A dozen associations and political parties have announced the creation of an “observatory to control Zionist infiltration into Tunisian universities”.
The Central Africa and Lakes bureau of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, or AUF, has started a selection process for higher education and research projects from the region for support from the agency.
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Lecturers in the faculty of economics and management at the University of Kinshasa have stopped work following acts of vandalism and threats against them by students.
President Macky Sall has called on universities to take a key role in bringing about changes necessary for the construction of a 'new Senegal'. In a speech at the naming ceremony of the University Assane Seck of Ziguinchor, he also recalled that the state was providing FCFA302 billion (US$636 million) for new university infrastructure.
The United Nations University is to open a research and development institute in Dakar, the first in Francophone West Africa and the third on the continent. The agreement was signed this month between David M Malone, rector of the university, and Mankeur Ndiaye, Senegal's minister for foreign affairs.
The arrest of a student accused of leading a strike has heightened tension at the University of Abobo-Adjame in Cote d'Ivoire. Meanwhile, students and lecturers at Cocody University are on strike demanding the removal of police from the campus.
Measures to promote the mobility of researchers, academics and students between Angola and South Africa were approved at a workshop on scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries.
With Madagascan universities due to adopt the university degree system based on the Bologna process by 2015, the country’s biggest university – Antananarivo – is preparing to switch to the new structure of three, five and eight years of higher education.
Unrest broke out at the University of Thiès in Senegal, where students were demanding grants that had not been paid for four months. And in Togo’s capital Lomé, police dispersed a student meeting with teargas. Three students were arrested and several injured.
Students in Benin fear a wasted year as lecturers at public universities on an indefinite strike threaten to invalidate the 2013-14 academic year if the government does not accept their demands.
Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, has become the latest member of the African Virtual University, the pan-African intergovernmental organisation mandated to increase access to higher education through online and distance learning.
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has appointed the country’s first female higher education minister, Dr Olivia Muchena.
The University of Nyala in Sudan received US$500,000 from the African Development Bank this month to conduct research on the genes of the country’s livestock.
Unemployed graduates have been demonstrating in the Senegalese capital Dakar against the government’s failure to provide them with jobs.
Fifty students in Burkina Faso who were arrested during violent demonstrations against the closure of university services during the holidays have been granted provisional release by the Ouagadougou appeal court. Meanwhile students’ parents have called for the closed facilities to be reopened.
Indian scientist Ashok Kumar Bakshi is to take over as the new director of the Tertiary Education Commission – and he reportedly faces an early problem concerning recognition of private Indian universities in Mauritius.
University of Mauritius Vice-chancellor Ramesh Rughooputh – the fifth to have been appointed in just four years – has been dismissed with immediate effect. He was accused by the board of having “tarnished” the university’s reputation.
As some parts of UCAD, the Université Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, are finalising the 2012-13 academic year, for masters students in the faculty of law and politics the year has only just begun.
Students, academics and administrative personnel at the University of Antananarivo turned out in strength to protest against the sale of most of the university’s campus to a private company for development as a golf course.
Côte d’Ivoire’s public treasury has failed to replenish the funds of at least two higher education institutions for the past six months, leading to a hunger strike by students at one and researchers being unable to carry out their work at the other.
The Madagascan government will repatriate some of the students who have been studying in China but have not received their grants for 16 months or more, the Higher Education Ministry has announced.
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Scientific staff employed by the Ministry of Higher and University Education have called an unlimited strike across the country, following lack of government response to demands over pay differentials and employment irregularities.
The bodies representing the medical professions in Cameroon have persuaded the government to close down sub-standard private medical institutes and have called for the introduction of a common entrance examination, to ensure quality training. Meanwhile, a lecturers’ union has called a strike to protest over police action against 10 of its members.
Tunisia is planning to expand its medical training and research facilities with the creation of a new pharmacy faculty, the opening of medical and dental faculties in the country’s interior, and three new research laboratories at the University of Monastir.
Universities in Madagascar must announce individually when they will start their new academic year, following disruption caused by strikes that has resulted in the University of Antananarivo only now completing its 2011-12 year.