Also: Probe into South African academic’s use of the n-word concluded
6 May 2021  Issue No: 312
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOThe COVID-19 crisis in India has put the African higher education community in the country on high alert and has brought into sharp focus the response of Indian universities to protect their international students and lecturers.
Institutions of higher education worldwide are undergoing unprecedented change because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Universities and colleges have been forced to switch to online teaching and learning. Many were unprepared for this move to what is termed emergency remote teaching and learning.
The new South African director of the School of Oriental and African Studies or SOAS University of London who vocalised the n-word in a meeting with students has been cleared of racism, but independent investigators recommend that Adam Habib receive support on equality and diversity issues in higher education and that the school develop a policy over the use of the n-word.
Africa News
PHOTOAn overwhelming number of prospective international students from African countries find universities in the United Kingdom more appealing than before the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a massive online survey conducted early this year. Students are attracted by the availability of vaccines and by contact lessons, which, according to the survey, 71% of all respondents preferred to studying remotely.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOAs Rwandans remember the 100 days of the 1994 genocide, academics are reflecting on the role that their peers played in planning and fuelling the violence. But, more importantly, what universities and academics can do to teach a younger generation about history, ideology and discrimination. More research about the genocide is necessary as well as a social contract, in which higher education should participate.
Africa Features
PHOTOTshwane University of Technology’s first black female executive dean for the faculty of engineering and the built environment, Dr Mukondeleli Grace Kanakana-Katumba, intends to implement sweeping changes to position the faculty as South Africa’s leading school of engineering. Committed to youth empowerment, Kanakana-Katumba’s priorities for the next five years include a strong focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.
Global Commentary
PHOTORelations with China have become strained due to increasing worries about China’s actions with regard to human rights and academic freedom, but engagement and collaboration in the academic and scientific research spheres to as great an extent as possible remain in everyone’s interest.
World Blog
PHOTOUndervaluing doctoral education by restricting support for PhD students and programmes due to COVID-19 resource losses risks critical damage to higher education and human and economic development – and may shift global talent flows in the immediate future, and potentially in the long run.
Global Features
PHOTOUniversity and college leaders in the United States have welcomed President Joe Biden’s ‘bold’ proposal to provide two free years of community college education to all Americans and substantially increase grant support for disadvantaged students, “so that every student has the ability to obtain a degree or certificate”.
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