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NIGERIA: Campuses reopen after six-month strikes
Academic activities are set to resume, amid student jubilation, at Nigerian universities where staff unions have been striking for the past six months in protest over living and working conditions. The strikes, at some of the country's state universities, had led education regulatory bodies to prohibit them from admitting students for the 2011-12 academic session.
MALAWI: New law aims to regulate private universities
Malawi is gearing up to pass higher education legislation that will regulate the accreditation of private universities. This is in an attempt to ensure appropriate standards are maintained at these institutions, and also to make sure they do not exploit students excluded from public universities due to a government quota system.
ZAMBIA: Sixth national development plan launched
Zambia has launched an ambitious five-year national development plan, with a focus on higher education and science aimed at improving access to university education and expanding science and research activities.
NAMIBIA: Med school's 'missing males phenomenon'
The school of medicine at the University of Namibia, which opened its doors in 2009, is finalising admission of a second batch of trainee doctors amid growing concern over the low number of young men who are applying and qualifying to study medicine.
ALGERIA: Maghreb union gets digital science library
In a bid to strengthen higher education science and technology programmes in the five-member Arab Maghreb Union, Algeria's higher education and scientific research ministry, in cooperation with a US research and development foundation, launched the Maghreb Virtual Science Library in Algiers in January.
SENEGAL: No room for 'thousands' of students
Senegal is unable to find places for all its young people entitled to higher education, and thousands of school-leavers are seeing their dreams of becoming students turn into nightmares because there is no room for them in universities such as UCAD, the University Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar, reported Wal Fadjri of Dakar.
AFRICA: Centres of excellence develop future leaders
Five Centres of Excellence in Africa established more than two years ago by the German Academic Exchange Service could be part of the answer to the continent's brain drain. There is demand for higher training by students and the centres feel they are yet to reach their full potential. This was the consensus among African and German cooperation partners at their annual networking meeting, held at the University of the Western Cape in January.
GHANA: Graduate jobless up as universities proliferate
As Ghana's President John Atta Mills (pictured) broke ground last month to kick off the construction of two new public universities, aiming to fulfil a campaign promise that helped bring him to power, concern was mounting in government and higher education over a proliferation of private institutions and - with a booming student population - the prospect of graduate unemployment.
CAMEROON: Expansion plan for Douala University
A big expansion programme is the priority for the University of Douala this year, the rector Bruno Bekolo Ebe (pictured) has announced.
GABON: New university will relieve overcrowding
A new university is to be built in Boué, in the north-eastern province of Ogooué Ivindo following a government decision taken this month.
GLOBAL: Worldviews - Media and higher education
University World News has teamed up with the US paper Inside Higher Ed and Canada's Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the Ontario Confederation of University Faculty Associations to host an international conference examining the complex relationship between media and higher education. The innovative event will be held in Toronto in June.
SOUTH AFRICA: Black graduates quadruple in two decades
In a country still struggling to overcome the legacy of apartheid education, data reflecting a four-fold increase in the number of black African graduates from South African universities since 1991 has been hailed as an indication of a successfully transforming higher education sector.
KENYA: Government shuts down bogus colleges
Last week Kenya shut more than 100 unaccredited colleges, sending shock waves through the country's academic community as the government delivered on its promise of cleaning up the higher education sector.
ZAMBIA: Building and upgrading set to widen access
Zambia has started constructing a science university. This was revealed in the 2011 education policy, which also detailed the establishment of new universities and massive construction and upgrading at institutions across the country aimed at increasing access to higher education.
ZIMBABWE: Outcry over lecturer pay increases
A 130% salary hike for public university lecturers has sparked an outcry and a notice of strike action by other state employees as government prioritises academics against a background of crippling brain drain.
ZIMBABWE: Student grants scheme suspended
Zimbabwe has suspended the newly introduced student grants scheme due to political bickering, as parliamentarians push for the abolition of President Robert Mugabe's separate and controversial scholarship fund, which supports a privileged few to study at foreign universities.
MALAWI: Student discontent over strict new loan terms
Malawian students are up in arms with the government after it introduced a punitive loan scheme on the back of the treasury losing millions of dollars due to defaulting alumni who had previously been extended a helping hand.
SOUTH AFRICA: African Doctoral Academy launched
Promoting human development by helping to counter the effects of the graduate brain drain and the decline of scholarship in Africa are the cornerstones of the African Doctoral Academy, which was formally launched this week at Stellenbosch University in South Africa.
TUNISIA: Inequality, unemployment as Ben Ali leaves
Blighted by unemployment, inequalities and a higher education system ill-matched to the job market, Tunisia is examined by the French newspaper Le Monde. In a supplement devoted to the country following the departure of President Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali, the paper also interviews academic Khadija Mohsen-Finan on other problems faced by young Tunisians and talks to four students who intended to stay on in France, but are considering returning home now circumstances have changed.
ASIA-AFRICA: Joint research to improve food security
A £20 million research initiative, to exploit science to improve food security in the developing countries of Africa and Asia, has been launched by UK and US research funders working with the governments of the UK and India.
AFRICA: Technology transfer trends boost universities
The Ethiopia-based United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, ECA, has found evidence of rapid growth in the rate of Africa's industrial technology acquisition, which could support the current drive to promote investment in research and development and higher education through enhancing university-industry-government partnerships.
SOUTHERN AFRICA: Partnership model leaves legacy
The legacy of seven-year-old international agency Development Policy Review Network, DPRN - created by the Netherlands and Belgian governments to close the gap between science, policy, practice and the corporate sector - includes emphasis on partnerships that benefit all parties. The agency has used this same win-win model in its collaboration with research colleagues in Africa, Asia and South America.
MADAGASCAR: New ICT and business institutions
IT University, a new private institution specialising in information technologies, has opened in Andoharanofotsy, in the suburbs of the Madagascan capital Antananarivo. And a French businessman has promised to build a business school which will educate young Madagascans free of charge.
SENEGAL: USAID agricultural project launched
An agricultural education and research project was launched this month by the United States Agency for International Development, USAID, and the Senegalese government, reported the Agence de Presse Sénégalaise of Dakar.
SOUTH AFRICA: Massive growth in post-school places
In its push to expand participation in tertiary education, the government announced last week that opportunities for South Africans who passed school-leaving examinations in December would grow by 56% this year. And under political pressure to provide free higher education, President Jacob Zuma promised students on state loans a free final year if they graduate.