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Funding plea for HE and research development ‘motor’
Madagascar’s government is seeking contributions from international partners to promote and equip higher education and research to be the ‘motor’ of its national development plan. Among the proposals is a competitive fund for innovation to finance research in priority sectors.
Call for reassessment of research and more funding
Researchers in Senegal have called for a reassessment of research, including the creation of a central research system, and for more state funding to enable them to achieve their objectives. These were among conclusions of a debate organised by higher education and research union Sudes-ESR on “Research and National Research Centres: What directions should Senegal take?”
Dakar university named after former UNESCO head
Senegal’s President Macky Sall has chosen to name Unidak-2, the second public university in the capital Dakar, after Professor Amadou Mahtar M’bow, former director-general of UNESCO and government minister.
Digital university takes shape
A first assessment of Côte d’Ivoire’s national digital university, Université Numérique de Côte d’Ivoire, has taken place, with plans to launch a teacher-training programme for the production of open online courses in September.
New science, technology strategy with UNESCO support
Bruno Jean Richard Itoua, minister of scientific research and technological innovation in the Republic of Congo, has set out key areas to promote scientific research in a strategy based on a partnership agreement with UNESCO.
Engineering students strike in spite of negotiations
Unions representing students at public engineering institutions in Tunisia called an unlimited strike against “unjust, draconian selection processes” which they claimed discriminated against them, compared with students at private schools.
Universities urged to adapt to international demands
Universities in the Maghreb need to adapt to changing international demands, representatives of francophone higher education institutions from Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia were told at the second general assembly of the Conférence Maghrébine des Responsables des Établissements d’Enseignement Supérieur.
University of Ghana launches $37.5 million ICT project
The University of Ghana has launched a US$37.5 million information and communication technology project to support its distance education programme. Deputy Minister of Education Samuel Okudzeto-Ablakwa said the initiative would help to ease pressure on university facilities, especially lecture halls.
Canada forges new HE links in Algeria and Morocco
Canada and Algeria have signed a memorandum of understanding to develop bilateral cooperation in higher education and research, while the Canadian Université de Moncton has opened a bureau in Casablanca, Morocco.
Autonomy plans go ahead, but lecturers strike
Tunisia’s universities council met to put final touches to a project concerning general principles and major plans for the future – while the university lecturers’ union called a one-day strike in protest against the ministry’s refusal to implement agreements signed nearly a year ago.
Project for virtual university launched
The Ministry for Higher Education and Research and the African Development Bank have launched a joint infrastructural development project for Senegal’s Digital University, or UVS, with funding of FCFA3.6 billion (US$6.8 million) over three years.
Senghor University for development of ‘French’ Africa
Egypt’s Senghor University in Alexandria was set up following the 1989 summit of French-speaking countries in Dakar, Senegal, which decided to establish a French-language international university “in the service of African development” to train high-level managers, civil servants and governors at masters level.
Leadership course for students gives job market edge
All students graduating from one of Kenya’s top universities may benefit from a free certificate course in leadership development, designed to give them a competitive edge in the workplace and job market – the first of its kind in the East African country.
Funding and plans for new University Sine Saloum
The government of Senegal has budgeted FCFA65 billion (US$123 million) to establish the new University Sine Saloum in Kaolack, which will specialise in agrosciences. Higher Education Minister Mary Teuw Niane has also announced that a total of FCFA302 billion will be spent on Senegal’s higher education in the next two years.
Investments in broadband and women researchers
Universities in Senegal will benefit from high-speed broadband internet from the end of November, and the government is to allocate funds to support women researchers, according to press reports.
Kenyatta launches first sports coaching academy
Kenyatta University has become the first in Kenya to launch a sports coaching academy, in a move aimed at cementing the institution’s place as market leader in sports education.
International businesses support HE institutions
Two giant international businesses are supporting higher education institutions through agreements between the Total oil company and the government of the Republic of the Congo, and the Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei with a Tunisian university specialising in communications.
Tension as students refuse to leave Barikadimy campus
Madagascar’s Prime Minister Kolo Roger has confirmed his determination to evict students living without permission on the Barikadimy campus of Toamasina University and who are refusing to leave in spite of police on the campus and a court order against them.
New university year – Facts and figures
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.
Plans in place to expand student numbers – Minister
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.
First private medical university to open by 2016
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.
Islamist university president forced into retirement
Egyptian authorities last week sent the Islamist president of a state-run university into retirement for alleged irregularities.
Lecturers with online skills needed for 2,500 vacancies
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.
New university campus planned in Dundo
Plans for a new university campus at Dundo in Angola have been presented by the education authority of the University Luej-a-Nkond.
Teenagers have higher education plans, but lack advice
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.