Also: Ubuntu can advance the global citizenship education paradigm
3 August 2023  Issue No: 414
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOWhile Darfuri academics are appealing for urgent humanitarian support for the trapped population in the capital of West Darfur state, El-Geneina, and for Sudanese refugees who fled to neighbouring Chad due to the terror in the region, a United Nations report of a mass grave in the area has emerged.
Students who want to enrol in postgraduate programmes when the new academic year starts in September 2023 have to sit for a university admission test administered by Addis Ababa University – Ethiopia’s premier university – before they will be allowed to register, the Ethiopian Ministry of Education has informed higher education institutions.
Nigeria’s President Bola Tinubu’s rush to implement economic reforms is impacting negatively on Nigerians studying abroad. Some students say they may not be able to continue their international education and the government's Tertiary Education Trust Fund, or TETFUND, is considering local alternatives to foreign scholarships.
Africa News
PHOTOKenya has unveiled a new portal to allow students to apply for scholarships, loans and bursaries under the new university funding system that kicks off next month. Students from public universities and technical and vocational education and training colleges must apply formally through the Higher Education Financing portal.
PHOTOCairo University has been championing sustainable transportation options and has been implementing programmes that promote sustainable resource management practices, reduce energy consumption, water usage, as well as waste on campus. It has also integrated sustainability into its educational and research plans.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOPedagogy premised on the notion of ubuntu broadens the narrow approach of global citizen education from that of mere employability in the global job market to education towards peace, through restorative justice, as a result of co-belonging to a community. It could also help to counter managerialism in Africa's higher education system.
PHOTODespite limited facilities, poor funding, non-payment of earned allowances, and a troubling shortage of faculty, several universities in Nigeria are increasing their efforts to produce an appreciable number of PhD graduates to meet societal needs through quality research and development.
Student View
PHOTOA range of factors influences African students to study abroad. However, the question of whether to return to their home countries after completing their studies, in most cases still remains to be answered. Some reasons are purely academic, others economic, and others political.
Africa Features
PHOTOThe African continent is home to four of the world’s oldest universities and also to some of the planet’s youngest, first-ever universities in a given country, with some established only about 10 years ago. The oldest institution that is still in operation, according to a new map, is based in Tunisia.
Top Africa Stories from Last Week
PHOTOHigher education authorities in Cameroon have suspended PhD admissions in all 11 state universities for the 2023-24 academic year. Professor Jacques Fame Ndongo, the minister of higher education, urged the rectors and vice-chancellors of these institutions to halt PhD admissions until new conditions laid down by the government have been met.
Global Commentary
PHOTOChina’s well-funded academic excellence initiatives have influenced the country’s premier universities and have stimulated them to embrace international norms and compete on the global stage. But there have also been concerns about the need for deep cultural changes to support innovation and sustainability.
World Blog
PHOTOFuture higher education systems around the world will need to proactively prepare for changes in demand as a result of variable demographic trends. This calls for a fresh approach that prioritises quality, relevance, equity and inclusion, supported of course by technological advancement.
Global Features
PHOTOThe Japanese government is extending funding to universities to reverse a decline in graduate rates in science fields and as part of its dual sustainable economic growth strategy of digitisation and sustainability. It is hoping to improve innovation in energy and food security.
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