HE minister sacked over alleged controversial comments
Speculation continues over the reasons for the sudden dismissal of Somalia's Minister of Education, Culture and Higher Education Abdulrahman Taher Osman following comments he is alleged to have made about the non-recognition of sub-standard universities in the country.
Calls for tighter regulation of private universities
A recent government warning about the use by private universities of manipulated or fake data about curricula and international partnerships to programmes that have not received official authorisation, has highlighted the need for tighter regulation, say higher education observers in Morocco.
Researcher fears government tender will sabotage his PhD
A researcher and part-time employee of the University of Rwanda has petitioned a parliamentary committee over what he alleges is the sabotage of his research, a study on fish in Lake Kivu, by the infrastructure ministry.
Graft clampdown – Universities told to halt new projects
Kenya’s public universities, many of which have embarked on ambitious infrastructure projects, are facing a rocky future following the government’s blanket ban on new infrastructure projects for all state agencies and the implementation of tighter procurement processes – all aimed at clamping down on corruption.
Skills mismatch under the spotlight at Yaoundé meeting
Africa is likely to miss out on the fourth industrial revolution if universities do not focus on entrepreneurship courses or transform their current education curricula so as to give graduates the right skills for the job market, according to education experts.
Ministry unveils plan to attract Sub-Saharan students
The ministry of higher education in Tunisia has launched several new initiatives aimed at increasing the number of foreign students, especially from Sub-Saharan Africa, to its universities.
‘Sustainable development needs both arts and sciences’
“Sustainable development requires both the sciences and the arts to work together and complement each other for execution of development agendas,” according to Professor Samuel Sefa-Dedeh, vice president of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences.
PAU celebrates milestone as first PhD cohort graduates
The Pan African University (PAU) last month celebrated the graduation of its first batch of PhD students in what is seen as a major milestone for the institution that has overcome a number of teething problems since its establishment in 2012.
Universities body to probe gender imbalance at the top
The apex body representing vice-chancellors of South Africa's public universities plans to investigate why women are struggling to break through the glass ceiling en route to heading institutions of higher learning.
Medical health bodies push for graduate exit exam
Frustrated professional bodies in Uganda’s health sector have mooted the idea of introducing exit examinations for graduates seeking to enter the health professions in a bid to improve the quality of students being churned out by universities.
Union to embark on action over detained academics
The Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria is to embark upon a campaign on various campuses in Nigeria calling for the immediate release of the six academics deported by the Nigerian government to Cameroon in January.
Will the fee increase solve universities’ funding woes?
While a tuition fee increment for higher education – the first in 10 years – may be the most viable way to address immediate financial woes facing universities in Uganda, it is not a sustainable way to address higher education funding gaps, say academics.
New partnership puts university teaching in the spotlight
African universities need a systematic change in teaching and learning approaches to help lecturers deal with growing student numbers and inadequate facilities, and to produce graduates who can make meaningful contributions in today’s knowledge-based economies.
Higher education disability policy – Important but flawed
Oliver Mutanga, Bothwell Manyonga and Sindile Ngubane-Mokiwa
South Africa finally has a disability policy that is specific to the higher education sector. While its formulation is a welcome development, can it lead, in its current form, to positive change?
Substance abuse – The unspoken challenge to HE goals
As efforts continue to expand the higher education sector in Ethiopia, we cannot ignore the growing problem of substance and drug abuse among university students. Neglecting this growing trend is likely to result in the curtailment, in some measure, of the gains of educational expansion.
HE and research agreement for closer cooperation
The Moroccan and Tunisian authorities in charge of higher education and research have signed an agreement to encourage the establishment of a university network and greater student mobility.
Social welfare school aims to extend global reach
The École Supérieure de la Sécurité Sociale, which specialises in higher education and training for professions dealing with social welfare, will introduce some courses in English so Anglophone countries will be able to recruit its graduates.
Future international student mobility – The facts
Marguerite J Dennis
Universities should plan for a future of global collaboration based on a critical analysis of a range of facts rather than perceived ideas and one-dimensional statistics. The long view means planning beyond next year’s incoming class of international students.
