Uganda and Sweden sign US$32 million pact to spur R&D

By Pauline Okoth [KAMPALA] Uganda and Sweden have signed a US$32 million research collaboration agreement to increase the capacity of Ugandan public universities to generate knowledge and promote research uptake for national and regional development. The research collaboration signed last month (3 November) to run for five years will involve five universities in Uganda and …

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Free university education is not the route to social justice

George Hull, University of Cape Town “Free education in our lifetime” is the campaign slogan many students have adopted in the recent protests across South Africa against university fee increases. The country’s higher education minister is among those who have replied that, although free education for all university students would be the ideal, it is …

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African academics caught in the predatory journal trap

Adele Thomas, University of Johannesburg Academic journal articles are the lifeblood of many researchers. These articles bring exposure, prestige, and money for individual academics and their institutions. In South Africa, the Department of Higher Education and Training paid almost R3 billion in remittances to universities in the 2014/15 financial year. This was for conference proceedings, …

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University autonomy: insights from Tanzania, Uganda and Nigeria

Nimi Hoffmann, Rhodes University; Sioux McKenna, Rhodes University, and Temwa Moyo, Rhodes University A new piece of draft legislation could give South Africa’s higher education minister increased power over the country’s universities. The minister will be allowed to “determine transformation goals for the higher education system and institute appropriate oversight mechanisms”. Transformation in the South …

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Ghanaian academic returns to fill research gaps

By Jon Spaull   African academics living abroad are a rich source of expertise for the continent’s universities to tap into. In this film we meet Fred Boadu, who left Ghana to pursue an engineering career in the United States more than 20 years ago. He is now a professor at Duke University, one of …

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