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Government ‘satisfied’ with reforms, despite delays
The Senegalese government is satisfied with progress in carrying out its reforms under the Presidential Council on the Future of Higher Education and Research. But there are delays in accomplishing some important measures, according to press reports.
Wall segregates women and men students at university
Administrators at Derna University in Libya have agreed to build a wall across the campus to segregate women and men students, following threats from radical Islamists.
Research universities to shape Africa's future success
Recognition that universities - and research universities in particular - are critical to development and to building knowledge economies will enable Africa to grow its prosperity for the next 50 years, African Union chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said last week.
Students angry as universities bring forward exams
Egypt's state-run universities, hit by months of anti-government protests, have brought forward end-of-year examinations by three weeks - drawing angry reactions from students.
Call to support academic freedom in universities
Egyptian lecturers and academic freedom groups have called on international human rights organisations to support the release of detained academics and students and a halt to violations of rights in universities, in a report that also records the deaths, arrests or fleeing of 212 academics.
Science and technology audit aims to expand innovation
Kenya is seeking to audit its science and technology offering, hoping to ride on its growing role as a regional hub for emerging technologies.
Universities on alert after blasts, students expelled
Egypt's universities, rocked by months of anti-government protests, have toughened up on security following deadly explosions near the country's largest academic institution. Dozens of students involved in protests have been expelled in recent weeks.
Major initiative to train university managers
Kenya's government has launched a major initiative to train senior university managers including council members, vice-chancellors, their deputies, deans, heads of departments and managers in a strategic project funded by the African Development Bank.
New Tunisia-US higher education initiatives announced
The United States is to expand a scholarship programme for Tunisian students and has agreed to create a centre for technological innovation and establish a Tunisian-American permanent committee for bilateral cooperation in the field of higher education and research.
Europe expands African harmonisation, QA support
The European Commission will double the reach of the Harmonisation of African Higher Education and Tuning activities in the next three years, expanding the Tuning work and adding an extra support strand covering quality assurance and accreditation.
Top university under fire for mass harassment case
An unprecedented case of mass sexual harassment at Egypt's biggest public university has sent shock waves across the conservative country. A video, which went viral online, showed a woman being harassed by dozens of male students on the campus of Cairo University.
Former British colonies achieve higher research output
Universities and research centres in African nations once ruled by the British are much more scientifically productive than those in former Belgian, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish colonies, according to a just-published study.
Science ministers agree SKA telescope readiness plan
The nine African countries involved in the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA - the huge international astronomy research project - met in Pretoria last week and gave the green light for a readiness plan that will include developing a community of scientists to undertake radio astronomy studies across Africa.
Mugabe's presidential scholarship fund suspended
Zimbabwe's Presidential Scholarship Fund has been suspended for lack of money. It currently owes South African universities more than R11 million (US$1million) in fees for hundreds of students, many of whom have been suffering hardship.
Qualifications authority bill goes to parliament
The government has drafted a bill seeking to form a Kenya Qualifications Authority, which will be charged with regulating and standardising all qualifications awarded by universities and colleges.
Five nations pledge support for science, engineering
Five African countries - Ethiopia, Mozambique, Rwanda, Senegal and Uganda - have committed to invest more in science, technology and engineering education to accelerate progress towards knowledge-based societies within a generation. Their pledge last Thursday followed a high-level forum in Kigali co-hosted by the World Bank and Rwandan government.
Leading university suspends two pro-Morsi lecturers
Two Egyptian university professors who worked as aides to Egypt's ousted Islamist president Mohamed Morsi have been suspended from duty for alleged violence and graft, in the latest crackdown on sympathisers of Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.
Mobility partnership with Europe unveiled
Tunisia and the European Union have formally established a mobility partnership that, among other things, will help facilitate mutual recognition of qualifications, enhance the exchange of higher education information and experience, and foster the flow of researchers and students. There are 10 European countries involved in the partnership.
Denmark's research capacity scheme enters second phase
Seven universities in Africa and South Asia will share DKK100 million (US$18.6 million) over three years in the second phase of a Danish-funded programme to build research capacity in the global South.
Cape Verde joins the African Virtual University
Cape Verde has become the latest country to join the African Virtual University, a pan-African intergovernmental organisation aimed at increasing access to quality higher education through innovative use of information and communication technologies.
World Bank rolls out African centres of excellence
The World Bank continued rolling out its African centres of excellence initiative this month, meeting representatives of universities in Nigeria – the country won 10 of the 15 centres – to discuss logistics around how the funding will be disbursed. The project seeks to promote regional scientific specialisation to deliver quality training and research.
India boosts HE cooperation with North Africa
In an effort to expand its ‘Look Middle East’ policy, India has announced a number of initiatives to boost higher education cooperation with three major natural resources-rich North African countries – Morocco, Tunisia and Sudan.
New admissions body to boost enrolment equity
Kenya has moved to reform the way students are admitted to universities by launching a new body that will equitably place learners in public and private universities as well as colleges.
Academics vow to fight national research fund
Ghana’s government has gone ahead and set up a committee to draw up modalities for a proposed national research fund to support the activities of academics – even though lecturers have vowed to fight the fund because it would scrap current allowances.
HE should get lion’s share in post-2015 education
With the deadline for the UNESCO 'Education for All' goals now just two years away, a consensus is emerging that post-2015 global efforts to expand education should focus on the tertiary sector.