
Names put forward to review Hong Kong university council
South China Morning Post
Programme to create ‘Ivy League’ gets extra funds
Foundation to expand aid to Harvard’s Brazil programme
Sydney universities crack down on cheating students
The Sydney Morning Herald
Students threaten split from union over new leader
Anti-Semitic fliers mysteriously produced at universities
The New York Times
Region’s market lacks suitable graduates
Arab News
Lag in scientific papers not only about language
The Jakarta Post
Xi may target league’s university ahead of reshuffle
Bloomberg News
Professor hacked to death by suspected militants
The Associated Press
International bodies to overhaul higher education
The Southern Times
Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?
Country to become regional training centre – Minister
Greek Reporter
Africa Features
Africa needs ‘innovation universities’ to develop – Juma
Esther Nakkazi
Africa must create ‘innovation universities’ if it is to achieve economic transformation, sustainable development and inclusive growth, says Calestous Juma, professor of the practice of international development at Harvard’s John F Kennedy School of Government. Universities should combine research, teaching, outreach and commercialisation in a coordinated way.
Pan-Africans versus Afropolitans – An identity crisis?
Wachira Kigotho
Is a crisis of identity emerging among African academics in the diaspora as to whether they are an offshoot of Pan-Africanism or a breed of emigrant elites, the Afropolitans? Therese Assie-Lumumba, professor of African studies at Cornell University, says there is growing interest in the concept of Afropolitanism – a school of thought loosely embedded in elements of geography, territoriality and location.
Rhodes student ‘rape’ protests end but debates continue
Munyaradzi Makoni
Student protests at Rhodes University, nestled in the small South African town of Grahamstown, ended with the resumption of lectures last Monday after a week of dramatic disruption and disturbances over a ‘rape culture’ at the institution – but the conversation is far from over.
Africa: University Leadership
Former university leader shares experiences in a memoir
Wachira Kigotho
Rarely do vice-chancellors of public universities in Sub-Saharan Africa write about their terms in office after they retire. But Professor Ratemo Waya Michieka decided to share his experiences as leader of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology in Kenya in a recently published book, as part of the continental Higher Education Leadership Programme.
Africa Analysis
Student funding must be opened to public scrutiny
Temwa Moyo, Nimi Hoffmann and Sioux McKenna
South Africa’s government is planning a major overhaul of its student funding system. This comes in the wake of protests at universities that saw students successfully freeze fee hikes for the 2016 academic year. But there are hurdles to equitable student funding that can only be overcome if the student loans system is subject to public scrutiny.
UWN Webinar
Will TNE growth come at the expense of quality?
Is the growth of transnational education, or TNE, dependent on more flexible standards of quality? Or are we stifling innovation in TNE by putting up too many barriers for experimentation? In a webinar hosted by University World News in partnership with DrEducation on 24 May, a panel of global experts will debate and discuss the emerging issues.
Global Commentary
Where is the global leadership on HE access for all?
Graeme Atherton
Equitable access to higher education for those in poor, marginalised communities and those who are discriminated against can't be achieved without global leadership on the issue. But who will step up?
Call for flexible minimum standards
Ranjit Goswami
Two conflicting currents can be seen in higher education: the push to standardisation through rankings and other methods and the move to commoditisation through the idea of higher education being open to all. How can we create minimum standards without erecting barriers to higher education?
National ranking encourages development of quality
Sameerah T Saeed
Kurdistan’s new national ranking aims to introduce a culture of academic competition between higher education institutions in the region and raise standards.
Transformative Leadership
The challenge of building a research university
Marcelo Knobel and Renato HL Pedrosa
Creating universities that can compete with the world’s best has required both transformative thinking and transformative leadership in Brazil.
World Blog
Strategy session in a box – Part two
Margaret Andrews
How do you promote your academic programmes in an increasingly competitive world? Going back to your foundations and asking questions is a good starting point.
Global Features
Audit casts shadow over bidding for EIT’s networks
Jan Petter Myklebust
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology, or EIT, in Budapest is reeling from a negative assessment by the European Court of Auditors, which says its basis of operation and experimental structure, comprising Knowledge and Innovation Communities, each involving several universities, to leverage extra funding beyond its core funding, is unrealistic.
How colleges help foreign grad students with teaching
Vimal Patel, The Chronicle of Higher Education
As a graduate teaching assistant at Ohio University, Noora Mahboubeh, an Iranian doctoral student, often struggled to understand her students’ questions, and they weren’t always sympathetic to her difficulties with English. The language problem is a stubborn one, but some institutions have sought creative solutions.
Black market in academic papers is spooking publishers
Dana Ruggiero
Academics are stuck: they can’t afford to read their own work but they can’t afford not to publish in expensive prestigious journals if they want to advance their careers. Sci-Hub has provided a new path and it’s “a bit like distant thunder at a picnic for publishers”.

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