Mop-up operations underway in Mozambique universities
7 April 2019  Issue No: 240
Africa News
PHOTOUniversity authorities in central Mozambique are reporting that at least 20,000 students are still unable to resume their education in the region, following serious damage caused to their institutions by Cyclone Idai, which devastated the country’s major northern port Beira over two days last month.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOIn a mineral-rich country such as Botswana, the introduction of a new department of chemical engineering at the Botswana International University of Science and Technology holds the potential to transform the country’s economy and bring global recognition to the university.
In addition to an immediate cash injection, alleviating the financial stress in the Kenyan university sector requires a long-term solution marked by carefully conceived, structured state support for both public and private universities.
Demand for higher education and the preference by Somalis for foreign institutions is aiding the proliferation of foreign outposts and driving Ethiopia’s internationalisation strategy. For the long-term health of the sector, such proliferation must come with a commitment by Somalia to internal quality assurance and adherence to regulations on the part of the foreign provider – even if such systems are not yet fully embedded.
Africa Features
PHOTOThe Higher Education Students' Financing Board in Uganda said this month it was exploring the feasibility of instituting a fund similar to the Ghana Education Trust Fund, which would allow it to mobilise more monies to finance more students, after a deficit last year of UGX5 billion (US$1.3 million) threatened the admission of new students into the higher education sector.
A new transdisciplinary research centre, launched at the University of Pretoria in South Africa last week, aims to unlock the potential of Africa and is based on the premise that Africa can and should be leading the transformations needed by the continent.
The “absurd politicisation” of appointments and promotions within universities – with the knowledge of vice-chancellors who operate on the basis of nepotism and patronage – is behind some of the promotion scandals currently plaguing Nigerian universities, according to a senior academic.
Student Blog
PHOTOBecause they will be the most affected, the youth of South Africa need to champion the fourth industrial revolution, but they need some serious support and investment from the government, and the rest of society.
Global Commentary
PHOTOChina’s higher education system is changing and China is now active in international higher education. For those countries and institutions which have come to rely on the recruitment of Chinese students – among them the United States, United Kingdom and Australia – this will create serious problems.
World Blog
PHOTOThere is a growing trend for universities to talk about educating students for global citizenship and about being global institutions. This claim is worth investigating. But how do we judge if a university really is global and not just international?
Transformative Leadership
PHOTORefugees are an important part of international higher education. By studying transformative approaches to how refugees are integrated into education and wider society, we can ensure that they achieve their potential and that higher education institutions fulfil their humanitarian duties.
Global Features
PHOTOThe world’s first university impact ranking, published by Times Higher Education World University Rankings, has revealed a new hierarchy of global institutions based on universities’ work towards many of the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals, including those for gender equality, climate action and sustainable cities and communities.
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