HE in lockdown – News from around the continent
2 April 2020  Issue No: 263
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOCOVID-19 has effectively exposed the limitations of unilateralism. Against this backdrop, there is an impending danger that higher education may once again be sidelined as a luxury that African countries can least afford when it should continue to garner support on a priority basis to help overcome human-made problems and natural disasters.
The sudden (and necessary) move to online teaching is gaining huge traction as a fait accompli, without consideration of both the losses and gains that migrating to online facilitation and other modalities will incur for the sustainability of the academic project in all countries.
Universities in South Africa have committed themselves to completing the 2020 academic year and are working with three possible scenarios in the uncertain terrain presented by the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic.
Africa News
PHOTOWith the global COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic disrupting learning and other activities, the British-based human rights group Amnesty International has called on the Ethiopian authorities to disclose measures it has taken to rescue the 17 Amhara students from Dambi Dollo University in Western Oromia who were abducted by unknown people in November 2019 and who are still missing.
PHOTOMany of the African students who remained in China during the height of the COVID-19 outbreak are still unable to return home because of the lockdowns now taking effect in Africa. University World News spoke to Serufusa Sekidde, a medical doctor and a senior New Voices fellow at the Aspen Institute in the United States who studied in China and has been supporting African students in China during the COVID-19 epidemic, about the kind of assistance those students now need.
Africa Features
PHOTOThe COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted efforts by South Sudan tertiary education leaders and ministers within the newly-formed South Sudan unity government to restore the country’s universities, many of which were devastated by the years of civil war that may now have ended.
World Blog
PHOTOIn the midst of the novel coronavirus outbreak, we need to consider what the worldwide economic and higher education landscape will look like after the threat from the pandemic has dissipated, including changes to the supply chain, recruitment practices and online learning.
Global Commentary
PHOTOAlthough COVID-19 is likely to be a temporary crisis, it should serve as a wake-up call for higher education systems to flex their access and transfer pathways and ensure the provision of flexible educational delivery modes that serve diverse populations of learners.
International Higher Education Forum
PHOTOHigher education can expect at least 12 months of “abnormal conditions” from the COVID-19 pandemic – with at least five years before global student mobility recovers, according to Professor Simon Marginson, the director of the Centre for Global Higher Education at the University of Oxford.
Global Features
PHOTOMajor international examinations normally taken by the most internationally mobile students, such as the International Baccalaureate and international A levels, and national school-leaving exams in many countries have been suspended due to the school closures caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
World Round-up
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