For effective change, all stakeholders need to recognize the importance of critical thinking

For effective change, all stakeholders need to recognize the importance of critical thinking

Dr Kendi Muchungi discusses the importance of iterative approaches and gaining high-level buy-in to new pedagogical approaches in East African universities.

Jennifer Sesabo.

East African context is important for appropriate higher-education frameworks in the region

Dr. Jennifer Sesabo of Mzumbe University in Tanzania shares her experiences from working on quality assurance initiatives across East Africa and the importance of understanding and addressing local contexts for effective and sustainable projects. Contextual understanding across four institutions in Uganda and Tanzania also underpins the TESCEA approach to ensure that changes to curricula and pedagogical approaches are appropriate and help enable students to leave university with the skills needed for the workplace and wider society.

John Young's article.

From community-based livestock services to equitable knowledge ecosystems

New INASP Executive Director John Young shares how his journey from delivering livestock services to promoting the use of appropriate evidence in policy has demonstrated the importance of supporting the whole research and knowledge system and his hopes for INASP going forward.

Harriet Mutonyi of Uganda Martyrs University.

University courses should support critical thinking skills to help address national needs

The TESCEA partnership is helping young people in higher education in east Africa develop the critical skills they need for employability and positive contributions to wider society. Harriet Mutonyi of Uganda Martyrs University shares some of the challenges that the project is hoping to address.

Discussions in Bangladesh.

Towards an equitable research system for Bangladesh

In October and November 2018, INASP and national partners organized a series of dialogues in Africa and Asia to explore how national research systems could be made more equitable by overcoming prevailing challenges. In this post, Haseeb Md. Irfanullah writes about recent work in Bangladesh to develop a shared vision for the country’s research system.

Bangladesh dialogue event.

Stakeholders from across research system agree bold vision for research excellence in Bangladesh

Representatives from across the research and knowledge system in Bangladesh gathered earlier this month in Dhaka to develop a vision for a more equitable research system within the country and for a stronger role in the global research landscape.

Ethiopian Academy of Sciences.

What is needed for an equitable research system in Ethiopia

Dialogue event in Ethiopia next week will bring together members of national research institutions, policy institutions and government within Ethiopia to explore approaches to enable an equitable research system in the country.

Critical thinking course screenshot.

Online course and blended learning help students develop critical thinking skills

Veronika Schaeffler shares reflections from INASP’s experiences of developing and piloting an online course to help students improve their critical thinking skills

Images from Bangladesh.

Bangladesh dialogue event considers a roadmap to research excellence

Next week in Dhaka, a dialogue event, hosted and developed by Bangladesh Academy of Sciences (BAS) and INASP, will bring together members of national research institutions, policy institutions and government to consider the challenges in the research system in Bangladesh and within a wider global context

Uganda dialogue event.

Uganda dialogue event on enabling equitable research system – Communique

Last week, over 70 participants from research and policy institutions, public and private universities and civil society organizations met in Kampala to discuss approaches to strengthen the impact of Ugandan research on national development by developing a more cohesive and equitable system. The event resulted in a communique about the vision for a strong research system in Uganda.