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27 January 2019  Issue No: 235
Special Report
PHOTOA workshop in Cape Town, a conference in Stellenbosch, and a recently published volume on the contribution of universities to place-based development form the basis for this edition’s special report examining the opportunities for South African universities – like their counterparts around the world – to embrace the roles of place-makers, engines of innovation and economic development, and centres of knowledge-production which seek to inform local decision- and policy-making.
A recent town and gown conference shattered the myth of the ivory tower and illustrated that throughout the world there is no longer a zero-sum calculation between civic engagement and academic excellence.
South Africa’s universities are well positioned to assume proactive roles as place-makers, engines of innovation and economic development, and centres of knowledge-production in their cities and regions. But there is also a need to be realistic about constraints.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOEthiopia has brought in a new directive that aims to address the politicisation of the selection process for university leaders by giving academics a greater role, but its focus on ‘merit’ has disadvantaged women who have greater caring responsibilities.
Africa News
PHOTOTunisia continues to witness incidents of criminally or racially motivated violent attacks on Sub-Saharan African students, which threaten the safety of the foreign academic community and undermine Tunisia’s plan for becoming an attractive African hub for education and training.
Africa Features
PHOTOMany students in Zimbabwe are facing the prospect of having to forgo their university studies in favour of their siblings’ education as the country’s economic meltdown continues to bite.
World Blog
PHOTOUnited States higher education is facing a funding crisis. Relying on international students to cover ever-decreasing government funding for higher education is not a long-term strategy and will reach a point of diminishing returns. Honesty is needed in the debate over ever-rising tuition fees.
Global Features
PHOTOIs Chinese telecoms giant Huawei’s massive investment in research collaborations with top universities globally under threat, following the United States’ advice to its intelligence partners – the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – to scrutinise research ties with China, especially Huawei, over intellectual property theft and competition fears?
Global Commentary
PHOTOA recent investigation of the Dutch Inspectorate of Education suggests large-scale use of English as a language of teaching in Dutch higher education is illegal. Not only that, but it is weakening the Dutch language and the quality of Dutch education.
Transformative Leadership
PHOTOA multicultural study in the Pacific Rim region has shown that there is a serious divide between technology – especially artificial intelligence – and society, and we desperately need universities to develop talent that can design technological and social systems simultaneously, moving towards a concurrent design of technosocial systems.
World Round-up
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