Universities in Northern Cyprus ‘illegal’ – Ambassador
The Ambassador of the Republic of Cyprus to Zimbabwe Yannis Iacovou has said all universities in the breakaway Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus are operating unlawfully and all foreign students studying there – including Zimbabweans – are breaking international law.
University-level upgrade for teacher-training colleges
All Colleges of Education are to be upgraded to University Colleges and will offer a four-year Bachelor of Education degree with effect from the 2018-19 academic year, as part of efforts to improve the quality of teacher training in the country, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has announced.
Unprepared graduates are raising our costs, say employers
Kenyan employers are warning of surging business costs arising from the hiring of new under-prepared university graduates even as the country grapples with an oversupply of university leavers.
Ongoing partnership helps engineers tackle local needs
The United Kingdom's Royal Academy of Engineering is looking to team up with more Sub-Saharan African universities in a programme aimed at forging links between universities and the private sector.
Centres of Excellence project bequeaths research hubs
The Inter-University Council for East Africa plans to establish regional research hubs in at least four universities that are hosting the Eastern and Southern African Higher Education Centres of Excellence at a cost of US$2 million.
CUE works to fast-track university security measures
The Kenyan Ministry of Education and the Commission for University Education (CUE) are pushing the implementation of measures to improve security within and around universities and constituent colleges, aimed at preventing a recurrence of the fatal Garissa terror attack in 2015, and at curtailing the potential for student radicalisation and general criminal activity.
Beyond the establishment of quality assurance agencies
As it is currently implemented, Ethiopia’s quality assurance system fails to hold public higher education institutions accountable and its audit system is only useful for institutions that have a high level of commitment, motivation and readiness to benefit from the process. There is an urgent need for changes in the system.
How well is South African science doing?
Johann Mouton and Jaco Blanckenberg
Across a number of indicators – publication output, international collaboration and citation visibility or impact – it appears that scientific production in South Africa has grown impressively over the last 17 years.
‘Abiy’s Fellows’ – A new frontier to advance excellence
In addition to its material benefits, it is hoped that the new prime minister’s scholarship scheme will enhance the currency of merit and excellence in all walks of life and provide inspiration for higher education students looking for worthy role models.
Are graduates ready for artificial intelligence?
Since the term artificial intelligence (AI) was coined there have been various expectations of what it can achieve and how it can change society. Has AI met these expectations? Can it meet the challenges posed by the fourth industrial revolution?
Meeting basic needs – A first step to student success
While research shows that funded students have a better success rate because their basic needs are more likely to be met, they still need a range of other support mechanisms and structures to ensure they achieve their potential at South African universities. Student analytics – which provides a clearer picture of student needs – can help.
Seeding Labs – A catalytic opportunity to drive discovery
The discovery by a Harvard molecular biology doctoral student of troves of unused and underused scientific laboratory equipment in a university basement was the impetus behind a project which has today brought equipment worth over US$30 million to 63 institutions in 33 countries around the world.
Draft law paves way for Amazigh language academy
Algeria has approved a draft law paving the way for the creation of an Amazigh language academy dedicated to the teaching and promotion of research on Tamazight, as well as its standardisation.
Discord over proposed changes to education trust fund
Public and private tertiary education institutions are at loggerheads over a proposal to widen access to the country’s Tertiary Education Trust Fund to include private institutions. The fund is currently responsible for managing and disbursing the education tax to public tertiary institutions.
How do we prepare graduates who can serve society?
Educationalists have called upon Kenyan universities to teach critical thinking skills and include social justice and transformation in their curriculum, in order to prepare graduates to serve their societies selflessly and diligently.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Minister concerned over Bologna Process delays
Halfway through the procedure introducing the Bologna Process of European higher education, known in French as LMD, Steve Mbikayi, the minister for higher education in the DRC, is concerned about delays and has instructed university heads to carry out an evaluation of progress so far.
Minister denounces university entrance fraud
Maria do Rosário Bragança Sambo, Angola's higher education and science minister, has denounced officials’ fraudulent malpractice in student university entrance processes.
NEWS – Our correspondents worldwide report
Universities look south to recruit international students
Mary Beth Marklein and Nguyen Lan Huong
Latin America and the Caribbean appear to be the new go-to regions for many international recruitment officers at United States colleges and universities, more than three-quarters of whom said they are rethinking overseas strategies in light of recent enrolment shortfalls, a new survey finds.
UK visa changes ‘discriminate’ against Indian students
Moves by the United Kingdom government to ease student visa procedures for around a dozen non-European countries have caused outrage in India whose students – among the most numerous in the UK – have been excluded while Chinese students stand to benefit from the changes which come into effect on 6 July.
HE sector widely condemns Trump’s immigration policy
Academics, academic institutions, higher education leaders and higher education organisations joined calls last week to condemn the forced separation of illegal immigrant children from their parents in the United States and the imprisonment of immigrant families, demanding President Donald Trump rethink his immigration policy.
Universities oppose foreign influence legislation
Proposed legislation on tracking the influence of foreign governments in Australia would affect thousands of academics collaborating with researchers outside the country. Universities Australia has called on federal parliamentarians to back the government’s own amendments to its proposals, which would reduce the impact on universities.
Will Horizon Europe be more open to the world?
Jan Petter Myklebust
The European Commission’s draft proposal for the European Union’s research programme for 2021-28, Horizon Europe, says it will widen participation to include ‘third’ countries with excellent science, technology and innovation capacities. But does it go far enough to reverse the trend of decreasing non-EU participants?
The higher education landscape is changing fast
With Asia set to dominate the next decades, it is predicted that shifting demographics will mean that middle-income countries will be the new generators for enrolments in higher education by 2040. Could this herald a new era in the geopolitics of higher education?
Business schools need to reconnect with society
Business schools are at a ‘tipping point’ and must reconnect with their primary responsibility of serving the needs of society. Institutional changes are needed – to create more ethical, responsible and sustainable management education – and accreditation processes are helping to push them forward.
FORMER SOVIET UNION
Twenty-five years of change in post-Soviet HE systems
A new book illustrates not only how the common past of the 15 post-Soviet countries has shaped – and is continuing to shape – their development, but how similar and sometimes diverging policy choices were taken to deal with common challenges.
Reconfiguring the European higher education sector
European Union countries have mixed views on the impact of Brexit on European higher education cooperation. While some could gain as a result, many say the research productivity and reputation of institutions in the United Kingdom have helped the region as a whole to achieve great visibility in the global higher education and research landscape.
LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN
A commitment to social transformation in Latin America
Michaela Martin and Pedro Henriquez Guajardo
The recent third Regional Conference on Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean raised issues around the role of universities in promoting the public good and social, political and cultural transformation, as well as the need for greater institutional autonomy and involvement in quality assurance.
Free higher education – The public good argument
Roger Chao Jr
Challenges in providing quality ‘public’ higher education should not be a reason for national governments to shirk their responsibility to deliver a public service that includes delivery of quality ‘public’ higher education with long-term benefits not only for students but for society in general.
‘We weren’t prepared for this level of cruelty’
Teghan Simonton, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Law professors and students in the University of Texas School of Law are dealing with a frequency and intensity of immigrant cases involving family detention and separation that has skyrocketed recently, leaving even experienced legal professionals shocked and students emotionally drained.