Also: Nigerian students lead Africa in outbound mobility
3 December 2020  Issue No: 294
Africa Top Stories
PHOTORadical affirmative action programmes may be required to grow the share of female students enrolled in science, technology and innovation and to increase the number of female lecturers and researchers, who remain woefully under-represented in these fields in African higher education institutions.
University students in Sub-Saharan Africa have become the most mobile tertiary students in the world, as about 5% of the 8.1 million tertiary students on the continent have crossed a border, as compared to the global average of 2.4%, according to Campus France, a public agency that attracts and provides educational services to international students studying in France.
The Amílcar Cabral University, the only public university in Guinea-Bissau, one of the world’s poorest and politically fragile countries, is looking to expand its educational services and attract more funds, trying to overturn past student dissatisfaction with its work.
Africa News
PHOTOThe new principal and vice-chancellor of the University of South Africa or UNISA wants the institution to reclaim its space as an innovative leader in distance and open education, and make sure the university contributes to South African and Africa-wide goals on sustainable development.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOHaving more women in the workplace generally benefits growth and prosperity in a nation. Although the situation has improved steadily over the past decades, the labour force gender gap is still an issue of concern globally. According to a 2019 International Labour Office report, the global gap in labour participation rates between women and men was 27% in 2018.
Africa Features
PHOTOThe OR Tambo Africa Research Chairs Initiative announced its first 10 research chair holders on 27 October. It is funded through a partnership between South Africa’s National Research Foundation, the Oliver and Adelaide Tambo Foundation, Canada’s International Development Research Centre and the national research grant-making councils of the countries hosting the chairholders.
Global Commentary
PHOTOBritish higher education faces two diverging paths when it comes to international students after Brexit. To remain competitive, it needs to ensure that government policy and investment are aligned on promoting United Kingdom higher education globally and build on its lead in transnational education.
World Blog
PHOTOMany different academic disciplines have helped to shed light on the COVID-19 pandemic, but one area that doesn’t get as much credit is data science. However, educating the public about counting and ranking is also a vital part of universities’ public service role.
Transformative Leadership: Social Impact and Civic Engagement
PHOTOThe German government has announced a massive €4 billion (US$4.8 billion) budget to support research projects addressing global warming and sustainability under its FONA strategy over the coming five years.
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.
Global Features
PHOTOTed Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education, has written to United States President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris on behalf of 43 US university associations calling on them to move to ensure that American colleges and universities are “once again, the destination of choice for the world’s best international students and scholars”.
World Round-up
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