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Sunday, 26 March 2017
A Malaysian university sets up a branch campus in Sierra Leone
BY HANIS ZAINAL


Students performing during the launch of the Sierra Leone campus - Photo courtesy of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

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SIERRA Leone is a country of contrasts; along its coastline, one can see white, sandy beaches that go on and on; up on the hills, the view is dominated by green, lush forests, while the view of the centre of its capital, Freetown, is dominated by reddish-brown sand and dust.

If Sierra Leone is uttered in conversations these days, the words “ebola” and “civil war” will undoubtedly, more often than not, follow.

The country, which was involved in a devastating civil war from 1991 until 2002 that left over 50,000 dead. It was recently struck with a terrible Ebola outbreak that started from May 2014 and ended in March 2016, leaving 3,955 dead.

Due to the tragedies befalling the country in recent years, many then do not know that Sierra Leone was once an educational hub for West Africans eager to receive a Western-style education close to home.



The country, flanked by Guinea, Liberia and the Atlantic Ocean, attracted West Africans from its neighbouring countries to study at the country’s famed Fourah Bay College. (see map)



Founded in 1827, it is the oldest university in West Africa and the first to offer a Western-style education to its students.

It is this strong history in education that attracted Limkokwing University of Creative Technology founder and president Tan Sri Lim Kok Wing to venture into the country.

It is also this strong history in education that Lim wishes to resurrect with the opening of a Sierra Leone branch of the Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT).


Dr Koroma (left) posing with Lim at the launch of the campus in Freetown. - Photo courtesy of Limkokwing University of Creative Technology

Awarded the title of the National University of Transformation by Sierra Leone president Dr Ernest Bai Koroma at its launch on March 17, the Sierra Leone LUCT campus is set to change the landscape of education in the country.

The official opening of the university was attended by Dr Koroma, vice-president Victor Bockarie Foh, Education, Science and Technology Minister Minkailu Bah, other members of the country’s cabinet, and representatives of foreign embassies in the country.

Dr Koroma said in his speech at the launch that the opening of the local campus of the university marked the Sierra Leone government’s dedication to make education as a centrepiece for national transformation.

“This is a response from the government for a new demand of human capital in the field of digital technology.

It is a moment that underscores our vision to make education the centrepiece of national development,”he said.

He said that it was an honour for the country to have an international university in Sierra Leone.

The campus, which currently has 1,100 students, started its first academic year for 2016-2017 on July 6 last year.


Art by the students being displayed in one of the rooms at the campus.

It is also the the result of the first public-private partnership in the field of education between the government of Sierra Leone and a foreign organisation.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, in a message read out at the launch, congratulated Lim on the expansion of the university into Sierra Leone. He added that the opening of the local campus helped bring respect and recognition to Malaysia’s high standard of education globally.

The Sierra Leone LUCT campus, with its white walls and red roofs, stands apart from the other buildings nearby due to its relative newness.

In keeping with the style of the buildings in Freetown, a large yard stands between the two blocks of classes, where students can be seen chatting together in a group, enjoying the warm, sunny days the country has during its dry season.

The library, a large stand alone room at the end of the two blocks, houses a complete collection of reading materials the students need for their courses.

It has also been fitted with state-of-the-art computers, a rarity in the country whose infrastructure is still years behind Malaysia’s.

The computers, the books, and comfortable, air-conditioned room have made the library a draw to the students on campus.

In keeping with LUCT’s student-friendly philosophy, a counselling room is also provided within the campus.

The room is a cosy area decorated with the artwork of students.

An amphitheatre and a canteen complete the campus.

National university of transformation

Lim said the opening of a campus in Sierra Leone is a right step for the university and the country.

“As I spend more and more time in education, and as you travel the world and meet young people, you realise there is so much you can do for them.

“And Africa is where the most help is needed,” he said, adding that he first became familiar with the continent 22 years ago when he came to work with the late South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela.

“Usually we find ourselves in countries that are in need of a quick transformation.


The Sierra Leone campus is located in the hills overlooking Freetown.

“It’s important for us to be able to also contribute to the country’s development,” he added.

He said that when the Sierra Leone government invited him to open a campus there, his first task was to ensure that the university could work well with the government.

“You can see the rapport we have with the Sierra Leone government,” he said, adding that a good rapport meant a partnership is unlikely to fail.

