Field Work in Nigeria

In October, Prof Parvati and Prof Ashley went to Lagos and Abuja in Nigeria to collect data on the state and nature of Higher Education in that country.  This research forms part of the IDEAS project as Nigeria is a case study country for the project.  Their aim was to build up an understanding of higher education in a very diverse and complex country and they met some wonderful and interesting people along the way.

Nigeria is a fascinating place with a long and rich history, higher education is multifaceted and one of the oldest independent universities in Africa, the University of Ibadan, is located in the country.  However, Nigeria has a host of institutions, from full universities to polytechnics and private institutions.  Despite the number of institutions, only about 30% of the 1.7 million applicants a year are awarded a place in Universities.  

Parvati and Ashley really enjoyed their time in Nigeria, they met a number of people and visited many universities and government offices.  From the National University Commission, to the Ministry of Education, the National Open University (NOUN) and the University of Lagos, a warm welcome was always extended to them.  They were invited to the National Bureau of Statistics launch of the National Educational Data and met the Deputy Director of Education and the Vice-Chancellor of NOUN.

As part of the visit, IDEAS had offered to conduct a workshop on Online and Blended Module Design.  This workshop was hosted by NOUN and facilitated by Ashley.  Despite a power failure in the afternoon and the loss of the air conditioners, the workshop was well received by the academics who attended it. 

The IDEAS team also had the privilege of a group meeting with the executive management of NOUN, where the project was discussed and the potential for an African dialog between NOUN and UNISA.  This Africa dialog will be a great impact for the project as two mega open distance learning institutions share experiences and expertise within their specific African Contexts.  The trip was a great experience and open the possibilities of further research and collaboration.    


Ashley Gunter













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Oct 19 2017

WISH workshop Cape Town

The WISH (Widening Success in Higher Education) workshop was help in Cape Town from the 10th to the 13th of October 2017. The workshop was a joint collaboration between the University of East London and The Cape Town University of Technology, and was funded by both the British Council and the National Research Fund.

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Oct 10 2017

8th ANIE International conference Rwanda

October saw the advent of the 8th African Network for the Internationalization of Education’s international conference in Kigali Rwanda. The IDEAS team took this opportunity to present some of the ongoing work at the conference.

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Sep 21 2017

IDEAS Coming together to learn and share

As part of the International Distance Education and African Students (IDEAS) project, the South African based team went to the United Kingdom to present work at the Royal Geographical Society’s (RGS-IGB) annual conference and then meet the UK based team at Open University for intensive discussions and meetings on the project progress.