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Science partnership to support SDG urbanisation research
The International Council for Science, in partnership with the International Social Science Council and the Network of African Science Academies, has announced that it will support 10 collaborative research projects across Africa to the value of €90,000 (US$96,000) each over two years.
ADEA triennale agrees to revitalisation of education
Representatives from 28 African countries pledged to revitalise and transform their education systems for growth and sustainable development on the continent, at the 2017 Triennale of the Association for the Development of Education in Africa.
Plagiarism – Ministry criticises lenient university heads
The ministry of higher education and scientific research has sent a written notice to all university presidents, criticising them for non-compliance with a July 2016 ministerial decree which criminalised plagiarism, and urging them to deal with all irregularities in accordance with the rules.
Student violence derails higher education crisis meeting
A two-day convention aimed at supporting the search for solutions to South Africa’s higher education challenges was called off last weekend after the event descended into chaos on the first day.
Ministry cracks down on ‘inadequate’ university offerings
The Rwandan Ministry of Education has temporarily suspended the operations of four universities and courses in six other universities as part of a strategy to deal with sub-standard educational offerings.
Makerere to streamline courses to meet development goals
Uganda’s flagship Makerere University has embarked on a process of phasing out, merging and scrapping of academic courses in order to reduce duplication and streamline courses in a move aimed at improving quality and aligning academic programmes with national development objectives.
Study calls for safeguarding of girls’ education at all levels
New global data underscores the importance of policies that safeguard female children’s education at all levels and the need to encourage girls and women to pursue the highest levels of education.
US$2bn bond to plug higher education facilities deficit
Government last week Wednesday contracted CBZ Holdings, one of the country’s biggest financial institutions, to raise US$2 billion through bonds to fund infrastructure facilities at the country’s institutions of higher learning.
Quality assurance workshops target university teaching
As pressure mounts on African universities to produce employable graduates, the quality of university teaching has been identified by the Association of African Universities as a key factor in improving outcomes.
Concerns raised over spate of violence at universities
Algerian universities, usually enclaves of peace and perceived as bastions of reason and enlightenment, have in the past few weeks been the site of several acts of violence, raising concerns over the spread of physical violence from other sectors of society.
Reduced budget puts damper on student funding plans
Plans by Kenya’s Higher Education Loans Board to implement the differentiated unit cost funding model biased towards science and technology programmes and introduce loans to students abroad seem destined to falter after the government moved to reduce the budget allocation to the board by US$90 million for the upcoming 2017-18 financial year.
Student fund scheme 'on track' despite hiccups
With a total budget of R15 billion (US$1.2 billion) for 2017, the National Student Financial Aid Scheme expects to fund "well over" 405,000 students at both universities and technical and vocational colleges this year. This is despite an admission that the system did not go “smoothly” in all areas.
Specialised universities ordered to return to mandates
The Nigerian federal government has ordered all specialised universities to stop offering courses and programmes contrary to their mandates and delete the courses from the portal of the Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board, the agency responsible for university admissions. The move is an attempt to improve education quality in the country.
Student report exposes multi-layer university corruption
A new report has recommended tighter control and an overhaul of rules and procedures at Moroccan universities to deal with multi-layered corruption ranging from extortion and sexual harassment to misallocation of resources, unfair employment, manipulated student elections and the mismanagement of properties and finances.
University audit reveals litany of problems
Kenyan universities have been given 30 days to outline corrective measures to address a litany of misdemeanours ranging from flouting of admission criteria to ‘rampant’ abuse of executive degree programmes, the offering of unaccredited programmes as well as the failure to follow rules for student-to-staff ratios.
Government pushes university-industry ‘cluster’ plan
A new plan is under way to develop clusters which bring universities and industry together around specific disciplines in a bid to better meet the country’s economic and social needs.
Centres of excellence launch calls for students
Two Ethiopian-based centres which form part of the Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence – ACE II – project launched in 2015 are due to commence learning activities this year.
Government to reverse 50% cuts to universities
The government has reversed its decision to cut by half its allocations to state universities, saying it was a “mistake”.
Union mulls government offer to end lecturer strike
Public university lecturers said they would continue striking in spite of government’s mid-week offer of KES10 billion (US$97 million) to cater for basic salaries and housing allowance adjustments.
University quota system – Pushing fairness or mediocrity?
Is the current quota system in the Nigerian public university system undermining the public sector higher education in favour of private universities which are not required to adhere to it?
University decolonisation – A fight against capitalism?
One of the main demands of the #FeesMustFall protests was the implementation of a process towards achieving a decolonised and Afrocentric education. But there doesn't seem to be any widespread consensus on what that means. In the meantime, the patience of students is wearing thin.
Chancellors moot centralised lecturer appointments
Qualified and reliable lecturers should be recruited and appointed by a central body, according to a proposal by Kenyan university chancellors that seeks to ensure quality education in both public and private universities.
Staff strike paralyses public universities
Learning was paralysed last week in Kenyan public universities after unions representing both the institutions’ teaching and non-teaching staff announced a nationwide strike over salaries.
Makerere embarks on headcount to establish numbers
A three-week head-counting process of Makerere University students and staff aimed at establishing the precise number of students enrolled in the institution and eradicating ghost students and workers, got under way last week.
New graduates to assist pastoralists with climate change
Pastoralists in the arid and semi-arid areas of East Africa are at the coalface of climate change impacts. A new cohort of masters graduates from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania is set to enrich the capacity of these farmers to enhance their resilience to climatic variations and address growing food security challenges.