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  • Call for papers for a special issue of Journal of Student Affairs in Africa is now open!
    The Journal of Student Affairs in Africa is preparing a special issue on "The Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education and Student Affairs in Africa" in which they will be publishing the reflections of student affairs practitioners, university leaders, policy makers, researchers, students, and journalists on the impact of COVID-19 in the context of African higher education and other relevant contexts.   Click the link below to learn more.   https://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/jsaa/announcement/view/31">https://www.journals.ac.za/index.php/jsaa/announcement/view/31
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • COVID-19 and the Risks to Food Supply Chains in Africa
    On April 22, the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) will be hosting a webinar on COVID-19 and the Risks to Food Supply Chains in Africa.   Click on the link below to register for this webinar.   https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcOCsrD8tH9TXMlxuCam2Vj2bMl4xFO9x">https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcOCsrD8tH9TXMlxuCam2Vj2bMl4xFO9x" rel="nofollow">https://fao.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJcqcOCsrD8tH9TXMlxuCam2Vj2bMl4xFO9x
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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  • The Coronavirus: The Political Economy of a Pathogen
    Vice Chancellor of Unites State International University - Africa, Paul Zeleza wrote an article that covers the impacts COVID-19 is having on economies. He also talks about the virus as it relates to globalization and nationalism.    To read this article, click the link below!   https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coronavirus-political-economy-pathogen-paul-tiyambe-zeleza/?fbclid=IwAR3QVvKJmyrUiGRhRUZZO8V7AFE6ZeZ_Ztpmk14XZlbQtcWlzX2fqfRArCw">https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coronavirus-political-economy-pathogen-paul-tiyambe-zeleza/?fbclid=IwAR3QVvKJmyrUiGRhRUZZO8V7AFE6ZeZ_Ztpmk14XZlbQtcWlzX2fqfRArCw" rel="nofollow">https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/coronavirus-political-economy-pathogen-paul-tiyambe-zeleza/?fbclid=IwAR3QVvKJmyrUiGRhRUZZO8V7AFE6ZeZ_Ztpmk14XZlbQtcWlzX2fqfRArCw     
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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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
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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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)
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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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
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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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
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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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
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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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
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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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
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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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
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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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/
    By: Elaina Lawrence
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