Also: Academic guilt: Working from home made women feel worse than ever
14 October 2021  Issue No: 332
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOUniversities currently negotiate a marked tension between market orientation and addressing community needs. But there is growing concern that, if universities do not work for the benefit of society or in response to community needs, the inequities that plague the current generation will be more readily reproduced in the next.
We need to think more deeply about the long-term implications of international strategies that take students away from developing countries. This could leave humanity ill equipped to fight global challenges on the ground.
A survey of 2,000 academic women from 26 public universities in South Africa about their experiences and feelings of academic guilt during the COVID-19 pandemic revealed that the escalating volume of academic work, including teaching, research, administration and student support, alongside increasing domestic commitments, placed women in situations they described as “overwhelming” and “unbearable”.
Africa News
PHOTOUniversities are the single most influential institutions in societies all over the world. But as such they also have the potential to perpetuate inequalities and social injustice, Ira Harkavay of the University of Pennsylvania told the second Universities South Africa national higher education conference.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOA recent Constitutional Court decision on the use of Afrikaans in a South African university raises questions about what and who the language represents and about language policies in universities in a multilingual society where English dominates.
Africa Student View
PHOTOEgerton University in Kenya has played a vital role in my entrepreneurship journey. A business plan competition set the process in motion and the execution of the plan was made possible through training in financial management, human resource management, digital marketing and business planning and pitching, among others.
Africa Features
PHOTOZimbabwean scientist and researcher Prince Matova often received prizes for science in high school but, more than two decades later, he has landed a prestigious international award: the Young Scientist Award 2021, in recognition of his work in the mutation breeding of cowpea and maize over the past 10 years.
Global Commentary
PHOTOThe human right to quality education for all is vital and must be ensured, whether under conditions we may naively have considered normal or under emergency circumstances. But to understand what kind of education we need and what quality means, we first need to ask what kind of society we want.
World Blog
PHOTOHigher education needs to take bullying and harassment more seriously. Universities must stop enabling leaders to get away with atrocious behaviour that perpetuates a bullying culture, and must tackle workplace environments that provide fertile ground for harassment to flourish.
Civic Engagement
PHOTOStructures that keep teaching and learning as discreet acts, themselves divided from research and from ‘social impact’ beyond academic walls, mean little to the young generation of scholars who attended last week’s conference of the Talloires Network of Engaged Universities, a global coalition of 417 universities in 79 countries. The students’ motto is “integrate, integrate, integrate” and their call is for universities and the academy to push beyond traditional silos.
Global Features
PHOTOThe Singapore parliament this week passed legislation to counter foreign interference that could threaten its national security and sovereignty, amid growing concerns globally about the use of digital tools and campaigns by foreigners to advance their national interests abroad. But critics said the law could impact on free speech and academic freedom and academics are calling for more safeguards for free and open inquiry and research.
World Round-up
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