13 January 2018 Issue No: 234

Africa Analysis

SOUTH AFRICA

Public financial management crisis – What role for universities?

PHOTOWhy have South African universities, whose leaders have a lot to say about transformation and curriculum change to address the demands of society, been so slow in recognising their role in building a capable South African state which requires appropriate financial management skills?

GHANA

No PhD, no tenure policy – Is it the best way forward?

The government of Ghana’s insistence on enforcing the doctoral degree as an entry qualification into academic jobs at universities ignores current realities and could possibly lead to further skills losses and compromises to quality. A more measured, longer-term approach is needed.

SOMALIA

Using digital libraries to overcome information famine

University students in the autonomous state of Puntland are lucky if they are able to spend an hour a week on a computer owing to inadequate internet and computer access. A new project involving the installation of digital libraries on university campuses is giving students access to multimedia documents that users can access instantly over local area networks at no cost

SOUTH AFRICA

Dismantling colonisation’s ‘pedagogy of big lies’

Africa News

ZIMBABWE

Government lifts moratorium on recruitment of academics

PHOTOZimbabwe's treasury has reversed its five-year-long freeze on the recruitment of university teaching staff, allowing universities to recruit about 350 lecturers to bolster capacity and improve service delivery in the country’s burgeoning higher education sector.

SUDAN

Academics freed as fresh anti-government protests planned

NIGERIA

Possible breakthrough in lecturers' strike deadlock

AFRICA

Science academy launches ‘good practice’ tool

EGYPT

University launches 'children's university' initiative

AFRICA-ZIMBABWE

HE institutions contribute to solar energy project

MAURITIUS

'Populist' free higher education could cause problems

COTE D'IVOIRE

Public students face extra fees in Côte d’Ivoire

Africa Features

NIGERIA

Mixed responses to jail term for ‘scapegoat’ professor

PHOTOAn effective two-year prison sentence recently slapped by a high court judge on a Nigerian professor accused of sexual harassment of a student has met with mixed reaction on Nigerian campuses.

AFRICA

Experts weigh in on higher education challenges

UGANDA

Makerere prepares for end of 20 years of Swedish support

World Blog

GLOBAL

Is internationalisation creating inequality in higher education?

PHOTOInternationalisation of higher education aims to raise the quality of higher education for all, but first results from the 5th Global Survey of the International Association of Universities suggest a worrying gap emerging between those higher education institutions that are increasing internationalisation and those that are not.

Global Features

UNITED STATES

Trump administration to unravel HE quality safeguards

PHOTOUnited States Education Secretary Betsy DeVos has detailed some of her ambitious plans for higher education in 2019, including reducing federal oversight of higher education accreditation, which critics say will invite low-quality higher education providers and predatory actors to take advantage of students.

UNITED KINGDOM

A time of haunting uncertainty for universities

AUSTRALIA

Universities to benefit if Labor returns to power

VIETNAM

University leaders to be given more autonomy in new law

Global Commentary

GLOBAL

Towards global recognition of refugees’ qualifications

PHOTOA European project has produced a toolkit for recognising the qualifications held by refugees, which could overcome a significant barrier to them being able to continue or access higher education or secure a job. Could it provide a model for addressing this issue globally?

PUERTO RICO

Where universities are victims of Trump’s colonialism

EUROPE

Fundraising can help universities engage with society

GLOBAL

Can widening access to university bring social change?

Transformative Leadership

LIBERIA

A student committed to empowering disabled youth

PHOTOUndergraduate student Emmanuel Gweamee, 24, has suffered from war, discrimination and disability growing up in Liberia. But after being trained in transformative leadership at a university in the United States, he is finding practical ways to empower excluded disabled young people back in his homeland.

World Round-up

CHINA

Economic woes shatter dreams of top graduate students

UNITED STATES

Scientists despair as government shutdown drags on

TURKEY

Academic’s murder sparks discussion on violence

INDIA

Outcry over citing of religious texts at science meeting

AUSTRALIA

Labor party criticises ‘dumbing down’ of teaching degrees

UNITED STATES

Conservatives call for their own safe academic space

SAUDI ARABIA

Kingdom raises number of Pakistan scholarships

CZECH REPUBLIC

Ministry cracks down on illegal foreign universities

ISRAEL

Lecturer threatened after reports say she rebuked student

ZAMBIA

Student grants extended to five more public universities

CHINA-UNITED STATES

University issues China travel warning to students

UNITED KINGDOM

Universities calm staff by halving pension plan deficit

JAPAN

Women's universities condemn magazine ‘sex listing’

SOUTH AFRICA

Leftist group threatens anarchy as universities reopen

VIETNAM

Concern over ineffective provincial universities

INDONESIA

How to shine in Indonesian science? Game the system

 

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