COVID-19 has affected all our working practice since March this year. As we all take a look at ways in which we can move forward it is interesting to see the strategies which are being put in place across the world as well as the pitfalls some of us face.
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1 October 2020 Issue No: 285
Josephine Larbi-ApauThe shift, amid COVID-19, to engaging students through social networks speaks volumes to the call for transformation in pedagogy and learning practices but are we doing the right thing by adopting social networks in lieu of course or learning management systems?
Cornia PretoriusInternational students can now join the nearly 245,650 or 40% of South African contact students who have already obtained permits to return to their university campuses.
Wondwosen TamratSteps taken towards the establishment of a differentiated higher education system in Ethiopia should be seen as a major achievement. However, the successful implementation of such a system requires much more than merely identifying institutions in terms of new institutional categories.
Maina WaruruUniversities have been challenged to be more responsive to the diverse needs of students, adapt their teaching methods and sharpen their research focus to contribute to the solving of global problems.
Philip G Altbach and Pankaj JaloteIndia has the talent necessary to develop world-class research universities and there are some promising initiatives from the government. The challenge is not a lack of ideas, it is the absence of sustained support and effective implementation, and in India these are formidable obstacles.
Nic MitchellEuropean Commissioner Mariya Gabriel has announced a sweeping range of initiatives designed to ensure that higher education and research play a central role in the European Union’s recovery plans from COVID-19. But politicians fear European budget cuts could derail plans to strengthen research.
Nic MitchellEducation needs to end the “corrosive culture” of vast student debt and stop servicing league tables and competitive metrics which force universities and staff to compete rather than collaborate, according to Professor Jo Littler of City, University of London in the Worldviews 2020 lecture.
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