Students express frustration as ASUU adds 3 months to rollover strike

By Opeyemi Babalola Students of the University of Lagos expressed sadness and felt dejected as the Academic Staff Union of Universities, today announced the extension of the ongoing strike by twelve weeks.  The earlier eight weeks warning strike which ended today will now continue till August.  ASUU’s decision was taken at an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) held at ASUU Secretariat in Abuja. ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said the union resolved to give the government enough time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues. “After extensive deliberations, noting Government’s…

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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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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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Levels of cheating in online exams soaring, say invigilators

One in 14 students who took tests monitored by ProctorU last year were caught breaking the rules From Times Higher Education Source: Getty Rates of cheating in online examinations have hit a record high, according to proctoring data that show that one in 14 students were caught breaking the rules last year. Analysis of data on 3 million tests globally that used the ProctorU invigilation platform found that “confirmed breaches” of test regulations – incidents where there was clear evidence of misconduct – were recorded in 6.6 per cent of all cases. This…

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Nigerian lecturing in UK bags Google funding for research to save lives of mothers and new-borns

By Opeyemi Babalola  A Nigerian, Dr. Aduragbemi Banke-Thomas, who is lecturing and based in the UK has been awarded an undisclosed amount of funds to further conduct more research on how Google Maps could be used to help pregnant women in sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Banke-Thomas, a Senior Lecturer in Public Health at the University of Greenwich, had in October last year, explored how Google Maps could be used for generating closer-to-reality travel time estimates for pregnant women in emergency situations. While reacting to the news, the beneficiary explained that “This…

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Court convicts undergraduate for cybercrime in Ibadan

By Opeyemi Babalola The Ibadan Zonal Command of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, on Tuesday, April 12, secured the conviction and sentencing of one Ogunleye Olawale Sylvester to six months community service before Justice Ladiran Akintola of the State High Court, Ibadan, Oyo State for internet fraud. The convict who is a second year student of Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago Iwoye, was among those suspects arrested by officers of the Nigerian Army and handed over to the EFCC for prosecution. The convict pleaded guilty to one count charge.…

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Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineering and FUTA set to establish welding academy

By Moyosore Salami The Nigeria Institute of Mechanical Engineering, NIMechE is set to establish a standard Welding Academy in Ondo State in partnership with the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA).  The National Chaiperson, Engr. Mrs. Funmilade Akingbagbohun, said “the welding academy is part of efforts to equip graduates with practical skills needed to compete in the industry and contribute to the national development of the country.”  She noted that the situation that enables multinational firms to import welding experts for critical projects in a country where there are thousands…

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Sanwo-Olu appoints vice chancellors for new universities

By Opeyemi Babalola  The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has officially appointed acting vice-chancellors for the two newly established universities in the state. Sanwo-Olu’s special adviser on education, Tokunbo Wahab made the announcement, stating that Idowu Okuneye, a professor of education, will serve as the acting vice-chancellor for Lagos State University of Education (LASUED), Ijanikin, Oluremi Olaleye, a holder of PhD in Microbiology, will serve in the same capacity at the Lagos State University of Science and Technology (LASUSTECH), Ikorodu. He disclosed that the appointment will be for a period…

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Varsities total shutdown looms as SSANU, NASU, threaten strike

By Moyosore Salami Total shutdown of universities in the country is following based on the decision of the two unions — Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) to issue fresh strike notice to the Federal Government over non-implemention of signed agreements. The two unions’ Joint Action Committe, in a statement issued in Abuja, listed issues in contention to include inconsistencies in IPPIS payment, non-payment of earned allowances, delay in renegotiation of FGN/NASU and SSANU agreement, non-payment of arrears…

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