“Four years ago we started work on the campus here, but then the Ebola outbreak happened and everyone (foreign investors) started to leave the country but we stayed to campaign against Ebola,” he added.

The government, he said, also gave the university the buildings to be used as a campus.

“It was actually a dilapidated building; an old building that was not in use anymore.

“We renovated it and put in the computers (in the library) and now this is the most high-tech campus in the whole of Sierra Leone,
” he added.

The fact that the campus is a result of the first public-private partnership between the government and a private organisation in the field of education showed the confidence the government of Sierra Leone has for Malaysian education and for a Malaysian university, he said.

The Sierra Leone campus, he added, is also the first branch of LUCT in West Africa.

The graduates of the Sierra Leone LUCT campus, he said, are expected to pave the way for a transformation in the country.

“Our students here will have the skills required to transform the industry they are in and the economy of the country. These are skills that are lacking here.

“The technology we have brought here is the latest technology in the world,” he said.

The students, said Lim, see the chance to study at LUCT as a new beginning for a brighter future.

“They don’t have much, so when they have an opportunity to study they are so happy and so proud,” he said, adding that the students have a large appetite for acquiring new knowledge.

He said the opening of the LUCT campus in Sierra Leone also ensured that the relationship between Sierra Leone and the Malaysian governments continue to thrive.

“Africa will be the next continent to grow after Asia, so this is also about building long-term partnerships with African countries,” he added.


The library houses a complete collection of reading materials and state-of-the-art computers.

The Ebola outbreak placed a pause on the opening of LUCT in the country, as the university originally planned to admit its first batch of students in July 2014.

Bah said that a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the government and the university was signed in 2013, but the Ebola outbreak prevented further progress on the university.

“Had it not been for the Ebola outbreak, this would have been the year we celebrated our first graduates,” he added.

Bah said that the opening of the campus in the country is a positive step for its development and in line with its aspiration to become a middle-income country by 2035.

“From what we have seen, the students have been studying for less than a year and they have already shown that they can be industrious,” he added.

“This is where LUCT comes in, to produce that kind of skills, to produce the kind of youths we need to carry that agenda forward,” he said.

LUCT, he said, is changing the landscape of education in the country by teaching courses and bringing in technology that other universities in the country were not providing.

The LUCT branch campus in Sierra Leone is offering diploma and undergraduate programmes.

LUCT regional vice-chancellor Prof Cedric Bell said the university is planning to provide accommodation for students on campus.

He said the Sierra Leone campus will eventually offer Masters programme.

On plans for the future, Lim said LUCT hopes to open more campuses in the African continent.


“I feel that the next ones could be in Uganda and Rwanda,” he added.

Limkokwing University of Creative Technology is collaborating with a university in Sri Lanka, the National Institute of Business Management, to open the first national innovation centre in the country.

The university is working with the Maldives’ biggest tv and radio network by providing technology driven perogrammes for the Maldives Media Institute.
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Malaysia, Senegal sign MoU on higher education, scientific research
By AZURA ABAS
March 21, 2017


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PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia today signed a memorandum of understanding with Senegal to forge higher education and scientific research cooperation.

The signatories were Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and Senegal Higher Education and Research Minister Prof Mary Teuw Niane.

Idris said the MoU was in line with the government's efforts to transform Malaysia into an education hub in the region.

"Both sides are hoping to see better cooperation between the two countries in the field of education and research," he told reporters after his meeting with Teuw Niane and the signing of the MoU.

Teuw Niane said the signed MoU would create a legal framework to for better cooperation.

"There are about 70 Senegalese students in Malaysia. I believe the number will increase greatly in the near future," he said, adding 10 Senegalese would be awarded scholarships from Malaysia's Higher Education Ministry to pursue their post-graduate studies in various fields including biosecurity and economy.

Senegal is also hoping to learn from Malaysia's experiences in its efforts to reform its higher education sector, said Teuw Niane.
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Zimbabwe: Zndu, Malaysian Varsity Sign Joint Academic MoU
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THE Zimbabwe National Defence University and the University Utara Malaysia (UUM) yesterday signed a Memorandum of Understanding aimed at strengthening academic cooperation between the two institutions of higher learning.

The MoU is also aimed at strengthening cooperation in research and exchange programmes, among others. The latest developments come after President Mugabe recently issued a proclamation announcing that the National Defence College (NDC) would now be a fully-fledged national university called the Zimbabwe National Defence University.

