Also: Who is driving the research and publication agenda on the continent?
14 January 2021  Issue No: 296
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOAfrican scientists’ share of the world’s publications has been increasing and more of the research published by scientists from the continent is being cited, but more regular, reliable and comprehensive data on research universities in Africa is needed to ensure that imminent decisions related to investing in the continent’s universities are well-directed.
Has donor funding for research skewed the scientific enterprise in Sub-Saharan Africa? Based on publications in peer-reviewed journals and patent registrations, questions are being raised about who is setting the research agenda on the continent and what the implications are for research capacity on the continent.
International mechanisms for sharing COVID-19 vaccines have come under fire from scientists around the world for reinforcing rather than combating inequity in global health provision, and for encouraging parochial nationalist responses to the pandemic.
Africa News
PHOTOA weak publishing industry in Africa, including the lack of distribution hubs and an intra-Africa book trade; curricula, pedagogy and learning processes still rooted in the colonial situation and the absence of a scholarship culture, are factors that are undermining the development and production of academic books on the continent.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOMore robust systems are necessary to encourage academics in Ethiopia to increase their research output through ethical channels. Predatory publishing has been enticing many academics to seek short cuts to get published quickly and earn promotions without rigorous scrutiny of their work.
Africa Features
PHOTOThe COVID-19 pandemic has been tough for all Nigerian higher education institutions, their staff and students, but one bright spot has been the fact that universities have developed remote learning and teaching capacities that will stand them in good stead in the future.
Journalism Award
PHOTOThe North African correspondent for the Africa edition of University World News and contributor of news from the Middle East and Africa to the publication’s global edition, Wagdy Sawahel, has been named one of eight category winners in the inaugural African Labour Migration Reporting Awards.
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 Commentary
PHOTOThe free tuition movement has ridden high in election years, bringing with it promises and disappointment, but the COVID-19 pandemic and the financial challenges that will ensue may see it pushed to one side while inequality rises. Could targeted intervention have more success?
World Blog
PHOTOWhat will 2021 hold for higher education? Many of the trends that we are likely to see – including increasing localisation of international students and an increased share of higher education enrolment for company-sponsored short-term certificate programmes – started pre-COVID, but the pandemic has accelerated them.
Global Features
PHOTOThe United States Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has resigned and US higher education leaders have reacted with horror and condemnation to the mob riot on Wednesday 6 January which breached the Capitol, where Congressmen were meeting to certify the presidential election results, leaving them in fear of their lives.
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