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  • Call for Expressions of Interest from Professors in Africa
    Dear Colleagues The Association of African Universities (AAU) and the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) are collaborating to identify two (2) Professors from each African Country for a fully funded Conflict Resolution Training in the month of April 2020. We are therefore seeking for Professors who are academics and or researchers  with an interest in the field of Peace, Security and Conflict studies - or other fields of specializations - to submit their details for consideration The candidates should be African scholars located in African Universities. If you fit this description please complete this form which will take you 4 minutes or less: https://urldefense.com/v3/__https:/aau.us8.list-manage.com/track/click?u=6cc9eba9342422628d5639f6e&id=373af9a62a&e=b9efd15225__;!!HXCxUKc!nklxfY2eSwb7fY1oUxjqOgMmxKyFTNxifr4bpKRUUkRxgdt0SXxkWxX11xKfcWY$" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer" data-auth="NotApplicable">https://www.research.net/r/PeaceSecCon&nbsp" rel="nofollow">https://www.research.net/r/PeaceSecCon  We will be grateful for your quick actions before 1700 GMT on Friday 6th March 2020. Please feel free to share with others Yours in the service of Higher Education in AfricaProfessor Etienne Ehouan EhileSECRETARY GENERAL
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  • CALL FOR PAPERS: Private and Public Universities and the Future of Tertiary Education in Africa
    Private and Public Universities and the Future of Tertiary Education in Africa   THE UNIVERSITY OF ABUJA AND THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN Call for Papers   University of Abuja, Nigeria  July 8-11, 2020. The need to train qualified manpower required in public, private and civic spaces has spurred the establishment of universities in Africa post-independent. As against the few universities that the colonialists established, post-independent African leaders considered university education to be fundamental to the project of national development to which they were committed. In the first four decades of independence, the continent witnessed massive expansion in the number of public universities established by national and sub-national governments. However, as the population continued to grow, access to universities established by the state became severely limited. To fill this gap, churches, rich individuals and in a few instances, international universities began to make in-roads to the higher education sector on the continent. Despite the increase in the number of universities in both public and private sectors, concerns exist on the quality of graduates, research and teaching. The competitiveness of universities in Africa has also been a matter of concern among stakeholders in the sector.  Against the backdrop of the increasing wave of private universities, public universities are affected by poaching of faculty members, competition for bright students, and changing perceptions by the public. In some instances, the increasing relevance of private universities is underscored by the problems associated with public universities such as frequent strikes, reduced capacity to admit students and limited facilities and technological infrastructures. At the same time, scepticism around private universities is based on the perception that many of them lack faculty members of the requisite quality and quantity, affecting research output as well as the competence or knowledge base of graduates, low academic standards, limited programmes focused on expensive fields of study, and poor infrastructure. This is compounded by other structural challenges including prohibitive and unpredictable regulations, delays in accreditation of courses, and a general lack of support from governments. Authoritarian governance structures in some private universities, also constitute a challenge to the atmosphere of academic freedom that universities are known for.  Despite these concerns, private universities have made immense contributions to different African societies. They have alleviated the burden of access placed on public universities, contributed to innovation in curricula, led to increased employability, and provided new models of educational delivery and funding. Some have outpaced and out-performed public universities. For example, The Times Higher Education World Universities ranking recognized Covenant University, a private faith-based institution, as the best university in Nigeria in 2018. Although the importance of private universities is growing, there is a paucity of research on the governance models of these universities and the additional challenges they poseto public universities. Additionally, there are concerns around lack of appropriate policies which are necessary to guide the relationship between private and public universities. Yet appropriate policies are needed to manage these two aspects of higher education on the continent in order to produce expected educational outcomes for national development both in the immediate and foreseeable future.  In the context of the ongoing challenges of development in Africa, the need to boost knowledge production, foster competitiveness of the higher education sector and respond to the fourth industrial revolution, scholars are invited to examine the intersection of private and public universities in Africa and how institutions in both sectors can contribute to meeting the demands for quality university graduates, conduct research and enhance national and continental development.  We welcome papers that examine the following thematic issues. While we will consider papers that are grounded in concepts and theories, empirical papers based on country case studies are particularly welcome ·         History of Private Universities and Public Universities ·         Governance Models in Private and Public University Education in Africa ·         Impact of Faculty poaching on Public and Private Universities in Africa ·         Student Development Issues in African Universities ·         Curriculum Issues in Higher Education in Africa ·         Funding of Private and Public Universities in Africa ·         African Universities and the Decolonisation Movement ·         Higher Education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa ·         Sustainability of higher education in Africa ·         African Universities and the Decolonisation Movement ·         Faculty poaching and sustainability of higher education in Africa ·         Higher Education and the Fourth Industrial Revolution in Africa ·         Private and Public Universities and The Future of Tertiary Education in Africa ·         Strategic Roles for Private and Public Universities in Africa’s Transformation ·         Private Universities and the Reform of Public Tertiary Education in Africa ·         Stakeholders and Partnerships in Higher Education in Africa ·         Policy and Reforms in Private and Public University Education  ·         Partnerships between Private and Public Universities in Africa ·         the instability question in African public universities ·         Social relevance of African universities ·         Deficit of critical infrastructure and global competitiveness of African universities ·         Unionism and the academia in Africa ·         Funding challenge and performance possibilities of African universities ·         African universities and development ·         Future of university education in Africa.  ·         National Policies on Tertiary Education in Africa ·         Government Regulations and Regulatory Agencies and African Universities ·         Globalization, Liberalisation and Universities in Africa ·         Management of Diversity and Inclusion in Private and Public Universities in Africa ·         Comparative Case Studies of Universities in Private and Public Sectors in Africa ·         Innovation and Research and Development (R&D) in African Universities ·         Other related themes     Conveners: Professor Abdul-Rasheed Na'Allah, Vice-Chancellor, University of Abuja and  Toyin Falola, The University of Texas at Austin   Registration fees (after an abstract has been accepted) are as follows:             - Foreign-based participants ($100);             - Nigerian-based (N10,000); and  - Students (N5,000).  All monies are to be sent to: Kari Garba Umar (0453640816, Guarantee Trust Bank, Domiciliary); 20226746812 (First Bank).      Participants are responsible for all associated costs, including feeding, hotel, and transportation.   Interested participants are invited to send an abstract of not more than 300 words by May 30, 2020 to:  - A. G. Umar Kari (umar.kari@uniabuja.edu.ng, +2348034757734)                                     Or  - Sam Oloruntoba dayotoba@gmail.com(+27842842427)
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  • Redesigning Agricultural Hand Tools in Western Kenya: Considering Human-Centered Design in ICTD
    Human-centered design (HCD) is a creative approach to technology design that prioritizes users’ needs in the designprocess. It is characterized by three phases: understanding, ideation, and evaluation. Enthusiasm for using HCD persists among ICTD (information and communication technologies for development) researchers; funding agenciescontinue to support efforts to use the approach in development projects.   Read more about this topic in the link below.   https://itidjournal.org/index.php/itid/article/view/1731/603">https://itidjournal.org/index.php/itid/article/view/1731/603
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  • Metrics-based profiling of university research engagement with Africa
    Co-authorship data provides evidence of greater collaboration of MSU with non-African countries on African-focused research but a growing number of partner institutions from African countries. This growing collaboration provides significant benefits on strategic research conducted and its impact, as well as increasing the recognition of African researchers as contributors to impactful international research collaborations and improving the ability of MSU and its global and African partners to co-generate knowledge and innovation that can help solve global problems more effectively.   Learn more below.   https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11192-019-03211-y">https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11192-019-03211-y" rel="nofollow">https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11192-019-03211-y
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  • Technology transfer for development in Nigeria: patterns, problems and prospects
    Technology is critical to industrialization and economic development of every country. The disparity in income gap between countries is largely explained by the differences in technological generation, application and diffusion.   Learn more by clicking on the link below.     https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03050718.2019.1689150" rel="nofollow">https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03050718.2019.1689150">https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03050718.2019.1689150" rel="nofollow">https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03050718.2019.1689150" rel="nofollow">https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/03050718.2019.1689150
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  • Challenges of creating alliances across borders: midterm reflections from the AAP
    AAP reviews its two-year experience stressing lessons learned and shows how it has benefitted philosophically on the subject from recent linkage with the International Development Ethics Association, along with sharing the cross-border challenges faced.   https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17449626.2019.1641543">https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17449626.2019.1641543" rel="nofollow">https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17449626.2019.1641543
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  • ICABR 2020 Conference African Scholar Travel Grant Submission
    CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 2020   Prospective participants are encouraged to propose papers, symposia, or posters in any area of ​​applied bioeconomy research. Economists and other social scientists, biologists, policy makers, companies and students are encouraged to apply. The organizers are interested in proposals from Africa, China, India, the rest of Asia and Europe as well as the Americas. Proposals shall be submitted in any topic related to Bioeconomy. https://icabr.net/icabr-2020/call-for-abstracts-2020/">https://icabr.net/icabr-2020/call-for-abstracts-2020/" rel="nofollow">https://icabr.net/icabr-2020/call-for-abstracts-2020/   See eligibility criteria and learn about the application process in the link below! https://survey.uvm.edu/index.php/513867?newtest=Y&lang=en">https://survey.uvm.edu/index.php/513867?newtest=Y&lang=en" rel="nofollow">https://survey.uvm.edu/index.php/513867?newtest=Y&lang=en
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  • Call for the UASP Fellowships: Mid- to Senior-Level University Leaders
    The UASP Fellowships in Research Management support the development of university research management and knowledge transfer capacity through a six-week fellowship in the United States for mid- to senior-level university leaders. Two weeks of training in Washington, DC, a virtual learning environment, and a four-week placement at a respected U.S. university support participants to build their universities into leading research institutions that impact their communities. Following the placement, fellows are supported to implement reforms in their home institution.   Click the link to learn more! https://www.irex.org/project/university-administration-support-program-uasp" rel="nofollow">https://www.irex.org/project/university-administration-support-program-uasp">https://www.irex.org/project/university-administration-support-program-uasp" rel="nofollow">https://www.irex.org/project/university-administration-support-program-uasp" rel="nofollow">https://www.irex.org/project/university-administration-support-program-uasp
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  • ASA 2020 Annual Meeting: Presentation Proposal Submissions are Open!
