Also: Paying for publications is at odds with knowledge creation
10 August 2023  Issue No: 415
Africa Top Stories
PHOTORussia’s plan to establish branch campuses of top Russian universities in Africa and increase the quotas for African students in Russian universities signals an interest in expanding Russian influence. However, there are concerns that Russian overtures may be driven largely by geopolitical interests.
Academics in both private and public higher education institutions in Cameroon have voiced the need for adequate infrastructure to enable them to do quality, cutting-edge research. This follows the government’s suspension of PhD admissions in state universities, a move geared at addressing serious quality concerns in PhD research.
The Sub-Saharan African region has the highest year-on-year average growth rate in the world in the number of people enrolling for professional certificate courses, a new study by a global trainer has found. Learners in the region sought courses in business skills, but more investments in technology and data science skills are urgent.
Africa News
PHOTOHigher education leaders in Niger have raised concerns about how the military coup on 26 July may harm an already fragile higher education system in this francophone Sahel country. Amid efforts to restore President Mohamed Bazoum to power, students and academics have warned of potential disorder in the country’s universities.
SDG 5: Gender Equality
PHOTOAn academic from the University of KwaZulu-Natal has become the first black woman in South Africa to obtain a full professorship in the discipline of town and regional planning. Perseverance and resilience have helped her to develop a deeper understanding of the significance of representation and equity in education, says Hangwelani Hope Magidimisha-Chipungu.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOThe role of higher education institutions in urban renewal – which has the potential to facilitate new approaches to a more sustainable future – is important because they are key actors in scientific discoveries, technological innovations and the nurturing of future leaders and knowledge workers.
PHOTOUniversities are “the architects of their own demise” when it comes to developing their academic talent because most do not make it an institutional priority, says Jonathan Jansen, distinguished professor of education at Stellenbosch University and president of the Academy of Science of South Africa.
Academic Publishing
PHOTOThe South African system of paying public universities for academic publications has arguably been highly successful in driving increases in knowledge production, but it also had the unintended consequence of positioning research in instrumentalist and performative ways, which are at odds with the ideals of knowledge creation.
Top Africa Stories from Last Week
PHOTOKenya has unveiled a new Higher Education Financing portal for students seeking scholarships, loans and bursaries under a new funding system that kicks off next month. Students from public universities and technical and vocational education and training colleges must apply through the portal.
Global Commentary
PHOTOThe picture of internationalisation in North America that emerges from the 6th IAU Global Survey is one in which internationalisation is still very much defined by an economic rationale in which talent attraction still plays an important role and competition dominates over collaboration.
World Blog
PHOTOIndia has emerged as the second largest education ecosystem in the world after China. The country’s ability to deliver good quality education at a reasonable cost puts it in a unique position to become a destination country for internationalisation in the near future.
Global Features
PHOTOAll students at India’s universities will have to study subjects such as environmental education, climate change and the national obligation to achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals from this year, under new guidelines issued by the country’s apex higher education body.
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