26 June 2017 Register to receive our free newsletter by email each week
Advanced Search
Features
SOUTH AFRICA
Postgraduates – Getting lost in a bureaucratic maze?
A study by South Africa’s University of KwaZulu-Natal has outlined the importance of providing postgraduate students and postdoctoral fellows with sufficient administrative support, as a way to boost the numbers willing to continue their education and research at the institution.
GLOBAL
Webster University to open its first Africa campus
For West Africans, the reality of pursuing an American-style undergraduate or postgraduate degree close to home may be possible as early as January 2014. That is when Missouri-based Webster University plans to open the doors of its first African branch campus in Accra, the capital of Ghana.
KENYA
Thriving private universities compete for students
Competition for students among private universities in Kenya is intensifying, with institutions taking to both the electronic and print media to advertise programmes and display achievements. The private higher education sector is thriving, and now enrols 20% of all students.
NIGERIA
Public strike drives students to private universities
Nigeria has 100 public and 30 private universities. A strike by lecturers has paralysed public institutions for the past three months, while teaching at private universities has continued. As a result, there has been a rush by parents with financial muscle to register their children in private universities, whose proprietors are smiling all the way to the bank.
NIGERIA
Students flood informal sector during lecturer strike
Lecturers in public universities in Nigeria have been on strike for the past eight weeks. But students have not been twiddling their thumbs at home. Not sure when studies will resume, many have been busy trying their hands at ‘odd jobs’ or receiving alternative training.
AFRICA
Somaliland university gains international recognition
British, Canadian and African universities have been partnering with the University of Hargeisa, in the breakaway state of Somaliland, to boost the institution’s international credibility and the recognition of its qualifications.
SOUTH AFRICA
First forensic science degree to help combat crime
The University of the Free State is making history by offering a BSc degree in forensic science – the first of its kind in crime-plagued South Africa. According to the department of genetics, the degree will target, among others, people working on crime scenes and criminal cases in the South African Police Services and forensic laboratories.
AFRICA
University rankings – The Nigerian experience
The absence of nearly all African universities from global ranking systems has been of major concern to potential students, parents, employers and other stakeholders, who feel locked out of making informed choices on the quality of universities in Africa.
AFRICA
Mandela Rhodes scholarships landmark anniversary
There was good reason to celebrate the 10th birthday of the Mandela Rhodes Foundation on the weekend of 26-28 July. At a gala event held in Cape Town’s city hall, a massive R106 million (US$10.8 million) was pledged to the foundation’s scholarships. This will be added to the R350 million endowment already raised over the past decade.
BURKINA FASO
Violent protests against holiday campus closures
About 50 students were due to appear in court last Tuesday following violent confrontations that erupted with police in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, as students protested against the closure of university accommodation and other services during the holidays.
AFRICA
India’s soft power moves in African higher education
The fruits of a conference held in Delhi in 2008, hosted by the Indian government and attended by African heads of state, are beginning to ripen – perhaps more in the field of higher education than in any other area of cooperation. The Asian country is setting up a string of institutes and collaborations across Africa.
AFRICA
International mobility of African students – Report
There are 380,000 mobile African students. Where do they go? What is the state of intra-regional mobility? What higher education projects are China and other non-African countries doing on the continent? Campus France answers these and many other questions in a new report.
AFRICA
Global rankings highlight African business schools
The recently released Financial Times Business School Rankings survey has placed the spotlight on African business executive and master of business administration qualifications, revealing how the continent is faring internationally.
AFRICA
Pan-African quality assurance and accreditation moves
Plans are under way at the African Union to establish a continental quality assurance and accreditation agency that will measure, compare and harmonise the performance of higher education institutions and facilitate professional mobility across the continent.
SOUTH AFRICA
Low-skilled lawyers prompt calls for law degree reform
South Africa’s law degree faces a shake-up in a bid to more adequately equip the country's young lawyers for the demands of the working world. The profession’s weighty bodies are behind a push to reform the qualification countrywide.
MAURITIUS
Board of Investment leads island bid to become HE hub
Mauritius has been showcasing its assets in recent years and is aiming to become a hub for world-class education and a destination for international students and institutions. Board of Investment Chair Ken Poonoosamy spoke to University World News about the Indian Ocean island’s strategies for achieving these goals.
SOUTH AFRICA
University demands that students and staff learn Zulu
The University of KwaZulu-Natal's decision that all new students register for a compulsory Zulu course from next year has thrown the proverbial cat among the pigeons. While details of the initiative – a first for South African higher education – are unclear, the university believes that students must demonstrate bilingualism to earn their degrees.
NIGERIA
Mega-universities and more money for higher education
Nigeria’s National Economic Council recently made several far-reaching decisions on the future of tertiary education in the country, including the creation of ‘mega-universities’ in six geo-political zones, each with the capacity to admit up to 150,000 students.
TANZANIA
Branch campus ordered to cease postgraduate courses
The Tanzania Commission for Universities has finally acted against a branch campus of Uganda’s Kampala International University, ordering the Dar es Salaam-based institution to stop offering masters and doctoral courses.
SOUTH AFRICA
Dead woman’s skull leads to racism-in-science project
The discovery of a mysterious human skull in an obsolete department at the University of Stellenbosch in South Africa has exposed links to Nazi Germany and led to a groundbreaking new ‘racism in science’ research project by the faculty of arts and social sciences.
SOUTH AFRICA
Survey shows failure to reach R&D target of 1% of GDP
South Africa needs to escalate its expenditure on research and development and increase its international competitiveness, said Science and Technology Minister Derek Hanekom. Disappointingly, the lofty goal of raising R&D spending to 1% of gross domestic product by 2010 has not been achieved.
GLOBAL
Cambridge v-c on universities and the poorest billion
Do the world’s leading universities have a role to play in alleviating the plight of the 1.3 billion people living with extreme poverty and hunger on incomes of less than US$1.25 a day while a further five billion people live on less than $9 per day? The question was raised last Thursday by Cambridge University Vice-chancellor Sir Leszek Borysiewicz.
GLOBAL
The L’Oréal-UNESCO Awards – Science needs women
When Nigerian Francisca Nneka Okeke was a child, she would wonder about the changing colour of the sky and the ability of aeroplanes to fly in the atmosphere without plummeting back to Earth. Today she is a laureate of the L’Oréal-UNESCO Award For Women in Science.
SOUTH AFRICA
Scandal highlights sexual abuse at universities
It is rare for students to speak out about sexual harassment at South African universities and so the problem often goes unrecognised. But investigation into a sex scandal that has rocked the University of the Witwatersrand has brought the subject under the spotlight.
AFRICA
Social entrepreneurship – The new community engagement
Social entrepreneurship should be the new engagement for individuals and the public and private sectors, with implications for university training – especially in Africa – according to Goos Minderman, public governance professor at Vrije Universiteit in The Netherlands.