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Raila Odinga, Kenya’s prime minister between 2008 and 2013

Cost of Kenyan university education ‘turns millions into paupers’

Former presidential candidate says institutions must deliver courses more cheaply and that student loan burden must be eased

Somali National University students, Mogadishu

Doing it themselves: the rebuilding of Somalia’s higher education sector

The ineffectiveness of the Mogadishu government is not stopping university leaders from trying to drive up standards

Ali Bongo Ondimba, president of Gabon.

Gabonese president to give away inheritance to build university

Ali Bongo Ondimba donates property in Libreville to state, free of charge

Thabo, Mbeki, South Africa, Africa Universities Summit,

Thabo Mbeki on the future of African universities

The full text of the former president of South Africa’s speech at the THE Africa Universities Summit

Table Mountain behind a construction site in Cape Town, South Africa

African collaboration helps future leaders master public policy

Twelve universities across the continent are offering course aimed at next generation of development professionals

Adebayo Olukoshi, director of the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning

African higher education must 'prioritise public mission over private gain'

Senior figure at UN-established agency questions role of for-profits and says universities should be at centre of debates on continent's future

Participants in the Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit

‘Shun mediocrity’ to stem African brain drain, universities told

THE Africa Universities Summit hears that scholars may be tempted back by improved standards, better facilities and a welcoming atmosphere

Africa map on canvas

Africa university ranking 'could drive sector's development'

Conference hears that bespoke THE measures could help to incentivise improvement and attract public funding

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A meeting of African minds

Editor John Gill reflects on the inaugural Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit

Africa Universities Summit,

News blog: The challenges facing Africa’s higher education system

Chris Havergal blogs from the Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit

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Top 30 African universities: Times Higher Education reveals snapshot university ranking

Institutions from 10 countries feature in a top 30 that previews what a new ranking, being discussed at the Africa Universities Summit, might look like

12 things you should read if you’re interested in global higher education

From the most international universities in the world to how demographic change will shape 21st-century higher education

Thabo, Mbeki, South Africa, Africa Universities Summit,

Thabo Mbeki: African universities must show they can aid development

Former president of South Africa addresses inaugural THE Africa Universities Summit

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Roaming between networks

From Africa to the UK, countries must find ways to capitalise on the global ebb and flow of today’s mobile scholars

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South African student leader spared sanction for Hitler comments

University of Witwatersrand describes statements as 'abhorrent' but defends freedom of speech

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Africa’s female leaders are ‘expected to act like mothers’

Women who head universities say their gender is an extra job

Jameson Hall, University of Cape Town, South Africa

South African institutions top THE Africa rankings pilot

Times Higher Education creates a top 15 table for Africa’s academies ahead of the inaugural THE Africa Universities Summit on 30-31 July

Men working on laptops, Obalende District, Lagos, 2010

Africa’s self-starters need fresh pedagogical approach

Sub-Saharan universities must adapt to the shifting career aims of their future graduates, study suggests

Rhodes’ statue falls, but toxic legacies linger

As the statue of Cecil Rhodes is removed from the University of Cape Town, South Africa’s academy still needs monumental change, says Martin Hall

Kenyan police officers take positions outside Garissa University College

Kenya attack highlights universities' vulnerability

A deadly attack at a Kenyan university demonstrates that higher education institutions are a “soft target” for terrorists, campaigners have said.

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China continues to advance, but Japan dips in Shanghai Jiao Tong ranking based on research strength

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Six academics share their experiences before delivering a verdict on the system

There are some important dos and don’ts to bear in mind when choosing someone to oversee your doctoral thesis, advises Tara Brabazon