Also: Nigeria grants licences to more private providers
27 May 2021  Issue No: 315
Africa Top Stories
PHOTONorth African countries, led by Egypt, are progressively increasing their footprint in the global production of peer-reviewed and high-impact science articles that are listed in the Web of Science, a platform that provides a wide range of multiple journal databases from different academic fields. Research output focuses mainly on public health, agriculture and veterinary sciences.
The vice-chancellors of 130 African universities are pledging to mobilise resources for continental initiatives that would support human capital development as well as increase Africa’s capability in research, innovation and entrepreneurship with the aim of bettering agricultural productivity. They also want universities to make agriculture more attractive to young people, who want to get involved in food systems but do not know how to do it.
Nigeria’s National Universities Commission has moved ahead with a major expansion of the private higher education sector in Africa’s most populous country, granting provisional licences to 20 new private universities. The approval brings the number of private universities in Nigeria to 99, increasing the country’s overall university tally to 197, and aims to ease the increasing demand from qualified applicants for places.
Africa News
PHOTOThe 2020 Technical and Vocational Education and Training or TVET Strategy and Policy issued by the ministry of science and higher education in Ethiopia calls for improvements in the system, but these reforms have been part of policy directions dating back more than a decade. To effect change, a focus on implementation may be needed now.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOLecturers and educators must plan for technology integration as a vital educational tool, intended not only for knowledge acquisition but for productivity and critical thinking. Critical thinking skills, recognised as a major skill for job placement in Africa and across the globe, can be developed through a plethora of digital communication and collaboration tools and resources.
Africa Features
PHOTODr Aristide Gumyusenge grew up in a rural area in Rwanda and attended modest education institutions with little hope, at the time, of becoming a professor – let alone at a renowned higher learning institution like the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He learned about his appointment as a professor at MIT in the department of materials science recently.
Global Commentary
PHOTOIt may feel like commodification, but price, ranking and international student employability are likely to become the key measures of a university’s value proposition when most institutions are obliged to engage with aggregator sites. So why is so little attention paid to employability metrics?
Global Features
PHOTOCountries around South and Southeast Asia seeing a new COVID-19 wave – the most serious outbreak to date in some countries – are looking to vaccinate students to keep universities functioning and are hoping to keep reliance on online-only courses to a minimum after over a year of disruption.
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