A total of 332,000 students are set to start the new academic year in Tunisia, according to the Minister of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Information and Communication Technology, Taoufik Jelassi.
Algerian universities are ready to cater for an extra 62,000 students, with nearly 6,000 new lecturers to be recruited and increased provision of student accommodation and services, according to Higher Education and Scientific Research Minister Mohamed Mebarki.
Morocco is to open its first private, multidisciplinary university for medical students and health professionals. l’Univesité des Sciences et de Santé de Casablanca will be located in Casablanca and will open by 2016.
Egyptian authorities last week sent the Islamist president of a state-run university into retirement for alleged irregularities.
The government of Côte d’Ivoire has launched a campaign to recruit higher education lecturers with online teaching skills to fill an estimated 2,500 vacant posts. Meanwhile, a new institute of nuclear medicine specialising in cancer treatment is due to open by the end of the year in Abidjan.
Plans for a new university campus at Dundo in Angola have been presented by the education authority of the University Luej-a-Nkond.
More than half of Moroccan teenagers who are approaching the school-leaving baccalauréat exam are planning to enrol in a public university, according to an inquiry that also found advice and guidance for school students on suitable courses was seriously lacking.
Senegal’s leading University Cheikh Anta Diop and Airbus Defence and Space have signed an agreement in the fields of health, research and industry, reported Le Soleil of Dakar.
CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC
Collaboration between an engineering and business school in N’Djamena in Chad and the United Nations Refugee Agency – UNHCR – has enabled refugee students from the conflict-torn Central African Republic to continue their studies.
An ‘American-style' university campus near Tunis is being planned under a Tunisian-French partnership. The 40-hectare Cité du Savoir – City of Knowledge – will teach students skills to meet the needs of the Tunisian economy and businesses, reported La Presse.
Morocco and Egypt are to collaborate on 15 research projects in the field of biotechnology, Egypt’s Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research Dr Wael El Degwy has announced.
The rector of the Universite Gaston Berger de Saint-Louis has announced that a Confucius Institute is to open at the university.
Six months after graduating, nearly 450 newly qualified teachers demonstrated peacefully in Dakar, calling on the government to assign them to permanent posts in the public sector.
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.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
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.