Monthly Archives: September 2017

“Explaining” Why women aren’t physicists

“Explaining” Why women aren’t physicists

Why are women and girls still so underrepresented in the study and teaching of STEM disciplines?  The question has received a good deal of attention recently, as it should, and one common conclusion is that sexist attitudes and practices, including blatant sexual harassment and discrimination, remain far too common and are often ignored.  See, for […] … learn more→

Are graduates prepared for the job market? Rethinking Africa’s university model

Are graduates prepared for the job market? Rethinking Africa’s university model

Across Africa, students arrive on campuses full of hope that a university degree will improve their lives. The reality is far less certain. In 2014, a British Council study estimated Nigeria’s graduate unemployment at 23.1%. In Kenya, it takes an average of five years for a graduate to find a job. Yet business leaders frequently […] … learn more→

Virtual reality breathes new life into African fossils, art and artefacts

Virtual reality breathes new life into African fossils, art and artefacts

Digital technology has become an integral part of our everyday lives. So it was only a matter of time before the ways people interact with the past and ancient artefacts in museum settings became digital, too. The problem is that technology can be extremely expensive. Many museums just don’t have the funding to obtain, develop […] … learn more→

Using faculty as muscle

Using faculty as muscle

In times past, faculty interacted with (undergraduate) students in two ways. The most common way was in the classroom, and we still have that. The other way has rather disappeared, although it used to be the very first significant interaction between students and faculty: advisors. Before a student could register for classes, he had to […] … learn more→

6 tools you should utilize in your business

6 tools you should utilize in your business

  As we draw closer to the end of 2017, hopefully your business has made financial gains and seen significant success. If you’re looking for ways to improve productivity and profitability before the New Year, reflect on the ways you might refine your internal processes. With constant technology advancements, there’s a never-ending stream of important […] … learn more→

Top 8 modern education problems and ways to solve them

Top 8 modern education problems and ways to solve them

In many ways, today’s system is better than the traditional one. Technology is the biggest change and the greatest advantage at the same time. Various devices, such as computers, projectors, tablets and smartphones, make the process of learning simpler and more fun. The Internet gives both students and teachers access to limitless knowledge. However, this […] … learn more→

What education can help start an ecommerce business

What education can help start an ecommerce business

The statistics for online shopping are staggering today. It is estimated that approximately 51% of all consumers prefer to shop online. Those that shop online at least once per year are 95% of all people and 80% report monthly shopping activity. Weekly online shoppers are at 30% and those that claim to shop online daily […] … learn more→

V-c pay: Are vice-chancellors worth their salaries?

V-c pay: Are vice-chancellors worth their salaries?

The current fees regime has operated more like a cartel, without any real correlation between cost and quality It’s a telling, if depressing, insight into just how febrile the clamour around the pay of UK university leaders has become that the old jibes are back. Specimen: What’s the difference between a university vice-chancellor and a […] … learn more→

This is how to stop students dropping out of university

This is how to stop students dropping out of university

The new university academic year will soon be upon us. Over half a million new hopeful students will begin what should be one of the most important experiences of their lives. Sadly, many of these students will drop out before the end of their first year. Research indicates that if you are the first in […] … learn more→

Australians pay more for education than the OECD average – but is it worth it?

Australians pay more for education than the OECD average – but is it worth it?

Australians value education, so when looking at the OECD’s Education at a Glance 2017 report, it’s not surprising to see we spend more on education than average among comparable nations. However, it’s worth noting where the money comes from. A closer look at the data shows public funding for education in Australia is much less […] … learn more→