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Accord with France to help expand higher education
An agreement with France to finance the construction and equipping of two higher institutes of professional education and a university specialising in agriculture is going ahead under a programme to expand higher education in Senegal.
Tension over police on campus, after student death
The student federation FESCI at the Université Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, have demanded the removal of riot police from the campus, saying they feared for their safety after the accidental death of a disabled student who was hit by a police vehicle. But FESCI students themselves reportedly nearly lynched the higher education minister.
‘Positive results’ from research cooperation with French
Cooperation in fields of scientific research between Côte d’Ivoire and the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement has shown positive results, said Professor Bakayoko Ly Ramata, the Ivorian minister for higher education and scientific research.
Minister urges university-region development partnerships
Universities in Algeria must become ‘social partners’ in local and regional development, said Tahar Hadjar, minister of higher education and scientific research, during a visit to the Saharan province of El Oued to inspect new university projects.
Rectors draft proposals to modernise higher education
The heads of the seven public higher education institutions in Côte d’Ivoire have drafted proposals for a strategic higher education modernisation plan, in the wake of years of national crises and university closures.
Student representatives appointed after failed poll
Some students at Burundi University believe the rector has a ‘hidden agenda’ after he appointed student representatives to university committees following failed student elections.
Conference anticipates digital higher education future
e-Learning offers a great opportunity for universities to adapt their courses efficiently to the requirements of different categories of students, participants were told at a national conference on digital distance education held in Algeria.
Researchers call for more open access to knowledge
Researchers from across the continent and beyond have called for governments and universities to introduce policies to guarantee open access to scientific knowledge in Africa.
Government initiative to increase number of lecturers
Higher Education Minister Adão do Nascimento has announced the introduction of a training and retraining initiative to increase the number of higher education lecturers in Angola. He also said his ministry would continue to control university fees, to avoid increased charges.
PhD fellowships for Sub-Saharan Africa women scientists
The Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World is offering postgraduate training fellowships for women scientists from Sub-Saharan Africa and least developed countries, to pursue postgraduate research in the natural sciences.
Kenya and South Africa in joint research call
The governments of Kenya and South Africa have invited applications for joint research from scholars in the two countries. There will be R4 million (US$272,000) in funding available under a joint scientific and technological collaboration founded in 2004.
Measures to boost academic working conditions, quality
The government of President Alassane Ouattara has adopted measures to improve working conditions for university lecturers and researchers in Côte d’Ivoire, and to raise the quality of education.
African integration, online courses for top university?
Creating a masters degree in African integration and a doctoral school of the United States of Africa, and introducing courses delivered by direct video ‘streaming’, were among proposals at a conference at University Cheikh Anta Diop, Senegal’s top university.
International meeting debates UNESCO History of Africa
UNESCO is strongly committed to using its General History of Africa project in teaching in African Union countries to highlight the continent’s common heritage, said Angola’s Science and Technology Minister Maria Cândida Teixeira Pereira at the close of UNESCO’s fourth international scientific council meeting on the ninth volume of the publication.
Unions blame each other for university woes
Academic and non-teaching staff unions at the University of Mauritius, the country’s biggest higher education institution, have expressed their mutual distrust in interviews with L’Express of Port Louis, which reported that the university was in chaos.
Union calls strike as state fails on agreements
Senegal’s biggest higher education union, SAES – Syndicat Autonome de l’Enseignement Supérieur – called a 48-hour strike last week in protest against the government’s failure to keep agreements.
Rise in graduate and youth unemployment
Although unemployment nationally fell in Morocco between 2014 and 2015, the jobless rates for young people rose – with nearly a quarter of university graduates registered as unemployed – according to a report from the government’s planning institution the Haut Commissariat au Plan.
Mathematics teacher training programme launched
Cameroon’s ministries of secondary and higher education and the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences launched a Mathematics Teacher Training Programme in January. The pilot initiative will train some 3,000 maths teachers through three higher education institutions.
Union strike threat if government promises not kept
Senegal’s main higher education union SAES – Syndicat Autonome de l’Enseignement Supérieur – has given notice of strike action, demanding that the government respect agreements signed last year. School teacher unions are also threatening industrial action.
Minister negotiates after academic union calls strike
Tahar Hadjar, Algeria’s higher education and scientific research minister, has met representatives of the national higher education union CNES after it called a three-day strike to protest against deteriorating conditions, careers and salaries for lecturers, among other demands.
Student rivalry leads to death and arson at university
Rivalry between student union factions has led to unrest and violence at University Félix Houphouët-Boigny de Cocody in Abidjan, capital of Côte d’Ivoire, with incidents including the death of a student and a suspicious fire.
Allegations of bribery, corruption and sex in universities
Allegations of corruption and immorality within the Congolese university community have been aired in a new book by Kutumisa Kyota, a former education minister and current professor of languages at the University of Kinshasa.
Second call for centre of excellence in oil and gas
The World Bank and Inter-University Council for East Africa have jointly issued a repeat, special call for proposals to establish an Africa Centre of Excellence in the field of oil and gas for the Eastern and Southern Africa regions. An initial call last July failed to elicit a response.
East African Science and Technology Commission launched
The East African Science and Technology Commission has been officially launched in the Rwandan capital Kigali with the aim of promoting and coordinating the development of science and technology in the region.
Students ponder strike action against enrolment chaos
Students at the Université des Comores fear a wasted academic year, and are considering strike action in protest against lack of access to their studies due to financial and logistical problems.