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CONGO
Programme launched to perfect students’ English
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.
MAURITIUS
National federation to help students with problems
Student unions at three universities are joining forces to offer help to all students in Mauritius who are experiencing ‘problems’.
CONGO
Students in Russia issue alarm over worsening conditions
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.
CAMEROON
59 masters students graduate from Pan African University
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.
TUNISIA
Attacks on Congo students spur anti-racism legislation
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.
SENEGAL
Ziguinchor students lift strike for improved services
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.
BURKINA FASO
Students help devise first masters course in food security
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.
AFRICA
African Virtual University launches centre in Cameroon
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.
SENEGAL
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.
SENEGAL
Private HE must promote itself better – Institute head
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-LESOTHO
Bilateral agreement signed on HE and research
Algeria and the Kingdom of Lesotho have signed a memorandum of understanding to strengthen their bilateral cooperation in higher education and scientific research.
ALGERIA
Students demand action to solve university problems
The students’ Union Générale des Étudiants Libres has called on the authorities to open a dialogue to find "realistic" solutions to students’ problems commonly encountered at most universities.
CAMEROON
Police and students clash at Buea University
Police clashed with students at the University of Buea during a student demonstration protesting about unpaid bonuses and against penalties imposed for late payment of fees.
NIGER
Students clash with police at two universities
Students in Niger have clashed with police at two universities in protests against national teacher strikes and the late payment of grants.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Minister orders fees freeze after student protests
Following two student demonstrations in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Minister for Higher and University Education Théophile Mbemba has ordered universities not to increase fees or other charges this academic year.
BURUNDI
Blog urges minister to order respect for academic year
A blogger has called on the education minister in Burundi to restructure the higher education system and require universities to respect the academic calendar.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Minister calls for political neutrality in universities
Minister for Higher and University Education, Théophile Mbemba, has called on universities to respect the principle of political neutrality.
ALGERIA
New cooperation projects with Cuba and Mauritania
Algeria and Cuba have signed eight conventions on health and higher education, covering areas including development of vaccines, animal experimentation and technology transfer. Meanwhile, Algeria and Mauritania are planning to cooperate in programmes in the fields of oceanography and aquaculture.
CHAD
Student protests spread against abolition of grants
Student protests that have been taking place for several weeks against the abolition of grants have spread from the capital N’Djamena to the provinces.
MAURITIUS
New American Campus to offer ‘global’ higher education
An American Campus is to open in Ebène, a ‘cybercity hub’ 15 kilometres south of the capital Port Louis, giving Mauritians the opportunity to follow American courses without having to move to the United States.
ALGERIA
Plan to open universities to their ‘surroundings’
As more than 1.6 million students prepared to start the new academic year in Algeria, Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Tahar Hadjar announced a development plan to open universities to their surroundings.
NIGER
Lecturers hold second strike to claim pay arrears
Lecturer-researchers from Niger’s public universities were last week due to carry out a seven-day strike – the second this month – over salary and research allowance payments that they claim are in arrears.
COTE D'IVOIRE
Researchers urged to improve efforts in projects for prize
The higher education and scientific research minister was not impressed by the quality of research presented by candidates for the government’s annual Research Prize of 2015.
MADAGASCAR
New research plans respond to nation’s needs
Four major plans have been launched for the development of research to respond to the nation’s socio-economic needs in the sectors of renewable energy; agriculture and food and nutrition security; human health in relation to biodiversity; and environment and climate change.
MADAGASCAR
Students warned to avoid unauthorised institutions
The Higher Education and Research Minister has warned new students to make sure they enrol in higher education institutions that are authorised and accredited by the state.