Parliament in Mauritius has voted in stricter controls on agents who recruit students to study abroad, as a measure to protect students from abuse.
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Japan has made a US$23 million non-repayable grant to the Institut National de Préparation Professionnel in Kinshasa, capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo, under an agreement signed this month.
University of Namibia-based geneticist Dr Percy Chimwamurombe has been awarded the prestigious Georg Forster Fellowship for Experienced Researchers, placing him among the best scientists from developing and transition countries.
Closed since April 2011 because of a post-election crisis in Côte d’Ivoire, student residences in Port-Bouët in the economic capital Abidjan are in varying stages of neglect and dilapidation, reported http://FratMat.info, which presented an inventory of the five sites.
Students from the University of Omar Bongo in Gabon’s capital Libreville have been protesting for more than a month against the imposition of an age limit for student eligibility for scholarships. Nearly 2,000 over-age students have been disqualified from receiving funds.
Tunisia’s higher education ministry has set up a commission on higher education reform, aiming to make studies less theoretical and more geared to the labour market, reported La Presse of Tunis.
Students in the arts and communications department of the University of Ouagadougou have voted to continue strike action in spite of concessions made by the university authorities, reported Fasozine of Ouagadougou. The students have been in dispute with the university since November over improved facilities.
The Swiss Scientific Research Centre of Côte d’Ivoire is calling for local and other West African researchers to take part in a project to develop scientific cooperation, while Belgium’s University of Liège and the Kinshasa business school ISC Gombe have entered an agreement to develop postgraduate studies in company management and law.
About 200 unemployed graduates took over the Ministry of Education earlier this month, demanding that the government give them written guarantees of work in the public service, reported Libération of Rabat.
Researchers and lecturers at teaching hospitals in Algeria completed their first three-day strike last week, with a second stoppage due to start on Sunday following a general meeting at the Mustapha teaching hospital in Algiers, reported Tribune Online of Algiers. The strike involved an estimated 95% of staff.
Students from the human sciences research unit of the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso have prevented tests taking place because, they claim, the rules for resits have not been followed, reported Le Pays of Ouagadougou.
The Angolan government is to create 6,000 new bursaries in 2012 as part of its policy to promote education, introduced in 2008, Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology Marie Cândida Teixeira has announced. And the Tocoist Church has outlined plans to open a new university later this year or in 2013.