President Mugabe will be the Chancellor of the university. The Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces made the announcement in a Statutory Instrument published in the Government Gazette last Friday.

The declaration was made under Section 110 (1) of the national Constitution.

The MoU was signed between the university's commandant Air Vice Marshal Michael Moyo and UUM Vice Chancellor Professor Mohammed Mustafa Bin Ishak.

Also present during the signing ceremony was Commander Defence Forces General Constantino Guvheya Chiwenga, Major General Douglas Nyikayaramba, senior army, prisons and police officers. Before the signing ceremony, Prof Ishak made a presentation to senior officers who are attending Course number 5 of 2016 at the ZNDU.

In an interview, Prof Ishak said, "I am very grateful for the invitation given to me to deliver a lecture at the National Defence College which is now being upgraded as National Defence University.

"During my presentation, I shared with the participants and the audience on the importance of investing in education in order to produce good leaders and managers for any organisation and the country," he said.

Prof Ishak also presented on the importance of training, saying continuously training human capital from time to time to transform them so that they will perform.

"More important is to train them accordingly from time to time, giving the right training to them in order to transform them. They can only perform through training and if the right training is not given, nobody can perform and no organisation can transform," he said.

Prof Ishak said this was the first time they had signed an MOU with any institution of higher learning in the country.

"We hope that with this symbolic gesture of signing the MoU, we can work more and collaborate more with Zimbabwe through education, through the National Defence University.

"As you know our countries have strong cordial relations and I am sure that this MoU between the two institutions marks beginning of a new era in higher education collaboration between Malaysia and Zimbabwe," he said.

Air Vice Marshal Moyo said the signing of the MoU was a milestone achievement between the two countries.

"It's a milestone. As far as we are concerned, the National Defence College is obviously still growing and evidence to that is the transformation to the National Defence University.

"The signing of the MoU with the University Utara Malaysia gives us options to explore areas that we are not conversant with, to tap into the expertise of colleagues and sister countries, those who have seen it before so that we adopt what we can to improve our performance."

President Mugabe recently said the Zimbabwe National Defence University will be the nation's defence and security hub, fostering integrative and conscious nation building.

The NDC courses are attended by senior officials from the Zimbabwe National Army, Air Force of Zimbabwe, the Zimbabwe Prisons and Correctional Services, the President's department and senior officials from other sectors to sharpen their skills in defence and national security strategy formulation.

The university, President Mugabe said, will be mandated to be the leading national defence and security institution grounded in Zimbabwean national interests and values.

He said it will also provide quality programmes fostering continuous research and innovation to respond comprehensively to challenges within the realm of the global defence and security matrix.
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Kenya: Coast College to Teach Islamic Finance After MOU With Malaysian Varsity
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Mombasa-based Coast International College has signed a three-year memorandum of understanding with a Malaysian university which will see it offer a diploma course in Islamic finance.

The college also signed a letter of collaboration with the International Centre for Education in Islamic Finance (INCEIF) which is a leading research training institution owned by the Central Bank of Malaysia.

The MoU was signed by the college principal Loise Gichuki, INCEIF president and chief executive officer Daud Vicary Abdullah, Mombasa gubernatorial aspirant, who is also the founder of Coast International College, Mr Suleiman Shahbal and other representatives.

Both the college and the university are focused on developing programmes aligned to Kenya's future economic development with a focus on business administration, marine and port services, oil and gas studies, hospitality and tourism.

The college will offer courses that will seamlessly integrate with the degree programmes at the Coast International University which is awaiting approval from the Commission for university Education so that it can offer degree courses.

Through the agreement, the Malaysia university will provide curriculum, course materials and lectures related to Islamic jurisprudence, Islamic law of contract, financial accounting and fundamentals of Islamic banking among others.

Mr Abdullah said the MoU will pave way for the hosting of Islamic finance conferences in Africa which will seek to advance Islamic finance knowledge and develop the global Islamic finance industry.

Kenya already has two fully fledged Sharia complaint banks, Gulf African Bank and First Community Bank, and a fully-fledged insurance service provider, Takaful Insurance of Africa.
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Rwanda: Africa-wide science institute launched
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Rwanda's president on Monday officially unveiled African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in the capital Kigali to support the educational needs of science students on the continent.

