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‘Illegal’ private universities fill demand gap
With public universities in Madagascar able to cater for only 8,000 new students this year, many private institutions without accreditation or authorisation to operate are preparing to offer courses to a large number of school-leavers qualified to enter higher education.
Ministers plan to balance public universities’ debt
Senegal’s government is to introduce a five-year plan to balance the universities’ budget, which is currently showing a deficit of FCFA14 billion (US$27.5 million), reported media in the capital Dakar.
Seven new public universities on the cards
Zambia’s government has unveiled plans to construct seven new universities, to improve currently low levels of access to higher education.
Law deans to create continental collaboration forum
African law deans have resolved to set up a forum for collaboration between law schools across the continent, at a meeting in South Africa where some of the problems facing the schools were highlighted.
Students charged with rioting are held in prison
The Kénitra court of appeal in Morocco ordered 11 students charged with public disorder offences dating from March to remain in prison, while two others were provisionally freed. The trial of the 13 was postponed at the end of August until 10 September.
Education project twins students in two countries
A project to twin private sector lycées – upper secondary schools – and universities in Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire is due for completion at the end of the month, with the aim of bringing together students from the two countries and strengthening regional integration.
Unemployed graduates demand civil service jobs
Jobless graduates in Morocco gathered to break the Ramadan fast outside the prime ministerial residence in the capital Rabat, to protest against unemployment and to demand resumption of talks with the government for their recruitment in the public sector.
Japan funds new vocational and technical courses
The Japan International Cooperation Agency has provided funding of CFA6 billion (US$11.4 million) to increase the provision of the Vocational and Technical Training Centre in Dakar, through the creation of two new courses.
FAO head urges universities to help fight rural poverty
José Graziano da Silva, director-general of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation, has called on universities worldwide to carry out research to tackle rural poverty.
Success of Ouagadougou’s digital campus
The Francophone Digital Campus of the University of Ouagadougou claims to offer the greatest number of open and distance education courses in Sub-Saharan francophone Africa, and provides a wide range of services and resources for its students and lecturers.
Universities prepare for Bologna reform
Preparations are under way to introduce the European degree structure based on the Bologna process to some courses in Côte d’Ivoire with effect from the new academic year starting in September.
New university among plans to promote sport
A sports university will be created as part of President Macky Sall’s plans to promote sport in Senegal during the coming decade.
Stricter controls on agents selling foreign studies
Parliament in Mauritius has voted in stricter controls on agents who recruit students to study abroad, as a measure to protect students from abuse.
Japanese grant to modernise professional institute
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.
Scientist scoops top fellowship for researchers
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.
Student housing left to rot, conditions appalling
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 protest over ‘age limit’ grants
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.
More ‘practical’ higher education planned
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 vote to continue strike
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.
European collaboration in Côte d’Ivoire, DR Congo
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.
Jobless graduates stage sit-in at ministry
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.
Teaching hospitals strike over drugs shortage
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 protest at resits scheduling
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.
Plans to promote and expand higher education
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.