Also: Delays in the completion of doctoral studies need attention
21 January 2021  Issue No: 297
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOA profound change is taking place in our understanding of the mission of higher education. Increasingly, we have realised that academic freedom must be accompanied by the exercise of academic responsibility, in the sense of making a contribution to civil society. Actively responding to societal challenges is one way of doing so – as many universities have demonstrated in the case of COVID-19.
Delayed graduation is a common theme in doctoral education around the world and an increasing cause of concern for governments, universities and candidates. Amid an ongoing global debate about best practices in doctoral education, the study of this phenomenon deserves more attention.
After 10 months, during which public universities in Nigeria remained closed due to industrial action and the first wave of COVID-19, the Federal Ministry of Education has officially instructed vice-chancellors to reopen campuses for teaching and research.
Africa News
PHOTOSouth Africa’s Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation, Blade Nzimande, has outlined plans for the reopening of tertiary institutions amid the COVID-19 pandemic, but several key challenges remain, and university bosses are predicting a tougher year ahead with many institutions facing a possible financial crisis.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOThere have been a lot of predictions about the future of higher education and internationalisation over the last months, but many have been overtaken by events. We need to focus on developments and make predictions based on solid research rather than short-term perceptions.
Africa Features
PHOTOA three-year project, conceptualised in the context of South Africa’s 2020 policy framework for internationalisation, is focused on offering action-orientated curriculum practices to question how collaborative online international learning exchange can engage learners across our South-North institutions, and beyond, in internationalised and decolonised curricula.
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.
Transformative Leadership: Social Impact and Civic Engagement
PHOTOTU Dublin is using its 73-acre campus development – the largest single investment in a higher education project in the history of the Irish state – to build on its full-throttle commitment to working with the surrounding community to tackle unemployment and social disadvantage in an integrated way.
Global Commentary
PHOTOCOVID-19 uncertainty, along with political changes in the United States and the United Kingdom, suggest we are entering a new phase of international student mobility that will see intensified competition for global talent and higher education institutions would do well to track the fast-changing landscape.
World Blog
PHOTOBefore we get deeper into 2021, we need to understand the lessons of 2020 and ask the right questions about higher education internationalisation in order for it to have greater impact. We need to be able to have frank, evidence-based discussions about ‘Why?’ and ‘How?’.
Global Features
PHOTOThe disruption of school-leaving exams which determine entry to university is now entering its second year as countries suffer second and third waves of COVID-19 infections. It has an effect well beyond the individual country’s exams, with particular impact for international student admissions.
World Round-up
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