Hundreds of global universities ‘yet to set net zero target’

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/hundreds-global-universities-yet-toset-netzero-target?mc_cid=25862e22f5&mc_eid=45b29e2869 THE research finds that high share of institutions that have specified goal are not counting indirect emissions such as travel Ellie Bothwell Source: GettyTreading warily: universities shy from targets as ‘they imply a recognition of the crisis and a need to transform business as usual’ Read the THE report, The Race to Net Zero: How global universities are performing Almost half of global universities that suggest they are committed to taking climate action are yet to set a target date to reach net zero, according to a new report from Times Higher Education. While more than 550 universities across the world submitted data relating…

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Scholars from the Global South must be helped to make a splash

Culled from https://www.timeshighereducation.com/opinion/scholars-global-south-must-be-helped-make-asplash?mc_cid=25862e22f5&mc_eid=45b29e2869 Editors need to grasp how much intelligence and bravery is needed to produce innovative ideas in certain contexts, says Alfredo González-Ruibal Alfredo González-Ruibal Source: getty/istock montage Throughout my academic career as an archaeologist, I have reviewed an inordinate number of papers in the capacity of referee, editor and teacher. And I have discovered striking – though not surprising – differences between academic traditions. There are many reasons for such differences, from how scholars are educated (even before university) to how hierarchical the academic environment is in which they are socialised. But we…

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Running a university during a pandemic

Culled from https://www.timeshighereducation.com/features/leaders-survey-2021-running-university-during-pandemic When the current generation of university leaders applied for their posts, none of the job descriptions mentioned Covid-19. So how have they found the past 18 months? And what about the future, economic, political and environmental? We asked 180 leaders from around the globe. Paul Jump reports October 28, 2021Paul JumpTwitter: @PaulJump Source: Sorbetto/istock It may or may not have been Abraham Lincoln who first noted that a leader can’t please all of the people all of the time, but never did the observation appear more apposite than during…

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Cambridge University college hands back looted cockerel to Nigeria

The master of a Cambridge University college has described the return of a looted bronze cockerel to representatives of Nigeria as a “momentous occasion”. The statue, known as the “Okukur”, was taken by British colonial forces in 1897 and given to Jesus College in 1905 by the father of a student. A decision for it to be returned was made in 2019 after students campaigned. A ceremony has been held at the college to sign the handover documents. “It’s massively significant,” said Sonita Alleyne, master of Jesus College. “It’s a momentous occasion.”…

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ABUAD performs first kidney transplant

Culled from The Sun Newspaper Afe Babalola University Multi-System Hospital, Ado-Ekiti (ABUAD), has recorded its first kidney transplant after a procedure that lasted five hours, fifteen minutes, thus making the successful transplant the first of its kind in Ekiti/Ondo axis of the country. The procedure was carried out on a 46-year-old player in the entertainment industry (name withheld) who was diagnosed to be hypertensive as far back as 2017 had not been passing urine in the last six months as a result of which he has had difficulty breathing. He also…

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VC charges intellectuals, govt. to advance disruptive innovations

The Vice Chancellor, Caleb University, Imota, Lagos State, Prof. Nosa Owens-Ibie on Wednesday challenged Nigerian intellectuals and governments to improve on innovative technology. Prof. Owens-Ibie made the call at the 2021 Caleb University International Conference in Lagos, with the theme: “Future forward: Disruptive innovations what next?” Disruptive innovation refers to innovations and technologies that make expensive or sophisticated products and services accessible and more affordable to a broader market. He said it was high time intellectuals and governments did things differently to reposition Nigeria and Africa in a rapidly evolving…

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Abia Govt converts 3 institutions into universities

By Opeyemi Babalola Abia State Government has announced the conversion of three institutions into universities in the State following the approval by the State House of Assembly.A statement issued by the State Commissioner for Information, Chief John Okiyi Kalu, and made available to University Times International (UTI), confirmed the development. The institutions are: Abia State Polytechnic, Aba, to become Abia State University of Science and Technology, Abia State College of Education, Arochukwu, to become Abia State University of Education, andAbia State College of Health Sciences and Management Studies to become…

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Google, UNESCO plan to empower 100 journalism institutions in Africa

By Opeyemi Babalola Towards enhancing good quality journalism in institutions from Africa, Google and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) have concluded plan to launch journalists’ training in 100 journalism institutions in Africa.This initiative aimed to support digital journalism training is expected to continue over the next 18 months through the Google News Initiative (GNI) for Africa.Matt Brittin, President for EMEA Business and Operations, Google made this known at the ongoing inaugural Google News Initiative (GNI) for Africa virtual event. The GNI for Africa virtual events started…

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AUN’s President Ensign tasks students on problem-solving skills

By Opeyemi Babalola New intake students of the American University of Nigeria have been urged to develop the skills of finding solutions to any situation they find themselves in, adding that they, not oil and gas, are Nigeria’s greatest resource.Admonishing the students to live by AUN’s mission, the President of the institution, Margee Ensign, who spoke at the fall 2021 Convocation and Pledge Ceremony for members of AUN Classes of 2023, 2025, 2026, said, “The American University of Nigeria is fully equipped to play the traditional roles of a university…

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How Government Can Use Agribusiness to Lure Youth Away From ‘YAHOO YAHOO’ Says FUTA Don

By Moyosore Salami A Professor of Agribusiness and Marketing Management at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, Taiwo Mafimisebi has advised governments at all levels to use Agriculture and its vast business potentials to lure youth away from nefarious activities, frauds and the internet based scams popularly known as ‘Yahoo Yahoo’ in local parlance  to self-manage multiple agribusinesses which require little or no capital while delivering the 137th inaugural lecture of the University titled: “Agribusiness Income and Conquest of Poverty: What Next?” at the University. According to him this…

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