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18 December 2018  Issue No: 233
Africa Features
PHOTOChina provides some lessons for Africa when it comes to managing the apparent contradiction between massification and differentiation in higher education, one of which is that creating research universities that contribute to development requires policy that connects with both politics and culture.
Africa News
PHOTOLecturers at Egypt’s Islamic Al-Azhar University have condemned a recent ruling by the institution’s President Mohamed el-Mahrassawy that prevents them from appearing in the media without prior approval from the state seminary’s administration.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOThe fact that the new Ethiopian Education Development Roadmap (2018-30) does not emphasise the development of efficient higher education management information systems is a source of concern, given the changing nature and complexity of higher education and the attendant pressures placed on higher education institutions.
PHOTOZimbabwean academic, Professor Phinias Mogorosi Makhurane, who died on 1 December, helped a number of Southern African states' future leaders get scholarships while he was a representative of the International University Exchange Fund in the region during the 1970s.
Global Features
PHOTOHigher education has a key role to play in countering the spread of populism and nationalism and tackling global challenges such as poverty and climate change, by reasserting universal values of human dignity and the value of science and research, UNESCO’s education chief, Stefania Giannini said.
World Blog
PHOTOSince coming to power in Ontario, Doug Ford has cancelled funding for four new campuses, including a new university that will provide French-language degrees on global issues. Buoyed by a public outcry, the latter’s advocates are pushing for federal funding to save the initiative.
Global Commentary
PHOTOThe need for attention to new topics and new perspectives in relation to internationalisation of higher education is acute and the next generation of researchers will need to move the field forward, making it more international.
Transformative Leadership
PHOTOTransformative leadership is taking place in diverse contexts where university teaching and research is being embedded in local community objectives. Most of this innovation is taking place away from the metropolitan capitals and academic centres and universities are starting to link up to share knowledge.
Since it launched in Rwanda in 2013, Kepler has set up a refugee campus which combines in-person, online and on-the-job learning and has led to increased employment outcomes. It hopes to work with partners and other institutions to expand its model to other parts of the continent.
Empowering academic refugees can help to change mindsets so that refugees are regarded as a social asset rather than a cost. They can also enhance inclusion and contribute to a deeper understanding of refugees and the challenges they face in higher education.
Transformative Leadership: South Africa
PHOTOTo achieve truly transformative change, South Africa needs to develop a world-class higher education system that supports differentiated forms of education, with institutions linked to an overall developmental goal. That requires adequate incentives for different types of institutions to excel in different missions.
Academic Freedom
PHOTOStudent expression has more impact and legitimacy when organised through democratic, inclusive and accountable bodies that foster debate and cooperation across political differences before conflicts arise. University leaders can help to strengthen student expression by creating opportunities for constructive dialogue.
World Round-up
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