The institute will target science students from across the continent interested in developing scientific and engineering innovations that are well suited to solve underlying problems in Africa.

“Rwanda will work with the continental institute to establish Quantum Leap Africa, the first research center in quantum sciences in Africa,” President Paul Kagame said at the event.

Its founder, South African physicist and millionaire Neil Turok, said that through its “Next Einstein Initiative”, the institute “will enable Africa’s brightest students to flourish as independent thinkers, problem-solvers and innovators capable of propelling Africa’s future scientific, educational and economic self-sufficiency”.

A one-year master’s program in Mathematical Sciences will be among its central pillars, as the institute seeks to offer relevant science curriculum to the continent, which is lagging behind in science and technology advancement.
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Bahir Dar University of Ethiopia Master Plan




















Bahir Dar University is situation at the very source of the Blue Nile river bordering the beautiful Lake Tana. In terms of enrollment, it now contains the largest student body of Ethiopia's institutions! It has a growing non-Ethiopian students from other parts of Africa and it seems like a great place to study.


Bahir Dar
University: 43,673 students (2012)
Addis Ababa University: 42, 497 students (2009)
Hawassa University: 31,000 students (2013)

In terms of the 2017 ranking of Ethiopian universities based on Quality of education, Bahir Dar University sores 7.
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2 Jimma University Jimma
3 Mekelle University Mekelle ...
4 Arba Minch University Arba Minch ...
5 Hawassa University Awasa ...
6 Haramaya University Dire Dawa
7 Bahir Dar University Bahir Dar
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9 University of Gondar
Dilla University Dilla
11 Addis Ababa Science and Technology University Addis Ababa
12 Dire Dawa University Dire Dawa
13 Wolaita Sodo University Sodo
14 Mekelle Institute of Technology Mekelle
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17 Unity University Addis Ababa ...
18 Ambo University Ambo
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20 Wollega University Nekemte ...
21 Semera University Semera
22 Graduate School of Telecommunication and Information Technology Addis Ababa
23 Jigjiga University Jijiga
24 Debre Birhan University Debre Berhan
25 Aksum University Aksum
26 Mada Walabu University Bale Robe
27 Mizan Tepi University Mizan
28 Wolkite University Welkite
29 Debre Tabor University Gondar
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Ghana has potential to develop like Malaysia - Malaysian Expert
| Updated Feb 18, 2018 at 7:12am



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President of Open University Malaysia, (OUM) Professor Dr. Mansor Fadzil says Ghana has what it takes to develop like Malaysia, given the natural resources.

According to him, this country (Ghana) is blessed with all the necessary resources: Gold, Cocoa among other things which could be used to establish a very strong foundation for growth and development but he believed that, without good leaders, the needed transformation will (be) a hallucination.

According to him, developed countries like his, are where they are today, because they had leaders who were focused and committed more of its resources into establishing quality educational system which has produced quality leaders, emphasising that: “we don’t compromised on quality when it comes to education”.

"Good leaders who are wise enough will invest wisely into good education; We need more quality educated people in Ghana. You can transform your people through quality education," he said.

It is based on his assertion that, he has pledged OUM commitments to giving quality of education to Ghanaians by extending their collaboration with AIT with more years with the promise of better and quality programs, “we share ideals and relevant information for quality teaching and learning at AIT”, adding that at OUM,: “all are our learning materials including students’ time tables are powered technologically for quick and easy access by the Students irrespective of their locations”.

Dr. Mansor Fadzil, said this at a news conference, when he paid a working visit to The School and to also witness The School’s congregation held on Saturday 17th February, 2018 at The Kasoa Campus.

The Accra Institute of Technology, AIT, is an independent technology-focused Research University based in Accra, Ghana. The University comprises six schools and three institutes.

AIT is accredited by the National Accreditation Board (Ghana) to offer campus-based and Open University Programs in various fields.

The campus-based programs are offered at the undergraduate level in Engineering, Computer Science, Information Technology and Business Administration in partnerships with Open University.

OUM is the seventh Malaysian private university and it is owned by the Multimedia Technology Enhancement Operations (METEOR) with its main campus at Jalan Tun Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.

In addition, there are 37 learning centres throughout Malaysia, out of which ten (10) are Regional Learning Centres.

For his part, the President of Accra Institute of Technology, Professor Clement K. Dzidonu, has used the occasion to salute the Managers of OUM for the trust and confident they have in AIT.

