Academia-community partnership in Nigeria: Can we change the narrative?

Academia-community partnership in Nigeria: Can we change the narrative?

At this point in time, globally, any conversation that doesn’t start or end with the COVID-19 pandemic (and most recently racism/Black Lives Matter) may seem a hard sell. Notwithstanding, the pandemic is a passing phase. And since there’s life after COVID-19, I might as well present an issue that is very essential to the progress of Nigeria’s higher education system....

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Institutions across Africa face common challenges in the COVID-19 crisis

Institutions across Africa face common challenges in the COVID-19 crisis

No sooner had the conversations started on the recent webinar titled: COVID-19 and Africa’s Higher Education System: What is going on, than it became clear that universities across the continent were experiencing common challenges. As Professor William Bazeyo, Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Finance and Administration at Uganda’s Makerere University put it, COVID-19 had caught everyone unawares. “Our institutions were hardly prepared,” he...

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Online learning is integral to the future of Higher Education; embrace it or become irrelevant

Online learning is integral to the future of Higher Education; embrace it or become irrelevant

COVID-19 has presented an opportunity to Africa’s universities to take stock of their current practices and identify new ways of doing things; all for resilience and continued relevance beyond this pandemic. This became the common refrain of higher education leaders at a recent Higher Education in Africa zoom webinar that was titled: COVID-19 and Africa’s Higher Education System: What is going...

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CHEiD Host A Higher Education Web Conference Series

CHEiD Host A Higher Education Web Conference Series

The Centre for Higher Education, Innovation and Development (Nigeria), in collaboration with BusinessDay (Nigeria) and Universities South Africa, kicks off its higher education web conference series with a two-part webinar on Africa’s higher education system and COVID-19. The webinar takes place on Tuesday 12 and Wednesday 13 May 2020 at 10:00 – 11:30 am WAT on each day. Interested participants are required to register separately...

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A Nigerian, Benjamin Ola. Akande, Ph.D. Appointed the 9th President of Champlain College, USA

A Nigerian, Benjamin Ola. Akande, Ph.D. Appointed the 9th President of Champlain College, USA

In the statement by the College announcing Dr. Akande’s appointment early on 21 April 2020, Charles Kittredge, the Chair, Champlain College Board of Trustees, said, “Dr. Akande is an agent of change and a visionary leader with a global perspective. His enterprising mindset and commitment to student success will be essential as he leads Champlain College in an evolving higher...

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CHEiD documentary research team completes the first leg of its  international benchmark visits

CHEiD documentary research team completes the first leg of its international benchmark visits

The Centre for Higher Education, Innovation and Development (CHEiD) “Rethinking Nigeria’s Higher Education” documentary research team led by its interim CEO, Odinaka Iloh, successfully completed about two weeks benchmark visits to top universities and other institutions shaping South Africa’s innovation ecosystem. Some of the institutions visited include University of the Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg, Council for Scientific and Industrial Research and...

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Global trends in Artificial Intelligence

Global trends in Artificial Intelligence

From the time the concept of Artificial Intelligence (AI) was first captured in 1956 as just an academic discipline a lot has changed, and in many ways, too. Since then “innovators and researchers have published over 1.6 million AI-related scientific publications and filed patent applications for nearly 340,000 AI-related inventions.” The volume of publications points to the effort already committed by the research community...

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Higher Education: Nigeria’s Lost Opportunity

Higher Education: Nigeria’s Lost Opportunity

Sustainable development seems, in a loose sense, the newest of the world’s recent obsessions – one that commands great attention from global leaders and theorists at the moment. And quite like many of such in the past, its success will be defined by innovation – a word that is quietly supplanting Research & Development in its use and importance in...

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International Research Collaboration, the Yale-Fudan Example

International Research Collaboration, the Yale-Fudan Example

“There is only one world of science out there and this kind of international division of labour makes a lot of sense,” a statement attributed to a former Yale University President, Richard C. Levin, speaks volume about the kind of new mindset Nigerian universities’ Chief Executives need to adopt in our quest to revitalize our institutions and make them more...

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