Also: Coding a must-have skill for students and academics
25 February 2021  Issue No: 302
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOAfrican countries have been urged to replicate South Korea’s higher education model as a way to unlock employment opportunities and to develop more highly educated and skilled workers. To do so, countries have to harness the transformative power of digital tools and this would require investment, political will and curricular reform by governments and universities.
Enrolment in tertiary education in Mozambique may have multiplied more than seven times in the past 15 years, but it has not expanded postgraduate studies or promoted high-quality research and innovation, according to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
Efforts to establish and grow a pool of skilled coders across Africa have been picking up speed and range from informal coding boot camps to the embedding of coding in formal higher education qualifications. But, apart from lip service to the critical role it could play in the digital economy, governments should do more to tackle impeding factors.
Africa News
PHOTOAs the world approaches the one-year anniversary of the coronavirus pandemic, the threat of Ebola is re-emerging in Guinea and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which has put these West and Central African nations on high alert and has placed the spotlight on the preparedness of universities to manage these health threats.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOThe COVID-19 pandemic has had a transformational impact on the higher education sector in Sub-Saharan Africa, accelerating online learning and scientific discovery, but that transition to virtual learning must be seized as a prime opportunity to intentionally design systems to reduce social inequalities.
Africa Features
PHOTOThe Central University of Technology has cemented its 2030 vision to be a leading institution by becoming the first South African university to join the Massachusetts Institute of Technology-led global collaborative, a network aimed at education innovation.
Global Commentary
PHOTOTo engage or to contain? Western universities seeking to cooperate with China are finding themselves at the centre of geopolitical conflicts between China and their own respective governments. How should they deal with China – and the grip of the Communist Party – as mutual distrust grows?
Global Features
PHOTOThe European Commission says it can exclude Chinese participation in Horizon Europe and other sensitive research projects using new powers to exclude third countries that do not share ‘EU values’ and is negotiating to ensure science cooperation with China is ‘as open as possible, as closed as necessary’.
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