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ALGERIA
Preparations for a smooth start to new academic year
Algeria’s Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Tahar Hadjar said his ministry had brought together “all necessary human and material resources” to ensure the enrolment process for new students would run smoothly. Meanwhile, the University of Ouargla has announced 156 new doctoral positions across a range of fields in the new academic year.

As well as unions and student representatives playing their part in the enrolments process, Hadjar said the ministry had adopted a new electronic system to speed up operations, in which each student would be given a national user name which they would keep for the duration of their university education, reported the Algérie Presse Service or APS.

He also promised that the 2016-17 academic year would lack the pressures of previous years, thanks to new educational facilities in several provinces.

He had made inquiries into student concerns, and in particular conditions at University Mohamed Akli Oulhadj, where 23,000 students were enrolling for the new academic year, reported APS.

He had found the situation there ‘calm’ following provision of additional facilities for about 2,000 students and a further 1,500 beds.

Meanwhile at the University Kasdi Merbah Ouargla, the vice-rector for external relations and cooperation Mourad Kourichi told APS that 156 new training positions for doctoral students would be opened in the new academic year.

They were being offered in the fields of earth and world sciences; law and political science; arts and foreign languages; physical and sports activities; social and human sciences; science and technology; natural and life sciences; economics, business and management; arts and Arabic; and mathematics and computer science.

APS added that Ouargla would be catering for 6,100 new undergraduates, bringing its total student roll to nearly 30,000. There was a total of about 1,200 teachers at all levels.

* This article is drawn from local media. University World News cannot vouch for the accuracy of the original reports.
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