UK essay mill ban hits jobless Kenyan graduates
21 April 2019  Issue No: 241
Africa Features
PHOTORecent measures taken by the United Kingdom government to stamp out the use of essay mills by its students come as a blow to thousands of Kenyan university students and graduates who rely on contract academic writing as a major source of income.
A focus on institution-building rather than individuals is key to growing the next generation of African scientists and ensuring the sustainability of scientific research, according to South African epidemiologist Professor Salim 'Slim' Abdool Karim, whose election to the Royal Society, the world’s oldest science academy, was announced this week.
Emerging higher education patterns in Sub-Saharan Africa indicate the region is at risk of a talent pool deficit that will impact on its ability to develop and retain highly qualified academic staff.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOThe demands on managers, staff and students of Ghanaian higher education institutions are growing, placing pressure on all parties involved and contributing to rising tensions between the various players in the institutions. Amidst all the turmoil, institutions are in danger of overlooking the importance of mental health and well-being.
Africa News
PHOTOSudanese universities and academics, having played a major role in the push for change in Sudan, last week rejected the military takeover of the country, vowing to continue their protest action until a civilian government is in place.
Student Blog
PHOTOStudents are perfect targets for South Africa’s burgeoning takeaway food industry. Universities have a responsibility to educate undergraduate students on the perils of unhealthy eating choices.
PHOTOThe 2019 UNESCO Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report, launched at the Economic Commission for Africa conference of ministers in Marrakech, Morocco in March, finds that tertiary education graduates are five times more likely to migrate abroad than those with primary education. University World News spoke to Manos Antoninis, director of the GEM Report, about the implications of brain drain for some of Africa’s poorest countries.
Global Commentary
PHOTOPromises to replace the popular Erasmus student and staff mobility scheme if the United Kingdom leaves the European Union may sound good, but they are much more difficult to fulfil in reality. Reputedly among Europeans’ favourite EU programmes, some 40,000 Brits travelled abroad under Erasmus+ during 2016-17 while nearly 63,800 European staff and students trained in the UK.
World Blog
PHOTOGlobal developments suggest that the time for internationalisation as an ‘in-house’ issue is over. Universities have to take their responsibility to society more seriously and put social engagement at the heart of internationalisation.
Transformative Leadership
PHOTOThe move to a market-oriented governance model has not improved higher education. Unless the academic community is placed at the heart of the sector, it will lose many of those innovative and transformative characteristics that have made higher education internationally successful.
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