AFRICA — Unskilled graduates struggle to find decent jobs – Report

Source: Wachira Kigotho/University World News. African universities have been producing too many graduates with costly degrees and diplomas that lack mastery of skills that are necessary in the 21st century labour market, according to researchers at the African Development Bank. In a new policy research report released last month entitled Creating Decent Jobs: Strategies, policies, and instruments, the African Development Bank says most of the degrees awarded by African universities lack the academic rigour, relevance and career-focused skills to enable graduates to get decent jobs. “Higher education … is becoming less affordable, and…

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Preparing African graduates for 21st century skills, job opportunities

*Experts call for modernising school curricula to match a rapidly changing labour market Many African graduates with advanced qualifications are finding out that their university degrees are just not enough to land a job in the current market. Ruth Davies graduated from Chuka University, Kenya, in 2018 with second class upper degree. Without a job after many years of trying, Miss. Davies was forced to take up a teaching job. Down south, Banji Robert bagged a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Zambia in 2016 and…

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How employable are African graduates in their countries?

Students in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa recognise the challenging nature of the job market. Credit:  Tristan McCowan of University College, London (UCL)/British Council. While young graduates in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa do all they can to make themselves employable, they still face significant hurdles in landing jobs. Tristan McCowan of the UCL Institute of Education summarises interim findings of a three-year research project  that aims to support the development of African universities. What students in Africa think of the graduate employability ‘crisis’ Concerns about graduate employment and the kinds…

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NYSC sanctions 38 corps members over various offences

By Moyosore Salami  The National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) has extended the service year of 38 corps members in Enugu State for various offences.  The coordinator of the scheme in the state, Sam Ujogu, disclosed this on Thursday in Enugu during the passing-out ceremony of the 2021 Batch ‘A’, Stream two, corps members.  According to him, 12 corps members who absconded from service would be remobilised to start service afresh whenever they resurface.  Mr Ujogu said that the sanctions were as a result of the offences committed by the affected…

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Nine Ghana Varsity Students Bag Educational Pathways International Scholarship Awards

By Opeyemi Babalola  Nine students of the University of Ghana have been awarded full scholarships by Educational Pathways International (EPI). The students, two females and seven males were celebrated recently at a brief ceremony chaired by Head of Halls, Dr. Charles B. Wiafe-Akenten, who represented the Dean of Student Affairs. The scholarship award covers tuition, residential fees, and stipend. In the introductory address, Head of the Student Financial Aid Office (SFAO), Mrs. Christine Baning, congratulated the beneficiaries for emerging winners, considering the rigorous selection process applied.  While felicitating with the…

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MTN Nigeria, Pan-Atlantic Varsity launch Media Innovation Programme (MIP)

By Moyosore Salami  MTN Nigeria and Pan-Atlantic University (PAU) announced the launch of the MTN Media Innovation Programme (MTN MIP), which will be run by PAU’s School of Media and Communication (SMC). According to the MTN Nigeria, the six-month, fully funded fellowship for Nigerian media practitioners, is designed to support the sustainable development of the nation’s changing media scene. It is open to media practitioners across the spectrum, including print, electronic, online platforms and social media content creators. The MTN Nigeria CEO, Karl Toriola, said the course is designed to give…

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CALL FOR INNOVATION RESEARCH GRANTS ON RESPONSIBLE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE FOR CLIMATE ACTION

Call for Innovation Research Proposals The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM; www.ruforum.org), on behalf of the Research and Innovation Network for Responsible Artificial Intelligence for Climate Action in Africa [RESEN-RAICAIA],in partnership with West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL; www.wascal.org) and AKADEMIYA2063 (https://akademiya2063.org/ ), invites applications for innovation research proposals from eligible researchers universities and academic research institutions in Africa. The general objective of the Network is to advance climate action in Africa through the responsible development and deployment of artificial intelligence innovations.…

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Top universities in the world for global impact 2022

Explore the top 100 universities making a global impact in the Times Higher Education Impact Rankings  From the crisis of plastic in the oceans to gender disparities in pay, the world’s biggest concerns are more and more in the minds of consumers and corporations. And no one understands the importance of tackling these better than universities and students.   But which universities are incorporating these global issues into their governance? And how can we measure the real impact that universities are making on their students and wider communities? Times Higher Education has put together the Impact…

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Strike: HURIWA knocks state education minister over buying of 100m presidential ticket 

By Opeyemi Babalola  The Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has, yesterday, purchased the N100 million Presidential bid form amidst the strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). However, his decision to take over the leadership baton from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023 has elicited reactions from the civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria, who in a statement by its National Coordinator, Emmanuel Onwubiko, strongly condemned the action of the minister and described it as ‘ill-advised decision.’ HURIWA said the junior education…

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Amidst ASUU strike, Kaduna varsity orders resumption of academic activities 

By Opeyemi Babalola  As the prolonged strike actions by the Academic Staff Union and Universities (ASUU) lingers, the management of Kaduna State University (KASU) has directed all students and lecturers of the institution to resume academic activities.  In a circular dated April 26 and signed by its academic secretary,  Abdullahi Zubairu, the varsity scheduled to commence full academic activities for the 2020/2021 academic year on May 9. The circular further advised all the lecturers and students to abide by the academic calendar. Recently, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris…

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