He said, “we started this collaboration about ten years ago from our Cantonment Campus and we really benefited from them as they gave us already made program”.

AIT achievements, which you have all read about, part of the secret is the collaboration that we have with OUM, he speaks proudly.
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Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng appointed new UCT vice-chancellor



Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng is the newly appointed vice-chancellor of the University of Cape Town.

Outgoing Vice-Chancellor Professor Max Price and Phakeng addressed the media on Saturday after the university council made a unanimous decision.

Phakeng said she was "humbled" by the appointment, which takes effect on July 1, 2018.

"My goal is to transform the university while building on its excellence," said Phakeng.

She said that she had always driven the transformation agenda in academic research.

She did not take her new position lightly.

"It's amazing that my appointment is a possibility," said Phakeng.

She first joined UCT in July 2006 and took over from Professor Danie Visser as the deputy vice-chancellor of research and internationalisation in January 2017.

Before moving to UCT in 2006, she was vice-principal of research and innovation at the University of South Africa (Unisa).

Her long list of achievements include: in 2002 she became the first black female South African to obtain a PhD in Mathematics Education, and becoming the first South African black researcher to be appointed to co-chair a study commissioned by the International Commission on Mathematical Instruction in 2008.

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Tanzania: Tz's Universities Have Twice As Many Male As Female Students



Statistically, Anna Daniel stood little chance of completing her master's degree at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) last year.

While she beat the odds and graduated as the one in her family with the highest education, the general rule is that many Tanzanian girls make it to secondary school, fewer to university and even less to postgraduate school.

According to Tanzania's Vice President Samia Suluhu, girls in the country are, now more than ever, able to reach their goals after the introduction of the 11-year free education programme. Although studies show that there have been an increase in primary school enrolments between 2012 and 2016, in 2016 there was still a 76 per cent difference between enrolment of girls into Standard 1 and into Form One.

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Uganda calls for skills training support from Malaysia investors
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Entebbe, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | First Lady and the Minister of Education and Sports Janet Kataha Museveni has urged investors in the education sector from Malaysia’s Limkokwing University of Creative Technology led by the Vice President Dato Gail Phung to fast track the launch of the skills training programme to empower youth in Uganda.

“The principle for this partnership between Malaysia and Uganda is to add value to Uganda’s industrial skills so that the fruits out of your training skills provide a good example for other institutions”, she said.

The First Lady last week met the Malaysian group of of investors in education sector to discuss ways of exploring the best skilling training programme that can be deeply rooted and implemented in the country.

During the meeting that took place at State House Entebbe yesterday, Limkokwing University of Technology expressed interest in establishing a model Tertiary Education centre for the youth empowerment in Uganda based at Namataba Technical Institute in Mukono district.

The core programmes to be offered at Limkokwing University of Creative technology at Namataba Technical Institute include hospitality, fashion and design construction, media broadcasting engineering and data programming, computer networking, e-commerce, leather processing, creative media, architecture technology, entrepreneurship among others.

According to the Ministry of Education and Sports schedule for transformation process of Namataba technical Institute, it’s envisaged that after its renovation and up skilling undertakings by July 2018, the trainees enrolment process will be effective by November 2018.

Janet Museveni assured the delegation that the Ministry technical staff will supervise the assessment and implementation process.

“I personally want (to) see this project start. And see Namataba Technical Institute products in Uganda and beyond”, she said.

Malaysian Limkokwing University of Creative Technology Vice President Dato Gail Phung said that alongside Namataba institute developments she foresees the set up of an international university in Uganda specializing in skills training programs and attracting training from 43 other countries in Africa.
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SA government unlocks billions more for free higher education

The government has made billions available for tertiary education, but students have to fulfil strict criteria to get the money.

Satisfactory academic performance will be among the expectations university students will have to meet in order to qualify for government's funding scheme, said Higher Education and Training Minister Naledi Pandor who was updating the media on Tuesday about the funding scheme.

In December 2017, shortly before the ANC's elective conference was due to start, former president Jacob Zuma announced government would implement fee-free higher education for students from poor and working-class families. At that stage, there was no plan to fund it.

Government set aside additional funding of R7.166bn in 2018 - R4.581bn for qualifying university students and R2.585bn for technical vocational education and training (TVET) college students.

