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New Dakar university on schedule for 2018
The first phase of the new Université Amadou Mahtar Mbow in Dakar – which is aimed at easing congestion in the Senegalese capital’s other existing public institution – is due for completion in October 2017, according to Baba Bâ, director of maintenance, construction and equipment in the Ministry of Higher Education and Research.

Giving a progress report at the international fair, Foire Internationale de Dakar, Bâ said funding was in place to fulfil all commitments. So the first phase of the new university could be delivered in October 2017, on course for the second phase in 2018, reported Agence de Presse Sénégalaise or APS.

Université Amadou Mahtar Mbow is being built with capacity for 30,000 students to ease crowding at Senegal’s leading University Cheikh Anta Diop, or UCAD, in Dakar.

The new institution will be located on 42 hectares in Diamniadio, a new town under construction outside the capital, and will also house the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the national higher education quality assurance agency.

According to ministry officials, Université Amadou Mahtar Mbow is intended to help the government improve the higher education system by contributing “innovations in the management, courses, research and organisation of higher education institutions”.

Also, it will offer “innovative courses to provide solutions to the specific needs of Senegal, while providing open education to Africa and the world”, reported APS.

It will specialise in sciences, technology, professionally oriented subjects, economics, business and social sciences, with research targeted at action for development and innovation, as well as basic research.

There will be specialised laboratories for researchers and for all government ministries, said Bâ.

Partnerships with other universities had been signed, he said, allowing them the opportunity for expansion and rehabilitation. These included UCAD, Gaston Berger in Saint-Louis, Thiès, Bambey and Assane Seck in Ziguinchor.

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