Award encourages African academics to lead

29 AUGUST 2019 | STORY NOBHONGO GXOLO. PHOTOS SUPPLIED. Read time 8 min. Dr Ursula Rohlwink: “If we can understand the injured brain better . . . we can have a significantly positive impact on society.” The Crick African Network (CAN), a programme of the Francis Crick Institute in the United Kingdom and five partner institutes in Africa, has named the recipients of seven new African Career Accelerator (ACA) awards, with two University of Cape Town (UCT) scientists included among the fellows. They are doctors Ursula Rohlwink and Suraj Parihar. The Crick, as it is affectionately known, is dedicated to…continue reading →

Is Africa the future for recruiting international students?

Marguerite Dennis In June Akinwumi Adesina, president of the African Development Bank, delivered a statement at a meeting in Equatorial Guinea. He said: “Together and united, Africa will be unstoppable.” New African’s editor Baffour Ankomah recently wrote: “Africa’s vast oil and mineral reserves will prove to be a conduit for investments in infrastructure, improved healthcare and educational opportunities.” The statistics seem to back such statements up. In 2018, six of the 10 fastest growing economies worldwide were in Africa. Africa has the fastest-growing middle class in the world. Despite recent revised forecasts, the African economy is predicted to grow at…continue reading →

RUFORUM 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) To be held at University of Cape Coast – Ghana 2019

About the RUFORUM AGM 2019 After 15 years of RUFORUM’s existence, 15th AGM is coming to Ghana, which has been one of strong member countries in West Africa and is therefore a special convening for RUFORUM to showcase the renewed commitment to strengthening higher agricultural education in Africa. The 2019 AGM will also provide opportunity for mobilizing wider participation of West African Universities in several opportunities of the network including the endorsement of the RUFORUM Charter and the World Bank’s initiative on Strengthening Higher Agricultural Education in Africa (SHAEA) in which Ghana is…continue reading →

Toxic politics push ‘welfare’ universities to the brink

Mark Paterson Political parties should be banned from university campuses in South Africa, according to a number of leading academics and senior administrators, including vice-chancellors who attended a recent academic round-table discussion on the book Rebels and Rage: Reflecting on #FeesMustFall by University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) Vice-Chancellor Professor Adam Habib. “The protest movement is run by self-appointed commissars. In South Africa and across the continent, many aspiring student leaders seeking election to student representative councils (SRCs) have been sponsored in cash and in kind by political parties. So, they are more loyal to their…continue reading →

Gender over Race? Equity and inclusion in higher education

While universities are focusing on addressing gender inequality, Kalwant Bhopal and Holly Hendersonfind that there is little imperative to also address race and racism in the academy. They summarise the findings of a new study on the experiences of higher education staff working towards the Athena SWAN Charter and the Race Equality Charter. This post originally appeared on the LSE British Politics and Policy Blog Current scholarship on race in the UK academy consistently highlights the pervasiveness of institutional racism, despite the presence of equality and diversity policies and the 2010 Equalities Act. Institutional racism works in overt and…continue reading →

Africa Diaspora Academic Network (ADAN-UK) Annual Meeting

Date: Monday 1st July 2019 Theme: Agenda 2063 and Sustainable Development Goals in Africa:  Priorities, Strategies, and Challenges Venue:     Room GR170, Greenbank Building, Victoria Street, University of Central Lancashire, Preston, PR1 2HE As the meeting centres on the Impact Agenda, we aim to: exchange experience on capturing impact across disciplines;discuss the contexts of measuring and reporting impact in the African setting; contribute to the policy discourse on research impact in Africa; anddevelop research ideas and projects for further funding. Attendance is free! Kindly confirm your participation with us by registering at ADAN-UK is…continue reading →

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora 10th Biennial Conference

Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora 10th Biennial Conference - ICOM UK Curated by Dana Andrew on May 6, 2019 Association for the Study of the Worldwide African Diaspora 10th Biennial Conference The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia Remembrance, Renaissance, Revolution: The Meaning of Freedom in the African World Over Time and Space November 5-9, 2019 Click HERE for more information. The year 2019 marks the four hundredth anniversary of the origins of slavery in what became the United States with the arrival of approximately twenty Africans in modern-day Jamestown, Virginia…continue reading →

African research in danger due to low prioritisation

By Alex Abutu [ABUJA, NIGERIA] The future of research in Africa is in jeopardy unless adequate management of national scientific research systems is done, a meeting has heard. Experts at the meeting said that inadequate management of national scientific research systems is frustrating researchers in Africa and other developing countries. Top researchers from developed and developing countries at a meeting held by the International Council for Science held in Nigeria last month (7-8 March) noted that the limited availability of research positions, the lack of adequate research laboratories and high-performance technical platforms are…continue reading →

Power imbalances ‘still harming North-South alliances’

By Jan Piotrowski Researchers from developing countries still exert far too little influence in North-South collaborations, which leads to projects pursuing Western goals and values, and undermines scientific capacity building in the global South, a study has found. Project agendas are routinely set by Northern agencies and institutions, leaving partners from low-income countries on the fringes during the planning, implementation and publication of research, according to the study presented at the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) conference last week (23-26 June), in Bonn, Germany. This disenfranchises Southern researchers, says…continue reading →