How women in higher education are making their mark
23 July 2020  Issue No: 279
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOSuccessive administrations promise to increase the number of universities in Ghana as if this alone will create the development they desire. But the creation of universities without proper investment is more about politics than development and may simply create inferior universities.
The Zimbabwean government has ordered all tertiary education institutions to stop face-to-face lectures on campuses immediately and proceed with e-learning as a safety measure to protect students and workers from a sudden spike in the number of cases of COVID-19.
Marketisation of higher education in Sub-Saharan Africa, a model that two decades ago was borrowed from Uganda’s Makerere University to save public universities from resource starvation, is no longer a quiet revolution but a ring of jingle bells announcing academic distress.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOThe Doctoral Standard and National Review Reference Group responds to Ken Harley’s article by arguing that doctoral national review is what it should be: a peer review process rooted in collaborative networks and partnerships.
Africa News
PHOTOBudget cuts and the diversion of resources to ameliorate the effects of COVID-19 are set to negatively impact higher education in South Africa, as well as national science and research systems, casting doubt over the system’s ability to meet postgraduate and PhD targets, and sparking fears of staff reductions further down the line as the pandemic continues to slow down the economy.
Gender and HE
PHOTOA number of female business school leaders in Africa have a demonstrable track record of solid professional performance and their brand performance tends to have a positive ripple effect on the institutional brands they lead.
Global Commentary
PHOTOWhile study in the United States has lost its lustre in recent years, it remains a global brand. However, institutions cannot be complacent: they need to reach out to international students, be honest and transparent and try harder in their recruitment efforts.
World Blog
PHOTOAt a time of constant disruption, the curriculum needs to enable meaningful learning pathways and help reduce unnecessary bureaucratic practices. The relationship between and progression to different level qualifications should be at the centre of curriculum planning and design in post-secondary education and training.
Global Features
PHOTOMany Pacific Rim universities that were best prepared for campus closures at very short notice in response to the COVID-19 pandemic already had emergency disaster response procedures in place encompassing other natural disasters. These will make them more resilient in future pandemics, university presidents say.
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