"As a result the baseline allocation to NSFAS (National Student Financial Aid Scheme) to support poor and working-class university and TVET students will increase from the R9.849bn in 2017/18 to R35.321bn in 2020/21," said Pandor.

"This implies a need for improved efficiency and systems development at NSFAS. We have therefore allocated an additional R105m over the medium-term expenditure framework to assist NSFAS to increase and strengthen its administrative capacity.

"What has changed is that government will support poor and working-class students through an expanded bursary scheme, which replaces the previous loan and partial bursary scheme," said Pandor.

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Dr Mpho Tshivhase becomes SA's first black woman to earn PhD in philosophy



With graduation season still in full swing in South Africa, a number of stand out graduates are marking their mark in big ways and Dr Mpho Tshivhase is one of them.

The University of Johannesburg (UJ) student has become the first black woman in South Africa to be awarded a doctoral degree in Philosophy - focusing on advancing a theory of what it means for people to be unique, according to the university.

Dr Mpho Tshivhase graduated at UJ on Thursday, 12 April.

Her thesis, titled: "Towards a Normative Theory of Uniqueness of Persons" was completed under the supervision of Professor Thaddeus Metz from UJ's Department of Philosophy.

According to Professor Metz, Dr Tshivhase’s doctoral thesis is the first systematic treatment of uniqueness as something valuable that can be manifested in a person’s life.

In it, she distinguishes the value of uniqueness from other values such as happiness and morality, arguing that it merits attention as something worth having in its own right. She also points out that existing philosophical accounts of uniqueness all share the counterintuitive implication that everyone is always already unique.

“This topic is extremely fascinating for me, particularly because I think we live in a society that generally moves people to prioritise who (and perhaps even what) other people think they should become," Dr Tshivhase told the university's news and event team.

"Our societal interactions, in general, seem to prize group identities that seem to require one to give up their personal identities in order assimilate into a group identity, whether it be race, gender, class, political or religious assimilation, to name a few. I think even in instances where people do create what they consider to be an original identity, they seem to still look to society for some form of affirmation from those who are around them.”

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New South Africa study abroad experience to start in 2019



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Graduate hitchhiked to South Africa to make study dreams come true



RWANDAN national, Josiane Ayingeneye, hitch-hiked to South Africa to undertake her postgraduate studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in the School of Chemistry and Physics.

After finishing school with a distinction at Nyamasheke Girls’ High School in the Western Province of Rwanda, Ayingeneye pursued her undergraduate degree at the National University of Rwanda with an interest in biochemistry.

In 2012, Ayingeneye completed her undergraduate degree with honours in bio-organic chemistry. After reading about the excellent research facilities at the University KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), Ayingeneye knew this was the institution she wanted to undertake her postgraduate studies.

With insufficient funds for an air ticket, Ayingeneye hiked from Rwanda to South Africa in 2015, with the help of good Samaritans, to undertake her postgraduate studies at UKZN. In addition to financial challenges, Ayingeneye could not communicate in English as her home language is French. Undeterred by these obstacles, she enrolled for her masters in science.

The objective of her research was to synthesise useful alcohols by using a green solvent, and her results showed that the design of new processes, which replace volatile organic solvents, was a promising and positive response to environmental pollution and human health detriments.

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Why Nigerian universities rank poorly globally, by Okebukola



Former Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Professor Peter Okebukola, has attributed the poor rating of Nigerian universities globally to lack of adequate funding.He urged the Federal and state governments, as well as the private sector to dedicate more resources to the funding of education to remove those challenges that make the nation’s universities to attract less global recognition.

Okebukola stated this in a paper titled: Can The Bones Rise Again? A Peep Into The Revitalisation Of The Nigerian University Reform, which he delivered at the Ekiti State University, Ado-Ekiti during the institution’s 23rd convocation ceremony.He added that the university system would continue to fail in Nigeria until poor staffing and insecurity, among others were resolved before the country could rise to stardom in its higher education reforms and global rating.

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Innovative University in Côte d’Ivoire, West Africa, Seeks Board Members for Its Atlanta-based Foundation



An Atlanta-based foundation for the International University of Grand-Bassam (IUGB), an innovative institution in the West African country of Côte d’Ivoire, which was launched in 2007 with the support of Georgia State University, seeks board members interested in serving its mission to develop the necessary resources to make the university “a center of excellence” for higher education and to provide scholarships for deserving African students.

