Also: Horizon Europe: South Africa looks back and looks forward
9 March 2023  Issue No: 396
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOStudents from Sub-Saharan African countries may abandon their studies in Tunisian universities and colleges in the wake of the mass arrests of compatriots, xenophobic attacks and racial violence. Some embassies have asked their citizens to stay home. Others have started repatriation efforts.
Campus protests should be recognised as a critical method for “seizing, disrupting, subverting and transforming the space and imagination of the university and society, which it has historically been and continues to be”, the authors of a study interrogating campus protests over two decades in Africa have said.
Nigeria’s presidential election in which a former two-term governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Tinubu, emerged as the president-elect, may have been one of the most competitive political battles in the country’s history – and one in which the youth, including students, made their voices heard.
Africa News
PHOTOIn a country where about 20% of female students have experienced gender-based violence, access to support services after trauma is paramount to help them complete their studies. This is why South Africa’s Nelson Mandela University has launched a chapter of the Alumni-in-Action initiative, first started at the University of Cape Town.
Teaching and Learning
PHOTOIn the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, which brought greater awareness of the benefits of blended tuition in Africa and beyond, the focus is turning away from the technical stability of learning management systems to concerns about how to support people to get the most out of these edtech platforms.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOSouth Africa has announced 17 National Contact Points for the various funding pillars of Horizon Europe, the European Union’s flagship multilateral research programme, the biggest of its kind in the world. The NCPs will support researchers with the expertise to place their scholarship in the international domain.
Academic Publishing
PHOTOStakeholders, including academics, researchers and policy-makers in Tanzania, intend to adopt open science and present the plan to the government and implementation partners for funding. However, the decision to make research more accessible means they also have to deal with several challenges.
Africa Blog
PHOTOA key feature of the academe is the sophistication of its discourse, often marked by coded language, pompous jargon and the use of rituals to remain exclusive. The pressure to ‘publish or perish’ reduces researchers to matrices, resulting in an academe that is detached from the community and reclusive scholars who rehash existing work instead of practically contributing.
Africa Features
PHOTOThe introduction of a carbon footprint score defined by the transparency of a university in its reporting would enable universities to compete with each other not only in respect of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, but by increasing the transparency and availability of data.
Top Africa Stories from Last Week
PHOTOStudents from Sub-Saharan Africa are being recruited in their numbers and the competition for students is increasing, with indicators predicting that the region’s 430,000 outwardly mobile students will double by 2050. Nigerian students, the biggest group of international students, opt for the UK and US, while francophone students choose France.
Special Report Series: AI and Higher Education
PHOTOThis is part of a weekly University World News special report series on ‘AI and higher education’. The focus is on how universities are engaging with ChatGPT and other generative artificial intelligence tools. The articles from academics and our journalists around the world are exploring developments and university work in AI that have implications for higher education institutions and systems, students and staff, and teaching, learning and research.
Global Commentary
PHOTOAs university rankings and the dominance of the ‘world-class model’ begin to fade, the time is right for universities to explore other models that offer a holistic approach to their development and embrace a constant search for self-improvement and greater societal impact.
Global Features
PHOTOThe Global Convention on the Recognition of Qualifications concerning Higher Education will come into force on Sunday 5 March, becoming the first legally binding United Nations instrument on higher education, fostering international mobility and opening up increased opportunities for students and qualification holders worldwide.
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