COMMITTEE OF NIGERIA PRO-CHANCELLORS GETS NEW CHAIRMAN

The Committee of Pro-Chancellors CPC of Nigerian Federal Universities has appointed Emeritus Professor Nimi Dimkpa Briggs the Pro- Chancellor of Alex Ekwueme Federal University Ndufu Alike, as the Chairman Committee of Pro-chancellors of Federal Universities. The Secretary General of the CPC, Prof. Yakubu Ochefu, said in a statement that the appointment was made in a meeting held at the CPC secretariat on September 20, 2021. Ochefu also said that Prof Nimi Briggs takes over from Professor Munzali Jubril, the serving Pro-Chancellor of Federal University, Lafia who had been the Chairman of…

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Robot farm: Pioneering facilities are a game-changer for UK atomic research

University of Bristol Press release issued: 20 October 2021 The University of Bristol is leading an initiative to make cutting-edge robotics, drones and testing spaces available for nuclear research with the launch of four ‘Hot Robotics’ facilities in the UK. The aim of the game-changing National Nuclear User Facility for Hot Robotics (NNUF-HR) is to make robotics and facilities readily available to researchers from both academia and industry, to facilitate ground-breaking, impactful nuclear research. Funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the four NNUF-HR sites are managed by the individual…

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Five universities in the eastern Seoul area gather to share innovation ideas

– A colloquium was held to discuss how to improve the educational environment through digital innovation Source: Communications Team /University of South Korea News  On Friday February 19, 2021, five universities located in the eastern Seoul area—Kyunghee University, Korea University, Sungkyunkwan University, Hankuk University of Foreign Studies, and Hanyang University—signed an innovation sharing and exchange agreement, whose purpose is to improve the quality of contact-free education in the ‘new normal’ we are living through by sharing their innovative digital education content and technologies with one another. The event was held in…

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IonQ Joins University of Maryland Quantum Startup Foundry, Receives National Innovation Award

University of Maryland, College Park News Release CONTACTS: Sara Gavin , 301-405-0603 sgavin@umd.edu COLLEGE PARK, Md.—IonQ, Inc. (IonQ) (NYSE: IONQ), the leading developer of quantum computing devices born out of research at the University of Maryland (UMD) and Duke University, becomes the newest member of the Quantum Startup Foundry at UMD. This collaboration builds upon a strong partnership and a shared commitment between IonQ and UMD to accelerate cutting-edge quantum technologies and develop a thriving quantum ecosystem in the region. The announcement coincides with the news that IonQ has received the 2021 Innovation Award from the Association…

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Universities yet to grasp ‘enormity’ of slavery redress, says v-c

Admitting profits is a strong start, experts say, but academia has much more central culpability yet to remedy Culled from Times Higher Education/Paul Basken Western universities deserve credit for admitting their historical profits from slavery, according to expert assessments, but have much more work to do on the academic and reparations sides of the ledger. Major blind spots for higher education, after years of emotional public admissions about past ties to slave labour and profits, include the extensive but little-explored history of medical school experimentation on captives, experts told Times Higher Education’s World…

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Georgia state universities weaken tenure protections

Move bolsters fears of political attacks on US higher education and prompts AAUP to consider boycott From Times Higher Education/Paul Source: iStock The governing board of higher education in the US state of Georgia, surrounded by faculty protesters, voted to expand its systems for removing tenured professors over alleged job performance concerns. The Georgia Board of Regents said it took the action – covering 7,500 tenured professors at 25 public campuses in Georgia – to help its faculty improve and to let institutions shed those who do not. Opponents, however, listed concerns that included the regents citing the relatively…

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2022 Best Global Universities Coming Oct. 26

U.S. News evaluated 1,750 schools around the world for their academic research and reputation in this year’s rankings. By Robert Morse|USNews & World Report 2022 Best Global Universities Preview To produce the global rankings, U.S. News uses a methodology that focuses on factors that measure research performance.(GETTY IMAGES) On Tuesday, Oct. 26, U.S. News will release the Best Global Universities rankings, which focus on schools’ academic research and reputation, not their separate undergraduate or graduate programs. Students can use these rankings to accurately compare universities – including U.S. colleges – globally, regionally and…

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Kenya Universities urged to offer courses relevant to market demands

by Margaret Kalekye/SOURCEKNA The Kenya National Qualifications Authority (KNQA) has challenged local universities to put more emphasis on courses that are relevant to the current market demands. The KNQA Director-General, Juma Mukwana, lamented that majority of the students are listed in irrelevant human resource courses leading to many unemployed graduates. “Kenyans have academic qualifications but they do not make sense because many are taking courses that the economy does not need now,” said Mukhwana. Speaking during a National Industrial Training Institute (NITI) Board of Directors meeting at Whitesands Resorts in Mombasa, Friday,…

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In Africa, Lecturers are key to ending colonial epistemicide

Eric Fredua-Kwarteng   Culled from University World News In an article titled “Universities and the legacy of colonial epistemicide” published in University World News on 9 September 2021, Phaedra Haringsma discusses colonial epistemicide, its consequences and mitigating solutions. She defines colonial epistemicide as the process of ‘killing and erasure of indigenous knowledge’. As the author puts it, it is equal to “silencing of indigenous expressions”. She goes on to assert that colonial conquest brings epistemicide as the colonisers impose their epistemologies on the colonised population through education. According to the author, the European modernity project…

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Call for Manuscripts: African Journal of Rural Development

About the JournalThe African Journal of Rural Development (AFJRD) is an online open access scientific journal that publishes articles on a quarterly basis (March, June, September, December). It is a multi-disciplinary peer-reviewed journal with an ultimate purpose of sharing and increasing the depth of knowledge on aspects of sustainable rural development. The Journal welcomes submission of manuscripts that meet the general criteria of domain significance and scientific excellence. All articles published in AFJRD will be peer reviewed. AFJRD is an open access journalOne key request to researchers across the world is…

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