Despite the impact of COVID-19, academics are hopeful that the salaries of professors who teach science in all Uganda’s public universities will be almost doubled with effect from next year, in accordance with promises made by the state president.
African universities will be critical in overcoming the financial fall-out from the coronavirus crisis, and in building the resilience of African societies for future challenges, General Secretary of the Guild of European Research-Intensive Universities, Jan Palmowski, has told University World News.
While the date on which universities in Algeria will resume academic activities is as yet undecided, industry leaders, union and student representatives are unanimous: there is no question of a lost year.
Many Rwandan students who were enrolled in Chinese universities during the COVID-19 lockdowns are now back home and are studying online. Although they face challenges, they say they are determined to honour their scholarships and complete their studies.
Higher education is not about preparing students for the world of work today. It needs to be flexible enough to equip students with the professional attributes and learning tools that will set them up for life, to be creative, adaptable contributors to society.
Many countries may be forced over time to introduce higher tuition fees to help pay for rebuilding after the COVID-19 economic turmoil, which could reduce a key comparative disadvantage for United Kingdom universities recruiting international students, the online forum of Universities UK International was told.