Also: The ongoing impact of COVID-19 on universities
11 June 2020  Issue No: 273
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOAs PhD enrolment in Africa increases, the need to ensure the quality of PhDs is becoming urgent. In this regard, promising developments in East Africa and South Africa offer a foundation upon which to forge a regional approach for use by quality assurance agencies across the continent.
On 2 June Winnie Kosgei, a Kenyan marathon runner, helped to pioneer a new form of virtual race that allows athletes to compete against each other without having to be physically in the same area. This is one example of how professional athletes have adapted their careers to the new world of COVID-19. But what about ‘student’ athletes who depend on their sporting abilities to obtain access to higher education?
How will the COVID-19 pandemic affect long-term cooperation between universities in the Global North and South as budget cuts force the former to focus on their own needs? The lessons of the current crisis are that mutual cooperation is the best way forward.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOEducational developers are in a good position to act as ‘shock absorbers’ against attempts to impose a standardisation of teaching and learning and corporate models of change that focus on competition and ‘choice’ in education rather than improving teacher confidence, autonomy and curiosity.
Africa Features
PHOTOWhile Nigeria has recently eased its lockdown restrictions, educational institutions, including universities, have remained closed. The country’s private universities have responded by continuing to develop online learning, while many public universities are waiting for their physical facilities to reopen before restarting services.
Africa News
PHOTOThe council of the Academy of Science of South Africa has defended the editorial independence of its flagship journal – the South African Journal of Science – and the right of any academic to submit for publication the results of research in the scholarly journal subject to editorial review processes.
Global Commentary
PHOTODual purposing partnerships are the way forward for internationalisation of higher education in a post-COVID-19 world, as they mean partners can leverage each other’s resources into something more than each could do on their own. Developing an institutional culture supporting internationalisation is also key.
World Blog
PHOTOLeaders need to be guided, intellectually stretched and coached according to the specific contexts they face, not subjected to online generalised packages. Now is the time to set up more business schools emphasising value-generating leadership rather than greater generalised remote learning.
Global Features
PHOTOThe coronavirus crisis and the resulting government clampdown on foreigners entering Australia have cut earning capacity and created a revenue crisis for universities that has already left the top eight institutions dangerously exposed and is set to deepen, a new report has found.
World Round-up
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