Universities need to work with tech companies

Martin Hall, University of Cape Town The world of higher and professional education is changing rapidly. Digitally-enabled learning, in all its forms, is here to stay. Over the last five years, massive open online courses (MOOCs) have enabled universities to share their expertise with millions across the world. This shows how rapidly developing digital technologies …

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Q&A: Young African talent will set science agenda

By Onche Odeh Leszek Borysiewicz, the vice-chancellor of the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom, has served as chief executive of the UK’s Medical Research Council and deputy director at Imperial College London. In this interview, the biomedical researcher tells SciDev.Net about how Africa needs to fuse local policies with global efforts on scientific collaboration. He …

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African universities need bankable ideas

By Beatrice Muganda African universities face huge, intersecting challenges. As a result, they are struggling to adapt. Firstly, enrolments are rising without universities increasing their capacities to deliver quality education aligned to the continent’s needs. Secondly, raising revenue through fees clearly isn’t the answer to funding shortfalls: the policy of co-financing education through tuition fees …

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Who is going to pay for higher education in Africa?

By Imogen Mathers The past 18 months have been turbulent for many universities across the African continent. From Cape Town to Ibadan to Nairobi, campuses have become sites of protest and debate about fees, equal access to education, the colonial character of curriculums, social inequality, and many other issues. Under the spotlight has been the …

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Want to do your PhD in Africa? Here’s what you need to know

Peter Ngure, African Population and Health Research Center A Doctor of Philosophy, which most people know as a PhD, is the highest academic accolade. It demands a substantial investment of time, equipment, meticulous supervision and conscientiousness. More and more students are registering for doctoral studies across Africa. They’re doing so in pursuit of higher qualifications …

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