Campus Africa

AFRICA BUSINESS RADIO  |  Podcast , ±57 min episodes every 2 weeks, 2 days  |  Broadcast schedule  | 
This show looks at Higher Education, Vocational and Technical Training on the African continent seeking to celebrate the progress made thus far and the changing the narrative of Africa’s education system. CAMPUS Africa will have conversations around education, personal development, Entrepreneurship development on campus and lifestyle, finances and keep students informed with any developments in their institutions of higher learning.

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The Classroom of the Future - Alan Goldberg

During the Industrial Revolution, classrooms adopted the traditional design: desks in rows facing a chalkboard. More than 150 years later, most classrooms still adopt this setup. Yet many scholars believe we are in the midst of a new Industrial Revolution characterized by AI, robotics, and the Internet of Things, to name a few elements. Alan Goldberg certified Apple trainer and Director of Education at Apple Premium Reseller, Digicape, recently provided in-depth insight following an education event hosted by tech-giant, Apple. Goldberg believes that in order to truly transform the education system there are two key things that need to take place. First, educators need to view technology, like the iPad, as a tool to augment, modify and refine the learning process – not just a way to replace traditional learning methods. And secondly, educators need to act as a facilitator in the classroom. As he puts it, “technology – while powerful – is simply a tool.” In our chat with Alan, we explore the following: - The current state of the African education system & how technology, with proper application, can be a catalyst for change. - The role of tech – it cannot transform learning if it simply substitutes a traditional tool (i.e. a laptop replacing a paper notebook) – instead, it needs to redefine the entire learning process. Goldberg can share what this means in tangible terms and offer examples. - The potential ramifications of the ‘classroom of the future’ – how will teachers assess work? How will students understanding be measured? - This approach to learning creates new skillsets that will, in turn, create a whole new set of jobs that do not even exist yet. What are these new opportunities that these skillsets will create?
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International Scholarship Programs

There are a number of scholarship opportunities currently available for South African students to undertake studies, research and exchanges in other countries. The Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) coordinates several such scholarships, while others are managed by other international, national and provincial departments or government agencies.
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Evaluating Graduate Development in South Africa

Graduate unemployment is a reality in South Africa. Previously on this show, we had a discussion about Graduate Development in South Africa and today we are continuing this conversation. With more graduations currently taking place in the country, I'm sure, most graduates are asking themselves the question “Whats next?”. Today we have a conversation with Sandiso Mtwazi to understand the how SAGDA plays its part in Graduate Development.  
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AU Youth Division Sets Out Strategy To to revitalize TVET Colleges in Africa

Technical Vocational Education and Training Strategy of the AU Youth Division. The African Union Commission in an effort to revitalize TVET in Africa and to establish a pool of high-quality TVET centers across Africa launched a competition to uncover the 20 most promising models in TVET for the 21st century from the five AU regions. The selected model centers will serve as examples of best practice of TVET in Africa, in order to provide exemplars and learning models for enhancing TVET development in Africa.
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Private Tertiary Institution And Increasing Demand For Higher Education in SA

Over the years we’ve seen more and more matriculants wanting to access higher education institutions. Between 2009 & 2016 university enrolment expanded from about 5% to only 10%. In 2016 only 20% of matriculants were able to register at South Africa’s 24 public universities.With the declaration of FreeFeeHigherEducation Universities and Colleges in South Africa have seen a serious increase in the registration number. The private tertiary sector has an important role to play in helping to resolve this crisis but it is important to position that role correctly.
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How the Fourth industrial Revolution will affect higher education? Prof Tshilidzi Marwala

Forth Industrial Revolution is a term we’ve been hearing a lot about and on this show, we take a look at how it will affect Higher Education from the lecture room to the graduates we produce. The fourth industrial revolution is upon us and it will have a tremendous impact on every aspect of our lives. Prof Tshilidzi Marwala, Vice-Chancellor, and Principal of the University of Johannesburg joins us to discuss this further. This requires that we evolve higher education. Modern universities started as elite institutions owned by religious institutions. During the first and the second industrial revolutions, many universities were formed to bring higher education to the masses. We are in an era where higher education is democratizing because all the materials that one can learn from universities are online, in both text and video formats and can be accessed free of charge if one has a computer and internet. How will the fourth industrial revolution change the university curriculum? Given all these developments, how do we orientate our universities so that they are able to thrive in this era?
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#FreeHigherEducation in South Africa - A Blessing or A Curse?

On the 16th December 2017, President Jacob Zuma announced that the South African Government will subsidize free higher education for poor and working-class students. He said in a statement the previous Saturday that the definition of poor and working-class students will now refer to "currently enrolled TVET Colleges or university students from South African households with a combined annual income of up to R350 000" by the 2018 academic year. Many people have criticized this, by calling it a move to gain political advantage; Some have also said that it is a victory for the #Feesmustfall movement. The question is that, do South African know what they want or not. Another concern is that whether Treasury has the budget to fund this project. Then there’s also the question of why free education is not being more widely rolled out for primary and secondary education students This announcement has certainly sparked a lot of debate within the country. The CEO of Universities South Africa Professor Ahmed Bawa said in an interview universities' major concern was that free education for students of working-class families was not a sustainable model. He said universities were worried about government needing to reverse the model in three years' time.
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Does Acquiring A University Qualification Mean That You Have The Right skills?

The attention of education policy-makers and the international education community is moving away from raising literacy levels and increasing access to secondary and higher education, towards skills required by the workforce to promote economic growth. To help us understand skills development from a South African context; I'm joined by Dr. TS Mashongoane who is the Acting Executive Officer. Skills development is the process of (1) identifying your skill gaps, and (2) developing and honing these skills. It is important because your skills determine your ability to execute your plans with success. Imagine a carpenter trying to build a house. He has the raw materials but lacks good wood-working tools. In an article published by Quartz Africa, African countries are seeing a “brain gain” as young elite graduates give up on the West. "Nearly 70% of African MBA students at the top 10 US and European schools planned to return home and work after graduation, found a survey by Jacana Partners, a pan-African private equity firm. Another study shows nine in ten African Ph.D. students studying abroad plan to work on the continent. Motivations behind the trend are understandable given the once-promising “Africa rising” narrative and the continent being home to some of the world’s fastest-growing economies"
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The Role Of Institutional Research in African Higher Education - Juan-Claude Lemmens

Institutional research is a broad category of work done at schools, colleges, and universities to inform campus decision-making and planning in areas such as admissions, financial aid, curriculum assessment, enrollment management, staffing, student life, finance, facilities, athletics, and alumni relations. Juan-Claude Lemmens, Ph.D., is the Head: Research and Innovation (Higher Education) at the Department for Education Innovation, University of Pretoria. He is co-developer of the Student Academic Readiness Survey, the First Year Experience Survey and the Career App.tizer. Juan-Claude has written two peer-reviewed articles, a chapter in a monograph and multiple technical reports in the areas of academic readiness, learning analytics, engagement, retention, and success. He is the current President of the Southern African Association for Institutional Research (SAAIR), coordinator of the South African Higher Education Learning Analytics (SAHELA) forum and Umalusi consultant to investigate the NSC and University success.
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Algeria is Taking Entrepreneurship To Tertiary Schools - Here is How

GEN Algeria Campus Ambassadors celebrate and shape the next generation of entrepreneurs through activities and competitions in and outside the campus to help them sharpen their skills and connect them to potential cofounders, mentors and even investors. Campus Ambassadors are charged with unleashing the entrepreneurial spirit on their campus.

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