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August 14, 2019

E-learning education conference looks to unlock Africa’s future

As a Russia-Africa summit opens in Sochi on the Black Sea on October 24, a more modest but significant conference will take place in Abidjan, the capital of Côte d’Ivoire.

The conference, eLearning Africa, will bring together international education and technology specialists, government ministers, entrepreneurs and investors to discuss opportunities for expanding Africa’s education sector.

It is a subject at the heart of the African Union’s plans for turning Africa into a “transformed continent” by 2063 and it will be discussed and debated during three days of presentations, workshops, seminars and ministerial meetings from October 23 to 25.

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July 25, 2019

SA student Wandile Msomi wins excellence award at Africa diplomacy conference

In the age of keyboard rage and populist loudhailers, university student Wandile Msomi has been quietly honing his diplomacy skills to show there is another way – through the subtle art of debate.

At the recent International Youth Diplomacy Conference in Ghana, he was awarded a certificate of excellence for his presentation on child marriages in Africa – and is hoping to be one step closer to realising his dream of becoming the youngest secretary-general of the UN.

“It’s an ambitious goal, but that’s my main aim,” said the 21-year-old student who hails from Mariannhill in KwaZulu-Natal and attends Nelson Mandela University in the [...]

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July 3, 2019

UKZN takes first place in Africa on prestigious university rankings

Johannesburg – The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) said on Monday that it had been ranked number one in Africa on the prestigious Times Higher Education (THE) Young University Rankings, which lists the world’s best universities that are 50 years old or younger.

UKZN spokesperson Ashton Bodrick said the 2019 ranking, which included 351 universities, up from 250 in 2018, saw UKZN as the only African university to feature on the top 100 list

“Sitting pretty at number 85, UKZN ties with the University of Rome III, Italy. THE Young University Rankings also includes a subset for millennial universities (created after 2000) in which UKZN is ranked number [...]

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June 12, 2019

‘It’s Time Africa Had Its Own Harvard.’ Inside a University Training African Leaders to Solve African Problems

With its modernist buildings, spacious grounds and airy cafeteria packed with young adults slinging backpacks while scrolling through their Instagram feeds, the African Leadership University on the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius looks much like any other college campus. Except, perhaps, when it comes to the library. Here you will find no silent temple to books and knowledge; in fact, the university’s Pure Learning Library has no books at all. Instead there’s a cacophonous din of competing ideas, as students convene in animated groups around communal tables, shouting out solutions while feverishly diagramming them on the whiteboards that panel the walls. “We aren’t really encouraged [...]

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