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[Africa] Higher education holds keys to prosperity – Report

In the last two decades, African countries have made considerable progress in the face of global economic downturn. But future growth will depend on development of quality tertiary education, which also holds the continent’s hope for reducing population explosion, according to the African Economic Outlook 2015 published last week. (...) - University World News, by Wachira Kigotho, 29 May 2015 Issue No:369

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[Africa] Harmonisation of higher education speeds up

Delegates attending the African Higher Education Summit held in Dakar, Senegal, agreed to promote harmonisation of the continent’s higher education systems through accreditation and mutual recognition of degrees, diplomas and certificates. (...) - University World News, by

Wachira Kigotho, 20 March 2015 Issue No:359
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Research universities to shape Africa's future success

Research universities to shape Africa's future success | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Recognition that universities - and research universities in particular - are critical to development and to building knowledge economies will enable Africa to grow its prosperity for the next 50 years, African Union chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said last week. (...) - University World News, by Munyaradzi Makoni, 25 April 2014 Issue No:317

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La Banque mondiale va lancer 19 centres d’excellence universitaires en Afrique de l’Ouest et centrale

La Banque mondiale va lancer 19 centres d’excellence universitaires en Afrique de l’Ouest et centrale | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le conseil des administrateurs de la Banque mondiale vient d’approuver le financement de 19 centres d’excellence au sein d’universités situés dans sept pays d’Afrique de l’Ouest et d’Afrique centrale, pour une enveloppe de 150 millions de dollars.

Selon un communiqué de la Banque mondiale, les centres sélectionnés sur concours bénéficieront d’un financement visant à soutenir des filières d’enseignement spécialisées dans les domaines de la science, de la technologie, de l’ingénierie et des mathématiques, mais aussi de l’agriculture et de la santé. (...) - Agene Ecofin, 17/04/2014

 

 

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Africa: New EU partnership, and initiatives to boost research

The European Union and Africa have agreed to set up a long-term, jointly funded research and innovation partnership to promote food and nutrition security. Meanwhile, a new innovation centre in Ethiopia and a plant breeding academy in Kenya have been announced.

The new partnership was approved at a meeting in Brussels of the EU-Africa High Level Policy Dialogue on science, technology and innovation held on 29 November, according to a European Commission alert. (...) - University World News, by Wagdy Sawahel, 13 December 2013 Issue No:300

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Africa: Political boost for university and research initiatives

African leaders have supported higher education and research by adopting the statute for the Pan-African University, approving plans for a Tunisia-based African Union Institute for Statistics, and endorsing the creation of an African Observatory on Science, Technology and Innovation and a Pan-African Intellectual Property Organisation. (...) - University World News, by Wagdy Sawahel, 02 February 2013 Issue No:257

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African Higher Education Challenges: Economics and Research

Much of Africa is at the early stage of massification of higher education. Sub-Saharan Africa, with a few exceptions, enrolls under 10 percent of a rapidly growing age cohort. This means that in the coming decades Africa will expand enrollments rapidly. Massification is an “iron law” of 21st-century higher education everywhere, and it cannot be stopped. Countries must cater to increased demand for access. At the same time, the global knowledge economy demands at least some universities in each country that have research capacity and the ability to work with the top universities worldwide. (...) - Inside Higher Ed, By Philip G. Altbach, December 3, 2012

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Research institute to boost South Africa's mining sector

Research institute to boost South Africa's mining sector | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Reversing the decline in mining personnel and research lies at the heart of Wits University's new mining research institute.

 

In a move to halt the decline in human capital within its mining sector and to deepen mining research, South Africa has established the country's first institute dedicated exclusively to the industry. (...) - SciDev.Net, Munyaradzi Makoni, 6 novembre 2012

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Africa: RISE postgraduate training initiative looks to future

The Regional Initiative in Science and Education, or RISE, a programme aimed at boosting higher education in Africa in the sciences and engineering through postgraduate training, is likely to continue as the major donor has indicated the possibility of renewing its support that ends next year.

Prospects for the future of RISE, which is led by the Science Initiative Group at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, which initially consulted partners that include the Kenya-based African Academy of Sciences, loomed large at its annual meeting held in Tanzania last month. (...) - University World News, Munyaradzi Makoni, 4 November 2012

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African science initiative, RISE, likely to expand

African science initiative, RISE, likely to expand | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

An initiative to train science lecturers and boost collaboration among researchers at African universities is likely to be renewed and expanded next year.

