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14 February 2011

africa globeThe Ugandan Ministry of Education has sent at least 43 air tickets to evacuate study-abroad scholarship students in Egypt following political unrest in the country.

Following a R450-million revamp, hopes for the University of Johannesburg's Soweto campus to become an internationally recognised South African university might soon be realised.

Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda, was ranked the best university in Africa outside South Africa in the Webometrics Survey.

Students and management at the University of Limpopo Medunsa Campus met to discuss students' concerns following unrest at the campus.

Tweeting could be used to improve academic performance by allowing students to communicate with lecturers and have online group discussions with other students, according to a study at Lock Haven University in Pennsylvania in the US.

Gainesville State College in Georgia in the US has removed an art professor's painting from public view, after it was deemed too controversial because it includes the Confederate battle flag.

A district attorney in the US charged 11 University of California students for their alleged roles in organising and orchestrating a protest in which an Israeli ambassador was repeatedly heckled and eventually shouted down.

Despite continuing unrest in Egypt, the American University in Cairo started its spring semester on February 13.

A student at Youngstown State University in Ohio in the US was killed and 11 other people, including six Youngstown State students, were wounded when gunfire erupted during a weekend party at a residence near the campus.

As e-reading devices gain popularity, professors and students are struggling to adapt them to using proper citations. The Kindle, for example, does away with page numbers entirely.

Sources: AllAfrica, Times Higher Education, The Chronicle of Higher Education.

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