ASUU Strike: Nwajiuba apologises to Nigerian students

•Says FG will implement new funding structure for public universities soon By Opeyemi Babalola The former Minister of State for Education, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba, has apologized to the Nigerian students affected in the ongoing strike action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities. Speaking when he featured on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics, which was monitored by University Times International, he said, “I do apologise to Nigerian students because as their minister, I will take responsibility.  But also, on behalf of the Federal Government, I would say ‘please understand what the issues…

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As UK industrial disputes drag on, should union rethink tactics?

UCU pushes on with shrinking rounds of strike action despite calls to regroup and rethink Culled from Times Higher Education Source: Tom Williams Summer came early the last time members of the UK’s main higher education union were on strike, with picket lines blessed with a rare bout of sunshine in mid-March. The announcement that further action is coming – including 10 days of strikes and a marking boycott – takes the long-running disputes over pay, pensions and working conditions into the summer itself, with campuses bracing for disruption during the all-important exam season.…

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UCU announces marking boycott and 10 days of strikes over pay

Staff at 41 universities may refuse to assess students’ work, meaning that graduations could be delayed, but exact dates for action are yet to be set. From Times Higher Education Source: Eleanor Bentall UK universities will be hit by a marking boycott and further strikes as part of a long-running dispute over pay and working conditions, but the University and College Union is yet to confirm when the action will take place. Delegates at the union’s special higher education conference decided on the next steps after a quarter of branches polled achieved a mandate to take…

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Russia seeks India ties as Western sanctions hit universities

Kremlin’s push on technological sovereignty met with skepticism as West shuns partnerships over Ukraine war From Times Higher Education Source: iStock Russia’s moves to reinforce national science capacity and strengthen research collaborations with India belie an increasingly worsening situation on the home front, academics have said. Isolated by Western institutions over the war on Ukraine, Russia’s Ministry of Science and Higher Education has promoted strengthened domestic capacity and alliances in Asia. In a recent speech, Russian science minister Valery Falkov said Western sanctions were “not only restrictions, but also fundamentally new opportunities” for…

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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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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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Former UI VC receives award of Rising Star, Gold and Silver of Japan

By Moyosore Salami  The Japan Republic Ambassador of Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Federal Republic of Nigeria, Matsunaga Kazuyoshi, has awarded Professor Adewole the Order of Rising star, Gold and Silver Star of Japan in Abuja. According to ambassador Kazuyoshi, the award was in recognition of his performance as Minister of Health, Nigeria and also for promoting a closer Japanese-Nigeria relationship. Professor Isaac Adewole who was the former Vice Chancellor university of Ibadan, is a Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He was Nigeria’s Minister of Health from November 2015-May 2019. He…

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