Also: How transdisciplinary entrepreneurial ecosystems can support the SDGs
5 October 2023  Issue No: 423
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOAs the fighting of the Sudanese Armed Forces and paramilitary Rapid Support Forces enters its sixth month, the Sudanese National Academy of Sciences has appealed to national, regional and international academic institutions to help university staff and students who have been displaced in the country’s armed conflict.
Chicago State University in the United States on 2 October released information related to the qualification of Nigerian President Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Tinubu’s academic record forms part of an ongoing challenge to undo the outcome of his election as president in February.
Sub-Saharan university students were part of mass border expulsions by Tunisian security forces earlier this year. In the meantime, universities within the North African country have been noticing a marked decline in black African students registering as a result of waves of racial violence since then.
Africa News
PHOTOThe need to strengthen the capacity of leaders in higher education so that they can drive much-needed change in the sector was high on the agenda at a three-day workshop of Higher Education Reform Experts South Africa held in Johannesburg from 2-4 October.
PHOTOAs the global community races to meet the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, universities continue to play a leading role in upholding sustainability practices and policies through knowledge co-production, community engagement and research in many activities and operations.
Africa Commentary
PHOTOAcademics, professionals and business leaders commonly acknowledge that science, technology and innovation are the most influential forces behind economic growth in societies. How, then, should universities approach innovation, entrepreneurship, social development and educational reforms in the requisite transdisciplinary manner – and in support of the Sustainable Development Goals?
PHOTOMoroccan higher education institutions’ curricula and syllabi should teach students critical thinking and digital literacy skills to help them counter the challenges of misinformation and the spread of fake news, according to a study emanating from the challenges posed by social networking sites.
Africa Blog
PHOTOA volatile political landscape in South Africa is manifesting itself in campus politics where the leftist Economic Freedom Fighters’ student wing has been elected to represent students in governance structures on the teaching sites of several universities and technical and vocational education and training colleges.
Africa Features
PHOTOReforms instituted in Zimbabwe’s public higher education sector in the past five years have contributed to commercial ventures cutting across 16 sectors, including the establishment of 100 student-run start-ups. How do these activities align with the role of universities in society?
Top Africa Stories from Last Week
PHOTOStudents in Burkina Faso and Niger blocked from studying in France through that country’s withdrawal of visa facilities are being urged to consider alternative higher education options for 2024. As diplomatic relations continue to deteriorate, time is running out for prospective international students.
Global Commentary
PHOTOPoliticisation of universities is not new, but it is moving rapidly from the margins to the centre of global higher education and is undermining core values of academia in the process. So far, with few exceptions, opposition has been weak or non-existent.
World Blog
PHOTOWhile there is no expectation that American higher education institutions should automatically forgive what is owed to them by students who have dropped out, better attention and care should be given to the financial upheaval created for specific populations in recovering lost revenue.
Global Features
PHOTOConfirmation that acclaimed Uyghur ethnography professor Rahile Dawut, who founded a Uyghur folklore institute at China’s Xinjiang University and is known for her international collaborations, has been sentenced to life imprisonment by authorities in Xinjiang province has sent shock waves around the world.
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