NEWS – Our correspondents worldwide report
More ‘institutes of eminence’ to be selected despite row
The Indian government is set to expand its list of ‘Institutes of Eminence’ aiming for world-class status even as two of the private institutions first listed earlier this month have come under question, and following rows over top public universities left off the list.
Facial recognition ‘security measures’ grow on campuses
The use of facial recognition software is growing in China’s universities, ostensibly to improve security, but concerns are growing that it is used for monitoring students – including foreign students – and teachers, creating massive databases on student attendance and movements around campus.
Imran Khan vows to convert PM House into a university
Ameen Amjad Khan
Following his victory in Pakistan’s general election held on 25 July, Prime Minister-designate Imran Khan has promised an ambitious education agenda and announced during his success speech on Thursday that he intends to convert the Prime Minister's House into a centre of higher education.
Internationalisation hampered by ‘lack of investment’
Irish higher education institutions are not internationalising to the fullest extent and are constrained by a lack of resources and hampered by a lack of government investment in promotion of Ireland as a study destination, according to a study commissioned by the Higher Education Authority.
Factors behind being in top five Horizon 2020 recipients
Jan Petter Myklebust
While four leading universities in the United Kingdom head the list of the top five recipients of Horizon 2020 funds so far, they are followed by Denmark’s University of Copenhagen, the best performer in continental Europe. What were the key factors behind its success?
Huge rise in unconditional offers for university places
Sam Gyimah, the universities minister, has accused universities of being “completely irresponsible” for steeply increasing the number of unconditional offers made to prospective students in a scramble to fill places, and the university and college union has demanded a complete overhaul of the admissions system.
Saudi universities halt courses for non-regular students
Saudi universities have stopped admitting non-regular or part-time students wishing to obtain a bachelor degree as well as stopping distance learning, at an order from the Arab country’s education authorities, aimed at raising the quality of higher education.
Left and right dislike direction of higher education
Emma Pettit, The Chronicle of Higher Education
Republicans and Democrats aren’t fond of where higher education in the United States is headed, but for very different reasons, a new Pew Research Center survey has found. Only on one issue, the need to protect free speech on campus, are they united.
What happened to internationalisation of the curriculum?
Craig Whitsed, Wendy Green and Carla Camargo Cassol
Despite waning interest in internationalisation of the curriculum in Australia, it is important to explore how academics might shape the discourse of global employability, which has replaced it, so that the aspirations, values and practices of internationalisation of the curriculum continue to inform teaching and learning.
Recalibrating value for money for international students
Global competition for international students is becoming intense due to recent unpredictable events. Yet, innovation and adoption of institutional strategies that align with particular student segments and deliver on the promise of value for money will become the key differentiators of institutional success.
Dutch court defers decision on English in universities
A recent Dutch court ruling on English-language programmes is not the clear victory for universities teaching in English that some think. The court exercised constraint in deciding education matters but will still influence them, with implications for internationalisation policies around the world.
Transnational education and the neo-colonial disguise
Osman Z Barnawi
A recent book explores neo-colonialism in transnational education and questions the idea that the current intellectual and policy infrastructures of higher education in Asia and the Middle East have been wholly imposed by the West.
Displaced universities face looming identity crisis
The displacement of many universities in eastern Ukraine due to the ongoing conflict and the focus of the Ukrainian government on long-term return mean many are facing challenges adapting to their new circumstances and seeking to add value to their new environment.
Guidelines don’t address failure to report sexual assault
Guidelines for how universities should respond to student sexual assault and sexual harassment, released by Universities Australia, fail to address the reason why so many students don’t actually report their experiences. Nor do they address prevention of student sexual assault and harassment.
The unfulfilled promise of online higher education
Decades after the advent of online learning in higher education, the revolution its advocates had foretold has yet to occur. As Richard Garrett writes in a new report, champions of the internet thought it could “transform educational access, quality and cost”. But it hasn’t.