    Submissions are open for all presentation proposal types for the 2020 ASA Annual Meeting The Hour of Decision: Power, Persistence, Purpose, and Possibility in African Studies in Washington D.C. November 19-21 2020!   Click the link to read more! https://africanstudies.org/annual-meetings/2020-submission-guidelines/">https://africanstudies.org/annual-meetings/2020-submission-guidelines/" rel="nofollow">https://africanstudies.org/annual-meetings/2020-submission-guidelines/
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  • Call for papers for 11th EOGAN Annual Conference Open!
    EOGAN is pleased to announce a call for papers for the 11th EOGAN Conference, the network of energy archives and researchers. This year the conference is organised in collaboration with the University of Aberdeen, and will take place in Wick (Scotland, UK), at the very special headquarters of NUCLEUS.   The theme for the 2020 Conference is ‘The role of energy archives in present & future energy policies’. As more and more States declare climate emergency, and energy shifts become impelling, long-term data and knowledge about the development of energy systems are more and more required. This conference aims to discuss how energy history and energy archives can inform present energy knowledge and energy policies.   Click the link to read more! https://www.eogan.org/nucleus-wick-2020" rel="nofollow">https://www.eogan.org/nucleus-wick-2020" rel="nofollow">https://www.eogan.org/nucleus-wick-2020" rel="nofollow">https://www.eogan.org/nucleus-wick-2020" rel="nofollow">https://www.eogan.org/nucleus-wick-2020
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  • CFP: New Critical Currents in Global South Studies in CLS
    In recent years, the Global South has emerged as a predominant critical concept in academic circles and public discourse.The journal The Global South, founded in 2007, is entering its second decade. Global South centers and institutes have been established at academic institutions around the globe.   Click on the link to learn more https://globalsouthstudies.as.virginia.edu/cfp-new-critical-currents-global-south-studies-cls" rel="nofollow">https://globalsouthstudies.as.virginia.edu/cfp-new-critical-currents-global-south-studies-cls
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  • African Futures Feature Series: Deborah Ruth
    Dr. Deborah Ruth Amulen from Uganda is a lecturer at Makerere University, in the Department of Livestock and Industrial Resources. She obtained a Bachelors’ degree in Animal Production Technology and Management, then a Master’s of Science in Livestock Development Planning and Management, and later pursued a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences from Ghent University in Belgium, where she focused on applied beekeeping in the African context.  Deborah is deeply passionate about insect research, product development and community resource mobilization towards harnessing beneficial insects. This passion started at a young age, seeing as insects are a part of her food culture. Deborah was born and raised in a rural agro-pastoral community in Eastern Uganda (the Iteso) where insects are a part of the local diet. She says, “We eat crickets, termites, and black ants; it’s sad that such delicacies are not readily available due to many factors, such as seasonal and limited knowledge of how to multiply them locally. If I can get advanced skills and work with partners to ensure these nutritious protein sources remain available to our communities, I would be glad.” Finding ways to ensure these nutritious protein sources remain available to African communities is exactly what Deborah will be doing here at MSU. Through conducting research on the topic of insect farming with food waste to produce an alternative protein source with the department of entomology, she will be applying her educational background and career interests to address the economic, nutritional and environmental needs of communities. Deborah will also be applying her culture to her research and time at MSU. She feels that to an institution like Michigan State University that embraces diversity, she can significantly contribute through lessons on how to live in rural communities. Deborah says, “when you see me now, you see me as postdoctoral fellow, this is not something that came easy.” Deborah’s story is of a girl in pursuit of a better life outside the marginal agro-pastoral rural livelihoods of Teso, Uganda. She worked hard for her education and the place she is now in her career, and she believes that she can bring a humble and diligent mindset to MSU and her research. During and after her time doing research, among other things, Deborah hopes to contribute to the research world as a mentor for other hardworking and brilliant women in the field of science. She says that being a woman scientist in Africa is challenging. Most of her colleagues are taken up by family roles and drop out of research early. For women in Africa, it is difficult to balance family obligations and professional goals, but Deborah and the other scholars are proof that if you put your mind to something it is possible. To any women researchers who are struggling in the research world, Deborah says, “Passion, focus, and perseverance will lead you to your destination. Every discipline is good, it just needs concentration.”
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