16 African universities want to tackle poor research output
New Telegraph reports that 16 African universities created the African Research Universities Alliance which has a goal to make African universities more visible on the global research map. Africa has only 1 per cent of the total global output and issues such as hunger, poverty, illiteracy, diseases and gender inequality can be challenged through demand-driven research outputs. South Africa has the biggest number of universities involved in the iniciative, namely six of them – the University of Cape Town, University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University, University of Pretoria, Rhodes University and University of KwaZulu-Natal. There are also three universities from Nigeria, as well as universities from Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Uganda and Ethiopia.
All students will study entrepreneurship at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
As Israel is well known for its great number of startups per capita in the world and regardless of number entrepreneurship courses available at universities, the Hebrew University of Jerusalem now plans to strengthen its curriculum with project-based learning, including entrepreneur workshops and courses at the first semester of the first year of studies. They argue that innovation and entrepreneurship can be learned and are needed in the workforce nowadays. The highest goal will see researchers-entrepreneurs create startup companies at their labs within the university and take their technologies out into the world. “We are planning to set up a special student fund,” said Amnon Dekel, the newly appointed managing director of HUstart, the Hebrew University Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center. “The idea is to encourage students to move from ideas to products”, he points out.
Turkey to stop sending students to the United States
Ahval reports that Turkey plans to limit the number of their students in European and Asian countries, but also to stop sending students to the United States for post-graduate studies. Deputy Education Minister Mustafa Safran stated that the new policy will save the Turkish government $20 million that is being paid to the U.S. universities annually. He also criticised post-graduate teaching in the USA and added that students will be sent to European and Asian universities for their post-graduate studies in a limited range of subjects. This decision is a result of diplomatic tussle which resulted in mutual sanctions imposed by both countries.