09 février 2018

Cholera risk keeps two universities shut

By Kudzai Mashininga. Following a cholera outbreak last year which forced the closure of universities and other institutions of higher learning, the Zambian government announced earlier this month that all universities – except two – could reopen on 22 January, subject to clearance from the relevant local authorities and health departments. More...

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US$200 million sought for university hostel expansion

By Gilbert Nganga. The Kenyan government has asked foreign and local private investors for more than US$200 million to build hostels at three public universities this year. More...

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Government sees need to bring back library science degree

By Rodrigue Rwirahira. The imminent loss of important public documents due to poor archiving and inadequate library services has prompted the Rwandan government to facilitate the reintroduction of a library science degree programme which was scrapped five years ago. More...

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Furore as government stops popular STEM programme

By Tonderayi Mukeredzi. Government has binned the science, technology, engineering and mathematics or STEM advanced-level scholarships geared towards final-year school pupils, saying the money will be channelled towards university students. In addition, it has done away with mathematics as a requirement for higher education students to enrol in study programmes that do not require mathematical calculations. More...

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University fails over 1,200 students after exam walkout

By Ashraf Khaled. Egypt’s state-run Mansoura University has announced the mass failure of over a thousand medical students after they staged a walkout from the examination hall in protest against what they said were overly-tough questions contained in a surgery paper. More...

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Business schools have lost sight of their original purpose – to serve society

By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. In Commentary, Robert Quartly-Janeiro says business schools have lost the plot – they are being challenged by the crisis of globalisation and they need to get back to developing business leaders who can serve society rather than growing rich from it. Rosemary Salomone writes that a recent court judgment in Italy against the teaching of graduate programmes in English provides a framework for questioning the use of English as a vehicle for ‘internationalising’ universities, with wider implications across Europe. And as Vladimir Putin runs for re-election as Russian president, Ararat Osipian asks why so few students are involved in political protests in Russia.
   Also in Commentary, Eric Fredua-Kwarteng and Samuel Ofosu contend that the ‘developmental university’ is a better model for the African continent than the ‘Africanised university’, whose proponents are over-consumed with the politics of decolonisation as if that is the only developmental challenge facing the continent. Allan E Goodman says that how we respond to the present global education imperatives will shape our future, so we should guard against dynamics that close our doors and our minds and embrace an international approach.
   In our World Blog, Patrick Blessinger and Mandla Makhanya examine the concept of higher education as a common good, whereby universities fulfil their missions by serving the contemporary needs of their constituents and addressing a range of social needs.
   In Features, Tunde Fatunde reports that irregular payment of public university lecturers’ salaries in Nigeria is causing personal hardship, with fatal consequences when staff are unable to afford adequate food and proper medical care.
   In a Special Report covering the annual conference of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and the CHEA International Quality Group in Washington DC, Mary Beth Marklein reports that Republicans in the US are proposing a comprehensive rewrite of the higher education law, to which Democrats are vehemently opposed. Marklein also reports from the conference that the higher education accreditation sector is facing pressure to reform to stem waning public confidence in the value of US degrees. More...

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Renewing the dialogue about how higher education can foster socially-just change

By Brendan O’Malley – Managing Editor. Revisiting our series on Transformative Leadership published by University World News in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, Carolyn Muriel Shields reflects on how to move the dialogue forward, arguing that it is time to end the rankings and the competition to be ‘best in the world’ and focus instead on how we can help to create ‘the best world’ in which we can live together in mutual benefit. Susan V Berrresford argues that the world needs fellowship programmes that build on the talent and determination of local leaders from marginalised communities to help create a fresh pipeline of leaders to strengthen work on inequality and exclusion.
   In Commentary, Damtew Teferra says African academics and intellectuals on the continent and in the diaspora must play a role in countering the prejudice and misinformation about Africa on the part of leaders such as United States President Donald Trump. Robert A Scott contends that governing boards need to have a better understanding of how universities operate and should be “mission-based and market sensitive”. Colleen Howell outlines a new research project being undertaken across four African countries to explore how key tertiary education players understand higher education and the public good within their national and regional contexts. And Marijke Wahlers discusses higher education internationalisation in Germany, a country that has set itself apart from the mainstream of recruiting international students to cover deficits in university budgets.
   In Student View, Mona Jebril, a student from Gaza who gained a masters at Oxford and a PhD at Cambridge, says if universities want to be truly international, they need to think carefully about how they support international students from conflict zones.
   In our World Blog, Emmanuelle Fick and Grace Karram Stephenson discuss how Canada’s recent Ontario college strike called attention to the issue of precarious employment in higher education, with an impressive feature of the strike being that full-time and contract faculty stood united.
   Reporting back on last Wednesday’s webinar on the megatrends shaping the future of global higher education that was hosted by StudyPortals, Nic Mitchell writes that a poll taken during the webinar showed that most participants agreed that universities face transformative changes over the next decade but few believed universities were prepared for the sea change ahead.
   In Features this week, Ararat L Osipian contends that Ukraine’s universities have closed their doors and sent students on extended holidays until spring because of a lack of money to pay heating bills. More...

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In search of new measures of universities’ contribution to society

By Sharon Dell – Acting Africa Editor. In Africa Analysis, Colleen Howell outlines a new research project being undertaken across four African countries to explore how key tertiary education players understand higher education and the public good within their national and regional contexts, and Damtew Teferra says African academics and intellectuals on the continent and in the diaspora must play a role in countering the prejudice and misinformation about Africa on the part of leaders such as United States President Donald Trump. Martin Oosthuizen, who takes the helm this year at the Southern African Regional Universities Association, writes about the association’s plans for the next four years.
   As part of the global Transformative Leadership series, Fatumah Birungi writes about her transformative experience at Costa Rica’s EARTH University and the benefits she and her community back in Uganda have seen as a result.
   In Africa News, Ashraf Khaled reports from Egypt on a university that failed over a thousand medical students after they staged a mass walkout from an examination on surgery, and Tonderayi Mukeredzi canvasses opinion on the Zimbabwean government’s decision to halt a popular STEM scholarship scheme aimed at encouraging more students to take science subjects at tertiary institutions, and to scrap mathematics as an entry requirement for certain higher education courses.
   In Africa Features, Stephen Coan highlights the discussion at the recent annual Decoloniality Summer School held by the University of South Africa. More...

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Plan Etudiants : labellisation des parcours de réussite

Le Plan Etudiants, présenté en octobre 2017, repose sur trois objectifs : mettre fin à l’injustice du tirage au sort lors de l’admission post-bac, encourager la personnalisation des cursus pour endiguer le taux de 60% d’échec en licence, et investir massivement dans la vie étudiante pour créer les conditions d’une réussite juste socialement. Plus...

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Premières assises de la Jeunesse : les Actes

Logo de l'Agence Régionale de la Formation tout au long de la vie (ARFTLV Poitou-charentes)

Les premières Assises de la jeunesse à Poitiers ont eu lieu le 13 novembre 2017.
Les experts présents ont pu dépeindre un portrait de la jeunesse en Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Dans une population totale de 5,9 millions d’habitants, on compte 947 000 jeunes de 15 à 29 ans (16% de la population de Nouvelle-Aquitaine contre 18 % au niveau national). Selon cet indicateur, la Nouvelle-Aquitaine est la région la plus âgée de France après la Corse. Avec 90 000 jeunes très peu diplômés, soit 18 % des 15-29 ans hors des études, la situation semble relativement favorable en Nouvelle-Aquitaine en comparaison régionale.
Consulter les Actes de la première rencontre. Plus...

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