Also: Academics at forefront of protests in Sudan, Tunisia
18 November 2021  Issue No: 337
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOThe significance of scholars and intellectuals to support democratic institutions in African societies and “speak truth to power” – as enabled by academic freedom – has been reiterated in a study at a time when democracy has been under attack in several countries on the continent.
Amid growing political turmoil, Tunisia’s higher education system is split over whether to support the country’s president, Kais Saied, who now rules by presidential decree without a suspended parliament while the earlier majority support for his summer takeover has dwindled.
Sudanese universities have taken a leading role in protests against the 25 October military coup and in demanding a return to civilian rule and the democratic path. Ten presidents of the councils of public Sudanese universities have voiced their dissent in a statement.
Africa News
PHOTO“Education benefits when people with diverse backgrounds and different personal experiences are drawn into the conversation.” That’s the premise posited for what has been described as an “audacious educational experiment” to be offered by Massachusetts Institute of Technology anthropology Professor M Amah Edoh.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOThe World Health Organization and the COVID Vaccines Global Access or COVAX initiative announced in mid-2021 that they were working with a consortium to establish the first COVID messenger RNA vaccine technology transfer hub on the African continent, in South Africa.
Africa Student View
PHOTOThe East African Community, through its project Digital Skills for an Innovative East African Industry, has launched an online skills matchmaking platform for young people in the East African countries Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda. It will link graduates with work and study opportunities.
Africa Features
PHOTOHighly unequal societies are less effective at reducing poverty than those with low levels of inequality. They grow more slowly and struggle to sustain economic growth. Mount Kenya University has tackled these challenges on several fronts through a sustainable development hub that has been recognised internationally.
Global Commentary
PHOTOThe recent 2021 Common Statement in Support of International Education and Mobility by nine European and North American countries is that of a Western, physical mobility-focused approach to international education that may have been relevant in the past but is much less so for the present and future.
World Blog
PHOTOHigher education leaders face many challenges and good leadership can depend on context. Inspiring leaders may have high standards, a strong vision, and be creative, smart, honest and tough but fair. What is also important is for leaders to stay connected and to plan carefully for their successors – something that definitely needs more attention within the sector.
Global Features
PHOTOA global climate deal was agreed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference, COP26, on Saturday. But crucially, it watered down draft commitments to phase out coal, leaving the United Nations secretary general and scientists warning that “we are still knocking on the door of climate catastrophe”.
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