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Growing a generation of mathematicians in Africa
Munyaradzi Makoni
Mathematics is “vital” for achieving a thriving science, technology, engineering and mathematics workforce in Africa, according to experts. Yet it faces critical challenges: low university funding, a brain drain, and reduced intake of undergraduate students in maths.
Africa News
Pilot study fills data gaps for regional STEM project
Munyaradzi Makoni
Benchmarking as a tool for improving quality in African universities was the focus of the first regional benchmarking and capacity building workshop organised by the Partnership for Skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology – PASET – and held in Abuja, Nigeria last week.
Drastic measures needed to rebuild higher education
Wagdy Sawahel
Poor investment, weak capacity and security, as well as political instability and onerous bureaucracy in war-torn Libya have produced a higher education system characterised by inadequate infrastructure and graduates poorly prepared for jobs, according to a new report.
24 centres of excellence for East and Southern Africa
Karen MacGregor
The World Bank Group’s board of executive directors has approved a US$140 million credit for eight Eastern and Southern African countries to set up 24 centres of excellence in universities to strengthen postgraduate training and research in priority sectors.
Universities to forge links with African counterparts
Wagdy Sawahel
Egypt plans to designate 2017 as a year of African cooperation in higher education, research and innovation with a view to enhancing the capacity of universities, increasing academic staff and student exchange, and promoting joint research and projects.
Arrests for fraud in leakage of examination papers
Jane Marshall
Scores of officials have been arrested in Algeria and Morocco, and charged with fraud for alleged involvement in leaking of school-leaving baccalauréat examination papers.
Global News
Germany and Netherlands step up TNE activity
Nic Mitchell
Germany and the Netherlands are stepping up their game to capture a bigger slice of the transnational education or TNE market, a conference launching a new international TNE-Hub heard on 10 June.
Call to close largest college accreditation agency
Brendan O'Malley
Cost of tuition at universities may double this year
Eugene Vorotnikov
KU Leuven tops new ranking of innovative universities
Brendan O'Malley
Protests force climbdown on university access quotas
Yojana Sharma
Excellence drive is short on innovation and creativity
Linda Yeung
Colleges use job-market data to shape curriculum
Arielle Martinez, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Universities lead growth in healthcare innovation
Jan Petter Myklebust
Science Scene
Scientists hail second gravitational wave detection
An international team of researchers has detected a second burst of gravitational waves – ripples in the fabric of spacetime – just four months after the report of the first detection was acclaimed as a historic breakthrough by scientists around the world.
World Round-up
Education minister questioned over Erdogan’s diploma
Hurriyet Daily News
Elite universities call for cap on student places
The Sydney Morning Herald
Students shun Garissa university in September intake
The Nation
Women missing out on top university jobs – Study
Radio NZ
MP calls on Mugabe to resign as universities’ chancellor
News Day
Graduates face rapidly changing jobs scene
Bloomberg News
US student wins three-year battle against college
The Local
Academics issue warning over declining student numbers
Bangkok Post
Review of federal funding for scientific research
The Globe and Mail
Study recommends shift in spending towards HE
CNS News
Commotion over moves to reform higher education
Diplomatic Courier
State announces free higher education for the poor
Press Trust India
Bill for university protest damage soars
The Citizen
Universities are getting better at asking for money
The Economist
China accused of buying influence over universities
Times Higher Education
Parents place high value on higher education – Survey
Asia One
Concerns in Hong Kong over new UK admission system
South China Morning Post
Musician Prince to get posthumous honorary degree
USA Today
Africa Features
Universities of technology eye rich prospects in waste
Sharon Dell
South African universities of technology are positioning themselves as critical partners in what is considered a fairly new but highly relevant area of research, innovation and job creation: waste recycling and management, an industry conservatively estimated by the government to be worth R25 billion (US$1.6 billion) per annum.
Africa Analysis
It’s crucial to locate the ‘African’ in African Studies
Robtel Neajai Pailey
Nigerian scholar Oyekan Owomoyela suggested that “getting ‘Africa’ back into African Studies is to get African Studies back to Africa”. This can be achieved, among other ways, by creating a canon of scholarly literature by Africans, more citations of African scholars, and more African scholars influencing the research agendas of top-rated African Studies journals.
Challenges confronting universities – Now and in future
Tunde Fatunde
Oladapo Afolabi, professor of applied chemistry and former head of service for the Nigerian government, presented a futuristic and thought-provoking paper on transforming universities for this century and beyond, at the Annual Conference of the Association of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities held from 29 May to 2 June at the University of Jos.
Racism against Africans is a reality to be countered
Renu Modi and Rhea D’Silva
The brutal murder of a young Congolese man has blown the lid off a simmering pot of resentment against the treatment of African migrants in India, especially the large student community. Clearly something is amiss in the meta-narratives of ascendant India-Africa economic, strategic and diplomatic relations.
Achievements and challenges of private higher education
Henry Fram Akplu
Before 2000 there were fewer than 15 private higher education institutions in Ghana. By 2015 their number had grown to 106, compared to 83 public institutions. The private sector mainly absorbs excess demand from the tuition-free public system – but elite private institutions are emerging that target applicants from wealthy families locally and globally.
Africa Briefs
‘Positive results’ from research cooperation with French
Cooperation in fields of scientific research between Côte d’Ivoire and the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement has shown positive results, said Professor Bakayoko Ly Ramata, the Ivorian minister for higher education and scientific research.
Transformative Leadership for gender empowerment
Redefining the significance of ‘international’
Zuleika Arashiro
Women from the South need to be more than a superficial reflection of a university’s diversity. They need to address historical inequities in the global education system.
Global Commentary
Leaving the Soviet model of control over universities
Gerard Postiglione and Xiaoyu Chen
Reforms in China are driving innovation in everything from curriculum design to academic promotion and Peking University is leading that change.
National university ranking in need of improvements
Anand Kulkarni and Angel Calderon
India’s new ranking scheme aims to capture data that is relevant to the country’s higher education institutions, but there are areas where value could be added.
Building world-class universities in India
William G Tierney
The Indian government is misinterpreting why United States universities are in the top positions for global rankings. If it wishes to have a handful of world-class universities created within the next decade, public funding and philanthropic support must increase – but so, too, must institutional autonomy and academic freedom.
World Blog
A narrower, more parochial UK?
Elspeth Jones and Hans de Wit
The United Kingdom’s referendum to decide if it will stay in or leave the European Union will take place on Thursday 23 June. What could the impact of a UK vote to leave the EU be on international students? Would it deter EU students from studying in the UK and could these numbers be made up from elsewhere?
Brexit Debate
Who will plug the funding gap in the event of Brexit?
Daniel Hook
With many universities now depending on European Union funding for a significant portion of their research budgets, can people be confident the United Kingdom government will make up the shortfall?
Look at the bigger picture – Brexit is about democracy
Chris Bickerton and Lee Jones
The United Kingdom’s referendum on membership of the European Union is not about funding for individual laboratories; it is about democracy. Those defending the status quo should ensure that they do not disguise political and cultural preferences for economic and scientific necessity.
The Brexit vote signals ‘You are not welcome here’
Alan Ruby
The “leave” vote is just another way of saying “they are not the same as us”, not equal, not to be trusted. It will be perceived as insular and unwelcoming. As a result, mobility will falter, classrooms and laboratories will become less diverse, co-operation will become a little rarer, and exchange and reciprocity will be replaced by sales and barter.

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