Give up or carry on? Being an academic in South Sudan

Written by:  David Malual W. Kuany. Posted on: March 21, 2016 David Malual W. Kuany discusses the difficulties encountered by universities in the world’s newest country Register now to attend the Times Higher Education Africa Universities Summit When South Sudan became independent in 2011, there were hopes that higher education, and education in general, would top the national spending priority list. …

Dubai wants to be ‘world’s happiest city’

Written by: John Keenan. Posted on Wednesday, March 16, 2016 The United Arab Emirates recently appointed its first ‘minister for happiness’, underlining Dubai’s ambitious plan to become the happiest city on the planet. But a new report suggests there is still much work to be done. Dubai’s ambition to become the “world’s happiest city” by the end of the decade has …

The environment gets its day in court

Written by: KATE EVANS. Posted on: March 14, 2016 The message was clear: Don’t think you can get away with it. In 2012 Indonesian palm oil company PT Kallista Alam sent 1000 hectares of Sumatran peat forest up in flames so they could use the land for agriculture. The fires in Aceh’s Tripa forest threatened wildlife and human health, and sent …

India Looks to Battery Storage to Supplement Its Solar Boom

                Written by: Mike Stone. Posted on: March 14, 2016 For the first time ever, India is putting out the call for energy storage developers. The state-run Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) is seeking bids for a 750-megawatt solar park at Ananthapuramu in Andhra Pradesh. In order to supplement the massive series of …

The Indispensable Escapes: The Experiences of a Refugee

You are reading this brief disclosure because of your interests in refugees and displaced persons. No one wants to be a refugee! It is a very painful life mostly fill with lots of sufferings. So, we should continue to embrace those who are refugees and other displaced population not because we feel sorry for them, but because they are humans …

Sanitation is Namibia’s neglected stepchild

Written by:   Lahja Nashuuta. March 10, 2016 Windhoek, Namibia – Every year on November 19, the global community observes the World Toilet Day, an event designated by the United Nations (UN) to raise awareness about the people in the world who don’t have access to proper toilets, despite the fact that it is a human right to have clean water and …