The final installment of a US$5 million grant for the period 2011–2013 for the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE), launched in 2008, will be provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, United States, in March next year. (...)  - SciDev.Net

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Il faut soutenir la création d’universités d’excellence en Afrique

Il faut soutenir la création d’universités d’excellence en Afrique | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Pour Alain Patchong, enseignant à l’Ecole centrale Paris et fondateur de Touchdown Africa (projet de création d’une université d’excellence en Afrique centrale), il est urgent de créer des universités d’excellence sur le continent. (...) - Le Monde, par Alain Patchong, 07/05/2015

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[Africa] HE Summit to call for more graduates, PhDs and research

Expanding tertiary education enrolment and postgraduate training, and improving low graduation rates and conditions of service for academics, are among the priority issues to be debated at the major African Higher Education Summit being held in Senegal next month, says Dr Beatrice Njenga, head of education at the African Union Commission (...) - University World News, by Wachira Kigotho, 20 February 2015 Issue No:355

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Africa: Bank approves US$150 million for excellence centres

The World Bank's board of executive directors on 15 April approved US$150 million to fund 19 university-based centres of excellence in seven countries in West and Central Africa. The bulk of the funding will go to universities in Nigeria, which won 10 of the centres.

The centres will develop high-level training and research in science, technology, engineering and mathematics - STEM - disciplines, as well as in agriculture and health. (...) - University World News, by Munyaradzi Makoni, 17 April 2014 Issue No:316

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[Africa] The promise of open, distance and e-learning

[Africa] The promise of open, distance and e-learning | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Considering the promise of open, distance and e-learning – ODeL – in Africa, we need to take cognisance of the high expectations that post-secondary school education will solve many current societal crises, such as unemployment and gross inequalities.

Realising the potential of ODeL in Africa is, however, intimately connected to trends in the international higher education landscape and the causal power of social, political, economic, technological, environmental as well as policy (legal) structures.  (...) - University World News, by Paul Prinsloo, 14 March 2014 Issue No:311

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Brazil launches African higher education collaboration

Brazil has launched a major higher education cooperation programme with Portuguese-speaking Africa. Under the project, educators and researchers from 20 Brazilian centres of higher education will provide services in five African nations.

The Portuguese-speaking nations include Angola, Cape Verde, Equatorial Guinea, Mozambique and São Tomé and Principe. (...) -  - University World News, by Wagdy Sawahel, 15 June 2013 Issue No:276

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Global partnership launched to drive Africa’s agricultural research

Global partnership launched to drive Africa’s agricultural research | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

A collaboration between the African Union and CGIAR aims to align research priorities to create a food secure future for Africa.(...) - SciDev.Net, by George Achia, 29 janvier 2013

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Donors renew programme for African women researchers

Donors renew programme for African women researchers | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Women agricultural researchers in 11 Sub-Saharan countries will benefit from a second phase of the AWARD programme.

 

NAIROBI] Funders have renewed support for African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), a programme that helps women in Sub-Saharan countries to develop leadership and scientific skills. (...) - SciDev.Net, by Gilbert Nakweya, 12 novembre 2012

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Lack of science capacity 'threatens Africa's development'

Lack of science capacity 'threatens Africa's development' | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Africa's ability to sustain its development may be hampered by a lack of research capacity and human resources, a meeting has heard.

[LONDON] The "remarkable recent economic growth" in many African countries may be able to sustain science through domestic funding (rather than through external sources) — but a lack of scientists and research capacity is threatening to reel back that economic growth, a meeting has heard. (...) - SciDev.Net, Mićo Tatalović, 2 novembre 2012

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State-of-physics report to strengthen African development

State-of-physics report to strengthen African development | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
A proposed biennial report will identify key challenges, and pave the way for solutions, to improve physics for development in Africa.

 

[BRUSSELS] African physicists are to receive regular reports mapping the challenges they face in education and research, with the aim of addressing them and better harnessing the subject to achieve practical development goals, a conference has heard. (...) - by Mićo Tatalović, SciDev.Net, 12 octobre 2012

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