When francophone Côte d’Ivoire sought to reform its higher education system in the mid-1990s, Georgia State University stepped up to the challenge by joining with Ivorian educators in planning the development of a university where classes would be taught in English and modeled on American educational practices.

Such an innovative addition to a French-rooted educational system most probably would never have been possible if the country’s president at the time, Alassane Ouattara, hadn’t had an extensive background in U.S. educational institutions. After having completed his primary and secondary educations in West Africa, he received a bachelor of science degree in 1965 from Drexel Institute of Technology in Philadelphia and a master’s and doctorate in economics in 1967 and 1972, respectively, from the University of Pennsylvania.


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Transforming university education in Nigeria – Part 3



The government has responded to the crises of funding in tertiary education through several instruments and ways. The first one is the agreement it signed with academic staff unions in tertiary institutions, namely Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) and Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), which is meant to be reviewed or renegotiated periodically. However, such funding increases for a number of universities are largely spent to defray or address issues relating to staff emolument and arrears on various allowances, and not on the issues of improving facilities, infrastructure, teaching and research. This partly explains why staff unions often make repeated clamour for respect of agreement or violation of their demands or non-implementation of agreements reached with the federal government. A second approach of the federal government is its intervention through the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) which it established in 2011. TETFUND was meant to be an intervention agency to arrest the crises in physical infrastructure, facilities, research, publications and foreign networking by tertiary institution staff, among others. The truth, however, is that most tertiary institutions literally now look up to TETFUND annually not to supplement, but, as main source of funds for these critical areas. As indicated in Table 7 below, TETFUND expended a whopping forty-four billion, seven hundred and seventeen million, seven hundred thousand (N44,717,700,000.00) in five years; an average of eight hundred and ninety-four million, three hundred and fifty-four thousand Naira (N894,354,000). Were this sum to be strictly supplementary to a 15-20 percent of national budget subvention, the quality of our higher education would have improved substantially. I wish to now address the role of industrial unions, particularly the Academic Staff Union of Universities in the promotion of better funding for higher education in Nigeria.

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UCT graduates most employable in Africa





Graduates or current students at the University of Cape Town (UCT) can feel proud and prepared for the job market, as it has maintained its top position in Africa for graduate employability.

On top of this achievement UCT, also placed 18th in the world for graduate employment in the 2019 Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Graduate Employability Rankings.

Students who graduate from Cape Town’s pride and joy usually find work within the first year of finishing their studies.

This places the university just outside of the top 100 overall universities worldwide at 101.

UCT was ranked using five key factors carrying different weights, including academic reputation, alumni outcomes, employer-student connections, employer reputation, and graduate employment.

Only five South African institutions are ranked in the top 500, with UCT being the highest rated of all.

Roughly 39.4% of April 2018 graduands were employed at the time of their graduation, with 45.3% choosing to study further.

Although 19.7% of the graduates surveyed were still seeking work, most of the graduates from the Engineering & Built Environment, Health Sciences and Law faculties were already employed at 54.1%, 53.2% and 62.1% respectively.

The majority of graduates who already had jobs were earning a starting salary between R20 000 and R30 000 (22.1%), while a further 16.1% earned between R15 000 and R20 000.

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UCT still the best in Africa‚ world university rankings show

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is still the top university in Africa‚ according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019 released on Wednesday.

The rankings are published annually by Times Higher Education‚ a weekly magazine based in London‚ which reports on issues related to higher education. Wednesday’s rankings are the 15th edition published by the magazine.

The first rankings were published in 2004 and only included 200 universities. Wednesday’s analysis ranked more than 1‚200 institutions.

UCT was ranked 156th in the world‚ an improvement from its previous position of 171.

It was the only institution from Africa to make the top 200 - compared to 60 institutions from the US‚ 29 from the United Kingdom and 23 from Germany.

The University of the Witwatersrand was the second best ranked university in South Africa‚ falling into categories of universities ranked between 201 to 250. In the previous rankings‚ it fell in the 251 to 300 best universities section.

Stellenbosch University was the third best ranked South African university‚ ranked between 301 and 350‚ which also improved from its previous ranking of between 351 and 400.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal was the next best ranked university‚ and it remained in the 401 to 500 best universities. The universities of Johannesburg‚ Pretoria and the Western Cape maintained their ranks in universities rated between 601 and 800.

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