Toxic politics and welfare demands push universities to the edge
25 August 2019  Issue No: 248
Africa Features
PHOTOPolitical parties should be banned from university campuses in South Africa, according to a number of leading academics and senior administrators who attended a recent academic round-table discussion on the book Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall by University of the Witwatersrand Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib.
Outspoken South African academic Adam Habib, vice-chancellor of one of the country’s leading institutions, the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits), said he would have like to have seen greater ethics among student leaders during the #FeesMustFall protests which effectively kicked off on the Wits campus in 2015.
A four-year leadership training programme aimed at vice-chancellors, principals and deans of 54 African universities has proved popular among university leaders and a third phase is planned, according to its organisers.
Africa News
PHOTOThe website 'Study in North Cyprus' describes the territory as a “student paradise”, but the recent murder of another Nigerian student in Northern Cyprus – in this case at the hands of fellow Africans – continues to raise questions about the quality of life for African students in the self-declared republic.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOThere is much hype about Africa replacing China as a source of international students, with the statistics suggesting a growing demand for higher education. For institutions thinking of recruiting in Africa, there are several issues to consider before committing resources.
PHOTOThe second Higher Education Forum for Africa, Asia and Latin America (HEFAALA) symposium was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on 26 and 27 July 2019. Jointly organised with St Mary’s University, the symposium was marked by discussions and analyses of topical higher education issues of regional, trans-regional and international significance by experts from the three regions and beyond.
World Blog
PHOTOExternal funding threatens the future of European universities, in particular their ability to remain comprehensive and to maintain a balance between arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences. Great knowledge may be left uncovered as a result of subtle shifts in the flow of university resources, and the consequences for society may be serious.
Global Commentary
PHOTOThe latest Academic Ranking of World Universities shows a lot of instability, a further weakening of the position of universities in the United States and Europe, and the growing role of highly cited researchers in boosting performance.
Global Features
PHOTOAustralia’s oldest citizens are graduating in increasing numbers from universities, demonstrating that ageing has not affected their mental abilities. The latest is 90-year-old Lorna Prendergast who graduated from the University of Melbourne on 27 July with, appropriately, a masters degree in ageing.
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