Also: Special report on the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative
27 July 2023  Issue No: 413
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOThe visa applications of more than half of African students who applied to study at universities and colleges in the United States failed during 2015 to 2022 – and the rate is climbing, says a new study, which also revealed that the US is becoming less welcoming to foreign students in general.
The implementation of the recently approved third phase of the Harmonisation of African Higher Education Quality Assurance and Accreditation, or HAQAA3, initiative has started, following a meeting of the strategic partners to drive the five-year project. Among other goals, it envisages the establishment of a Pan-African quality assurance agency.
Higher education institutions harmed by a five-year-long Islamist insurgency in Mozambique’s northern Muslim-majority Cabo Delgado province are reluctant to restart operations, despite security guarantees from the Mozambican military and their allied forces from Rwanda and the Southern African Development Community.
Africa News
PHOTONational and international academics have warned Guinea-Bissau that the expansion of its higher education must not sacrifice quality and relevance, so that academics and students are better able to meet the needs of one of the world’s poorest and most fragile countries. Its new government has food for thought.
HE and Agenda 2030
PHOTOUniversity World News reports on the Higher Education Sustainability Initiative or HESI Global Forum – which highlights the critical role higher education plays in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs – last week and the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, which is reviewing progress towards the SDGs half-way to 2030.
PHOTOThe death of Dr Anshu Padayachee, the CEO of the Technological Higher Education Network South Africa, has deprived the tertiary education landscape of an outspoken teacher, researcher and administrator, someone who would not hesitate to phone any government minister in South Africa to put things right.
Climate Change
PHOTOThe establishment of the Mandela Institute for Sustainable Futures by Nelson Mandela University in South Africa is set to contribute towards building a strong pipeline of early-career researchers, critical in providing transformative interventions to the wave of planetary health challenges in South Africa and across the African region.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOSouth Africa’s Nelson Mandela University or NMU launched a Giving Campaign on 3 July to commemorate the birth of the late president Nelson Mandela on 18 July. It is an integral part of NMU’s commitment to be an engaged university that pursues a sustainable, just society, writes Deputy Vice-Chancellor André Keet.
PHOTODespite Africa’s contribution to the global Human Immunodeficiency Virus, or HIV, research output, which has increased over the past 35 years, only a modest improvement in scholarly work compared to the continent’s burden of infection has been seen, a new study has found.
Academic Publishing
PHOTOIncreasing investment in open-access publishing and seeking more opportunities for research collaboration are some of the things that could help academics who are working at institutions in Africa to get published more often, ultimately getting noticed and enabling career progression.
Top Africa Stories from Last Week
PHOTOProfessor Olusola Oyewole, secretary-general of the Association of African Universities, has called for impactful research that can tackle societal challenges and, looking ahead to the 22nd Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors and Presidents of African Universities from 4-7 July, said the Africa Charter for transformative research collaboration will be launched.
Global Commentary
PHOTOA national survey in the United Kingdom aimed at identifying reasons why university staff members are choosing to leave their jobs points, among other issues, to a work-based culture which permits and fails to address or sanction a prevalence of bullying, harassment, intimidation and discrimination.
World Blog
PHOTOIt is hard to find any winners in the United States Supreme Court’s decision to end affirmative action at universities, which, in addition to changing the face of higher education, is likely to herald significant repercussions for industry and society as a whole.
Global Features
PHOTOA prestigious German university has decided to suspend collaboration with students funded by the China Scholarship Council “to reduce the risk of industrial espionage”. It is the first university in Germany to openly break with the Chinese government scholarship scheme.
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