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MOROCCO
Private sector steps in with IT training for growth
The private sector is stepping in to provide higher education in information technology in Morocco, as the government struggles to match demand from the North African country’s growing economy with an output of highly skilled graduates.
TANZANIA
Rapid higher education expansion in development drive
Tanzania has made progress in expanding access to higher education in order to gear young people towards a middle-income economy by 2025, according to a World Bank report. It provides a snapshot of how the East African country is catching up with tertiary education growth trends in neighbouring states such as Kenya and Uganda.
SOUTH AFRICA
Universities must reverse a decline in entrepreneurship
South Africa needed 14% of gross domestic product generated by entrepreneurs to achieve the economic growth rates essential for sustainability and development – and entrepreneurship was a skill universities could be training students – the 17th annual African Renaissance conference heard in Durban recently.
KENYA
Employer poll reveals preferred university graduates
Graduates of the public University of Nairobi and the private Strathmore University are by far the most preferred by employers in Kenya, according to a poll by the Nairobi recruitment firm Corporate Staffing Services. The findings reveal long-held biases among employers and are likely to spark rivalry among universities, as the battle for the best students hots up.
TANZANIA
Young university’s rapid growth despite austerity
In three years the State University of Zanzibar has doubled its student intake, albeit from a low base – from 1,224 in 2011 to 2,489 in 2014. In so doing it has bust the myth that the small island of 1.3 million off the coast of Tanzania cannot support more than one university.
TANZANIA
Open University of Tanzania spreads wings abroad
The Open University of Tanzania is reaching out to higher education institutions in neighbouring countries to establish collaborations that will encourage more international students to enrol for distance learning.
AFRICA
‘Major overhaul’ of higher education ideology needed
After two decades of teaching at the college of veterinary medicine, animal resources and biosafety at Makerere University in Uganda, Professor John David Kabasa has heard enough of the same request. After graduating, many of his students beg him for tips on job opportunities – not only in their field of study; they could do ‘anything’.
AFRICA
Developing sustainable African HE financing policies
In an effort to improve access and encourage needy students to enrol in higher education while at the same time containing government spending, the cost-sharing model has been introduced worldwide – including in East Africa – along with student scholarships and loans.
AFRICA
Higher education quality targeted in new German plan
The new academic collaboration strategy of the German Academic Exchange Service, or DAAD, aims to train more students to become university lecturers, build university capacity, and strengthen research and graduate training. Launched in Germany on 25 June, the strategy will run from 2015 to 2020.
AFRICA
USAID's transformative strategy for higher education
USAID recently launched a strategic framework for building the capacity of African higher education institutions and systems. Research has indicated that the social and private rates of return for tertiary investments in Sub-Saharan Africa are among the highest in the world.
SOMALIA
Academics built university out of the ashes of war
The civil war that devastated Somalia also closed down Somali National University in the capital Mogadishu. But thanks to the determination of a group of academics a new institution arose out of the ashes, the private, non-profit Mogadishu University. From an initial student intake of 225 in 1997, the university has grown to 6,000 students.
AFRICA
Universities must share blame for skills crisis
A World Bank assessment of Sub-Saharan Africa's high-level skills has revealed critical shortages in both numbers and quality - and African universities must share the blame for not meeting the workforce needs of the continent.
GHANA
University makes its mark through quality assurance
The University of Professional Studies, Accra, is determined to make its mark on the international scene through quality assurance, says Vice-chancellor Joshua Alabi. "We were the only African university to subject ourselves to two major programmes - the African Quality Rating Mechanism and Europe's Institutional Evaluation Programme."
BOTSWANA
First private university eyes foreign student growth
Botswana’s first private university, the Malaysian-owned Limkokwing University of Creative Technology – Limkokwing Botswana – has continued to flex its muscles in this diamond-rich Southern Africa nation, taking advantage of a fast growing tertiary education sector.
KENYA
New universities struggle to accommodate students
The room has only three simple beds and a roughly hewn coffee table with an overflowing ashtray, some A4 notebooks and a lot of dust. It is one of 16 student rooms built in a block on a minute piece of land surrounded by a barbed wire fence at Chuka University, until a year ago a former constituent college of Kenya’s Egerton University.
AFRICA
Call for strong links between universities, companies
Should governments in East Africa create laws compelling the private sector to offer internships to students, to enable them to gain practical experience in their fields of study – or should a more cooperative approach guide relations between universities and industry?
NAMIBIA
Twelfth campus takes university closer to more people
Namibia’s President Hifikipunye Pohamba officiated at a groundbreaking ceremony for a long-awaited campus of the University of Namibia in Keetmanshoop. The new campus, 500 kilometres south of the capital Windhoek, will be the 12th set up under an ambitious initiative to take higher education closer to the people and achieve more equitable access.
AFRICA
Landmark historical society meeting held in Botswana
At the height of winter in Southern Africa, a major historical society meeting was held in Botswana following the theme “All for One, One for All? Leveraging national interests with regional visions in Southern Africa”. It was the first time in 48 years that the Southern African Historical Society had met outside South Africa.
AFRICA
Demand drives growth of open learning in East Africa
The increasing demand for access to higher education in East African countries has opened opportunities for universities to develop robust distance education programmes, according to University of Nairobi Vice-chancellor Professor George Magoha.
AFRICA
India back in East Africa to recruit students
After losing out to local universities in the battle to attract East African students, India’s robust higher education sector is back in the region and determined to reclaim its place as a leading destination for African students.
AFRICA
Scientific trend analysis can help inform investment
Analysis of scientific trends can help policy-makers identify areas where cutting-edge science and development priorities collide. These are likely to be crucial areas where, in scarce-resource contexts, investments might make the most difference.
SENEGAL
Dakar university back in the eye of the storm
After a tumultuous academic year because of a teachers’ strike during eight of its 25 weeks, the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar – Senegal’s biggest university – finds itself again in the eye of a storm.
TANZANIA
Nelson Mandela institute to boost science and research
Five years ago, former Mozambican president Joachim Chissano paid a visit to Arusha in Tanzania. It was a step towards establishing an important postgraduate training and research institution – the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology, which was officially opened this month.
AFRICA
African Virtual University makes an actual impact
The African Virtual University is a pan-African intergovernmental organisation operating in 27 countries. “We work with more than 50 universities across Africa,” says Rector Dr Bakary Diallo of the institution with a vision to be the continent’s leading open, distance and e-learning network.
AFRICA
African Development Bank’s human capital strategy
The African Development Bank has opened dialogue on its first human capital development strategy, which focuses on higher education among other sectors. A stakeholder consultation was held in Djibouti from 9-10 September, following a regional dialogue in Burkina Faso in July.