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TUNISIA
Organisations create 'anti-Zionism observatory'
A dozen associations and political parties have announced the creation of an “observatory to control Zionist infiltration into Tunisian universities”.
AFRICA
AUF selects higher education and research projects
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.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Failed students vandalise University of Kinshasa
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.
SENEGAL
President calls on universities to lead in development
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.
SENEGAL
United Nations University institute to open in Dakar
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.
COTE D'IVOIRE
Student arrest and campus police cause tension
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.
AFRICA
Angola and South Africa plan closer scientific cooperation
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.
MADAGASCAR
Universities switching to Bologna-style system
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.
SENEGAL
Student unrest at Thiès and Lomé
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.
BENIN
Students fear wasted year as lecturer strike continues
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.
AFRICA
Nigeria joins African Virtual University
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.
ZIMBABWE
Mugabe appoints first female higher education minister
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe has appointed the country’s first female higher education minister, Dr Olivia Muchena.
SUDAN
University funded to map livestock genes
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.
SENEGAL
Unemployed graduates demonstrate for jobs
Unemployed graduates have been demonstrating in the Senegalese capital Dakar against the government’s failure to provide them with jobs.
BURKINA FASO
Arrested students freed, parents want campuses opened
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.
MAURITIUS
New regulatory head faces Indian university problem
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.
MAURITIUS
Controversy as university fires new vice-chancellor
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.
SENEGAL
Too many law students hold up start of academic year
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.
MADAGASCAR
Protests over plan to sell campus land for golf course
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.
COTE D'IVOIRE
Institutions’ coffers empty, hunger strike by students
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.
MADAGASCAR
Students to return from China after grants not paid
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.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Scientific staff call strike over pay differentials
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.
CAMEROON
Sub-standard private medical schools to be closed
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
Expansion of medical studies and research announced
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.
MADAGASCAR
New university to fill higher education gap
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.