Tunisian Prime Minister Mehdi Jomâa has called for the construction of a new campus for Zitouna University to be speeded up, to allow for the education of an elite in Islamic civilisation.
Experts met in Dakar, Senegal, recently to discuss problems linked to engineering research and the training of engineers in five African countries.
The higher education ministry has introduced a new system of university work placements to increase the ‘professionalisation’ of higher education through a partnership with businesses to improve the provision of work experience in university courses.
The 10-year reform of higher education and research announced in 2014 was already nearly fully implemented, and half the government’s decisions had been completed after only three years, according to the Higher Education and Research Minister Mary Teuw Niane.
Under the repressive regime of President Pierre Nkurunziza, students have ended a month-long strike against a presidential decree changing the system of university grants into one of loans.
In spite of interest in the field, French research into education in African and other developing countries is badly structured and poorly supported, making its findings virtually invisible, a study reveals.
The funeral took place last week of a student who died during student protests which had led to confrontations with police at Abdou Moumouni University in Niamey. The university was closed for five days, and more than 80 students were charged with taking part in an illegal demonstration and other offences, but were acquitted.
An academy of halieutic and marine sciences is due to open this year in Moçâmedes, initially with places for 540 students who will follow a variety of courses, the State Secretary for Fisheries, Antónia Nelumba, has announced.
Promoters of private higher education institutions in Cameroon have set up an association to support and represent the sector.
Two students were arrested in protests against government measures to change study grants into loans.
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Research organisations from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Rwanda are collaborating to intensify scientific research on Lake Kivu, thanks to funding of €1.3 million (US$1.4 million) from the government of the Netherlands.
An online distance programme to train managers for small and medium businesses and industries has been officially launched in Dakar, Senegal, under a partnership between Centre Africain d’Etudes Supérieures en Gestion – the African Centre for Higher Studies in Management – and the Total Group.
An African index of scientific references and publications is being planned on the initiative of the Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa.
Vice-president Manuel Domingos Vicente has called for Angola’s higher education institutions to adopt a culture of hard work to encourage growth, innovation, modernisation and competitiveness.
The Congo-Brazzaville Fulbright Alumni Association and the United States embassy in the Republic of Congo have launched the English Access Microscholarship Program, to perfect secondary school students’ spoken and written English.
Student unions at three universities are joining forces to offer help to all students in Mauritius who are experiencing ‘problems’.
Congolese students in Russia have let out a ‘cry of alarm’ over deteriorating conditions due to inadequate grants combined with Russia’s ‘galloping inflation’. And while about 20,000 students studying at home and abroad qualified for grants in 2016, many of them did not receive the full amount in time because of administrative delays.
Fifty-nine graduates from 19 countries received their masters degrees this month at the second awards ceremony of the Pan African University Institute for Governance, Humanities and Social Sciences in Yaoundé.
Prime Minister Youssef Chahed has called for the urgent introduction of legislation against racism, following knife attacks against three Congolese students in Tunis and a protest sit-in by African students against racist acts and official indifference.
Students at the Université Assane Seck de Ziguinchor have temporarily lifted an ‘unlimited strike’ over inadequate student facilities – the latest in a series of strikes and protests they have been carrying out for nearly two years.
Heads of a laboratory researching food biochemistry and related fields have proposed introducing a masters programme on food security and biotechnology, which does not currently exist in the country.
The African Virtual University has launched an open and distance e-learning centre at the University of Douala in Cameroon, the latest in a series of nearly 30 centres being established in 21 countries to provide students across Africa with greater access to quality higher education.
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.
Private higher education institutions must promote their system and expertise better, as Senegal’s government needs the private sector to enrol more than 20,000 students and to attract students from abroad, says Mamadou Diop, president of the Higher Institute of Entrepreneurship and Management or Institut Supérieur d’Entrepreneurship et de Gestion.
Algeria and the Kingdom of Lesotho have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in higher education and scientific research.