Launch of multidisciplinary journal opens scholarly channels
14 November 2019  Issue No: 254
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOThe launch of a new multidisciplinary academic journal after years of planning and commitment has opened up a valuable and much-needed academic avenue for scholars in science, humanities and social sciences in Namibia.
Traumatised students and academics are struggling to cope at South African universities plagued by a 'rape culture' and the failure to overcome the legacies of past and present discrimination. In response, a new network has been established among universities in the country’s Western Cape province with the goal of addressing inequality within the post-school system and society at large.
Ahead of next week’s African Research Universities Alliance conference – Africa and the Fourth Industrial Revolution: Defining a role for research universities – University World News canvassed the views of a selection of experts in higher education on the state of readiness of Africa’s research universities for the next 'revolution'.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOSouth African universities are grappling with a number of challenges, many of which are inherently South African in character but are nonetheless important. However, the global environment for research and higher education has changed markedly and it is not clear whether our universities are giving sufficient attention to the broader international contexts in which they are working.
Africa Features
PHOTOFor several weeks up to 300 people from African countries have been camped outside the offices of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Pretoria, South Africa, demanding to be sent home to their countries of origin as they fear for their lives in South Africa following an outbreak of xenophobic violence in August and September that left several people dead.
Africa News
PHOTOOne of China’s oldest universities, the Beijing Foreign Studies University, announced the introduction last month of a course in Kinyarwanda – one of Rwanda’s four official languages which is spoken by almost all of the native population and 12 million people in Rwanda, Eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo and adjacent parts of southern Uganda.
Student Blog
PHOTOWhen I received my admission to Uganda's Makerere University Business School for my undergraduate degree, a very high note of self-importance emerged because I was convinced my time to conquer the world had arrived.
eLearning Africa 2019
PHOTOThe 14th edition of eLearning Africa was held from 23 to 25 October in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Under the theme "The Keys to the Future: Learnability and employability", the gathering focused on two of the most important attributes needed in tomorrow’s rapidly changing global economy: learnability and employability.
World Blog
PHOTOPutting students into groups to complete an assessment doesn’t necessarily result in collaborative teamwork and productive learning and students often hate it, but might it be the best preparation for the world of work? Academic policy-makers and employers certainly think so.
Global Commentary
PHOTOUniversities need to stand firm on, and provide hard evidence of, the benefits of internationalisation, to counter rising neo-nationalist moves to create a climate of fear, reminiscent of the McCarthy era, which is raising harmful suspicions and jeopardising global collaborations, particularly with China, that benefit the whole world.
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