Also: Student activist: ‘My 10 days in Harare remand prison’
26 November 2020  Issue No: 293
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOCOVID-19 is taking its toll on libraries since teaching and learning moved online earlier this year. Shortages of textbooks and other printed material, exorbitant textbook prices and copyright problems have proved especially challenging.
While the strike action of academic staff in Nigeria has entered its eighth month, rumblings of discontent from faculty and students in other countries have been emerging and growing louder amid increasing financial difficulties in the higher education sector.
African universities are starting to join the movement towards digital game-based learning or DGBL and are recognising its potential in developing skills and enhancing motivation. DGBL increases enjoyment and engagement, especially during COVID-19 containment measures, but as a learning pedagogy also faces significant challenges.
Africa News
PHOTOKenya has revived plans to increase fees for students enrolled at public universities from next year. Private institutions are considering similar plans, spelling doom for students who could be paying at least double the current charges next year.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOThe Zimbabwean student activist Prince Gora was recently jailed for 10 days. Gora, a fourth-year chemical engineering student at the Harare Institute of Technology, is also a University World News journalist. He is one of several student activists who have been detained this year.
Today’s young graduates are confronted with the huge challenge of unemployment because of the fast-changing world of work and the limited and competitive opportunities available.
China has been increasing its influence on the higher education sector in Africa, with some arguing that partnerships are based on mutual respect, equality and honesty. African higher education leaders should take care and join forces to protect their interests and to oppose any Chinese colonialism.
Africa Features
PHOTOThe COVID-19 pandemic has increased inequality in African higher education but, where universities have had successes in adapting to the COVID-19 pandemic, they can build on their experience to deal with the challenge, the third World Access to Higher Education Day was told.
Global Features
PHOTOSixteen university presidents from 14 countries met to discuss post-pandemic and Brexit perspectives for ‘reinventing higher education’ and the question of whether mobility of academic and student talent can return to pre-pandemic levels, in a Zoom event organised by IE University, Spain.
Global Commentary
PHOTOMicro-credentials are growing more and more popular. Higher education institutions should pay attention to the discussion around them – especially on the need for more clarity about what they mean and transparency – and about the development of a European approach to micro-credentials.
Transformative Leadership: Social Impact and Civic Engagement
PHOTOThe sudden switch to online teaching during the COVID-19 pandemic does not seem to be a temporary one, yet it has caused rising inequality and has highlighted the lack of a student voice in India’s higher education system, particularly for the most disadvantaged students.
Transformative Leadership: Webinar on Social Impact
PHOTOOn 27 January 2021 University World News, in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation, will be bringing together experts and practitioners from the International Association of Universities, the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities and the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program in an online webinar on how universities can improve their social impact.
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