Also: Private HE sector should do more to better education quality
25 August 2022  Issue No: 371
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOThe governments of selected countries in Africa have been requested to provide information to Chinese authorities about international students who are enrolled in Chinese universities, signalling that China is finally prepared to welcome back students who left following the outbreak of COVID-19 in 2020 and have been unable to return.
The journey from school to well-paying jobs is full of challenges for most youths in 22 countries in Western and Central Africa. Tertiary education institutions have been slow to respond to the changing nature of work, according to the World Bank. Low investment, conflict and chronic economic fragility are barriers to job creation.
Mounting pressure for the decolonisation of higher education presents progressive opportunities for epistemic freedom and the emergence of universities that are authentic African universities, according to Sabelo Ndlovu-Gatsheni, the chair in epistemologies of the Global South at the University of Bayreuth, Germany.
Africa News
PHOTORwanda’s Higher Education Council has said that poor leadership and management of private universities affect the quality of their education and it wants more to be done to reverse the trend. This followed an inspection conducted by the council into the private higher education sector.
SDGs: Women and Water
PHOTOFor too long the African woman’s story on water has been a 20-litre bucket carried on the head, transported from a dirty well to the household. As water insecurity grows, women scientists have to change this, says Professor Lindiwe Sibanda of South Africa’s University of Pretoria.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOThere is no end in sight to the refugee crisis, nor to the income inequality that persistently separates some social classes and populations from employment opportunities and prosperity. While the challenges can appear overwhelming, edtech holds promise in continuing to offer innovative solutions.
Academic Publishing
PHOTOThe West continues to dominate published scholarship about Africa. The solution is more visible research from Africa. Wits University Press has long been part of this solution but, at last count, there were only 15 active presses across the continent and some appear to be dwindling.
Africa Student View
PHOTOForty university students worked together during two simultaneous workshops on mobile apps that will be used as tools to access information about topics such as sexual and reproductive health, mental health and career guidance. The apps are called ‘Future +’ in Zimbabwe and ‘Ownu’ in Zambia.
Africa Features
PHOTOExperts in education have called on all universities in Rwanda to use English only as the language of instruction to help students to be more proficient when they graduate, function optimally in their workplaces and network internationally if necessary. English was adopted as the medium of teaching and learning in 2008.
Top Africa Stories from Last Week
PHOTOAnger is growing over the prolonged university lecturers’ strike in Nigeria and the government’s response to it. Some stakeholders believe that if public officials are banned from sending their children to foreign institutions, or these movements are regulated, politicians’ attention will be redirected to the crisis in public institutions.
Global Commentary
PHOTOA comparison between the United States and Canada, two Western countries experiencing shifting discourses on international education as a result of political discord with China, provides a deeper analysis of how different governments engage in international education in the context of the new geopolitics.
World Blog
PHOTOOver the past 40 years, there has been a student amnesty law enacted before every election. In addition to showing the political importance of the student demographic, the law is an implicit admission of the inequalities that characterise the current higher education system.
Global Features
PHOTONew research that identifies four key reasons behind anti-science attitudes suggests that improving scientific literacy, the default solution for combating scepticism towards science, will only go so far towards solving the problem and a far more informed range of strategies may be needed.
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