Also: Universities called upon to lead political engagement
30 September 2021  Issue No: 330
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOIt is lecturers who inspire students through their studies, encourage their thinking and intellectual development, and create spaces that enable them to participate and engage in their own learning. The challenge is, therefore, to find new ways to support university educators.
An innovative online network mentors, advises and assists African students, especially in Portuguese-speaking countries, and gives tips on how to get an internship, pursue further studies or decide whether entrepreneurship is an option, and, if so, helps launch their ideas as businesses.
Governments in Africa have been urged to depoliticise universities on the continent and set them free from financial starvation if they want them to become tools for development and take on leading roles in the implementation and aspirations of the African Union’s Agenda 2063.
Africa News
PHOTONine African universities have been placed in the top 500 institutions in the world for their work towards the production of graduates with the skills and knowledge required for the modern workplace, according to the latest edition of Quacquarelli Symonds or QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2022.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOUniversities must restore their legitimacy in society. If we want our institutions to stay relevant, to endure and sustain well into the future, they must transform and preoccupy themselves with improving the human condition.
Africa Student View
PHOTOThe COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on several dimensions of life across the whole world. This has presented various challenges to all sectors of the global economy, including education and business. Students are also feeling the effects.
Africa Features
PHOTODrug use among adolescents in Sub-Saharan Africa, including a considerable proportion of students at African higher education institutions, confirms the importance of an effective drug prevention policy to prevent further harm to mental health and academic performance.
Fall 2021 AAP Dialogue Series
PHOTOHigher education institutions are finding creative ways to build bridges to policy-makers, the private sector and local communities. As a result, African universities have begun to draft plans and set up structures to increase engagement with external stakeholders who can benefit from the research they conduct and who can, in turn, inform educational and research programmes. Some innovative strategies are emerging.
Global Commentary
PHOTOAmid growing demands for help from scholars facing displacement, the Institute of International Education is stepping up support for Afghan students and academics, but it needs more help.
World Blog
PHOTOEntrepreneurship education needs to be embedded in the Indian higher education curriculum so that young people can help create jobs that drive a more sustainable world. It is a powerful means of reducing poverty, stimulating infrastructural growth, boosting innovation and enhancing social and environmental sustainability.
Global Features
PHOTOTurkish academics have been arrested, detained, dismissed, imprisoned and tortured and Turkey’s president has seized total control of rector appointments as part of an existential battle to reshape the Turkish state – but at the cost of dismantling the freedom to think, question and share ideas.
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