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22 October 2020  Issue No: 288
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOThe Lithuania-based Electronic Information for Libraries, which aims to enable digital information access in developing country libraries, negotiated article processing charge waivers for 34 partner countries that will be valid until December 2022.
African institutions are already leading on aspects of open access to research, but key questions remain about how this leadership could be harnessed to support a central future for African researchers, according to open access research expert Professor Cameron Neylon from Curtin University, Australia.
Following weeks of nationwide protests against police brutality, led by young Nigerians who complain of being targeted by the police, Adejuwon Soyinka asked Oludayo Tade, a sociologist, to help us understand what it feels like being a young Nigerian living in the country today.
Africa News
PHOTOThe Ethiopian government is preparing to reopen the country’s 45 public universities as it ends a COVID-19 lockdown that began in March, despite the disease continuing to expand nationwide, along with growing concerns about social discord and violence.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOIn their magisterial book The New Latin America, Fernando Calderon and Manuel Castells undertake an ambitious intellectual task by attempting to portray the main changes that Latin America has gone through during the last few decades. The book combines social theory with impressive empirical data.
Africa Features
PHOTOUNESCO ranks the University of Al Quaraouiyine of Fez in Morocco, which was founded in 859 CE, as the oldest in the world on the grounds that it continues to operate until the present day. Yet, also in North Africa in what used to be known as Numidia, there are to be found the ruins of an even older university.
Transformative Leadership: Webinar
PHOTOOn 28 October, University World News, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, will be bringing together experts from new and traditional higher education providers, the tech industry and the World Bank for a webinar on: “What will employability mean in the digital age and how should higher education adapt?”
Global Commentary
PHOTOResearch agendas are now often shaped in the global network, not national systems. Although the United States retains a long lead in the number of high-citation papers, research power has become more diversified, with China and East Asia, India, Iran, Brazil and others becoming stronger.
Transformative Leadership: Employability in the Digital Age
PHOTOVirtual learning – especially simulations and gamification – offers a way to take experiential learning from the margins of university education and fully integrate it into conceptual learning, creating an essential element in universities’ real world and work- or career-focused education, as well as lifelong education.
Academic Freedom
PHOTOAs Universities UK releases a report on addressing growing threats to security and academic freedom in the wake of rising interference by authoritarian regimes in international higher education, university leaders should adopt a proposed model code of conduct for protecting their staff and students.
Global Features
PHOTOHow to strengthen the global communications network of student affairs in higher education was the topic of a virtual meeting of the International Association of Student Affairs and Services that brought together 21 national and international associations from across the globe and 50 of their leaders. The meeting launched a communications network to boost information flow worldwide.
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