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New digital initiatives to boost higher education
Morocco recently launched two digital initiatives – a doctoral catalogue system and a platform for massive open online courses – both aimed at promoting scientific research at universities and facilitating access to higher education.
New curricula for land governance challenges
Guidelines for the development of curricula on land governance are being drafted to assist institutions of higher learning to develop education and training programmes that will equip graduates with the skills needed to address Africa’s land governance challenges.
Bilateral higher education plan unveiled
China and Egypt have unveiled a higher education cooperation plan that includes setting up a joint institution, networking among universities, and promoting student and academic mobility programmes.
Ministerial plea fails to end strikes at six universities
Non-teaching staff from Uganda’s six public universities have refused to heed a ministerial call to end their strike over a salary enhancement, thereby delaying the start of university for thousands of new students due to begin their first semester.
Graduate joblessness is a manpower planning problem
The growing number of unemployed graduates in Ghana is not because the country is producing too many graduates but because there is no manpower planning to feed sectors of the economy, says Clement Dzidonu, president of the Accra Institute of Technology.
Law for first national space agency approved
Egypt’s cabinet has approved a draft bill to establish a space agency that will promote the development of space technology, science and engineering capacity, and space research and education in universities. It will be Africa’s fourth space agency.
Accusations of state corruption over Chinese computers
Students in Cameroon were allegedly bribed to take part in a march to thank President Paul Biya for providing them with 500,000 Chinese laptops – an operation, said critics, that smacked of corruption and for which taxpayers would have to pay FCFA75 billion (US$127.5 million), a sum that could have been better spent.
Jobless academic self-immolates after wares confiscated
Jobless academic Imad Al Ghanimi died after dousing himself with petrol and setting himself alight in response to having the goods he intended to sell as an informal trader confiscated by Tunisian police.
Students support (cautious) data mining to boost success
Mining big data as a mechanism for boosting student success may be an acceptable tool for South African higher education institutions – provided the person collating that personal information is trustworthy in the students’ eyes.
New AUF accord to develop digital higher education
The government of Côte d’Ivoire and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie have signed a framework agreement to develop digital higher education through a programme to provide equipment and training, and to increase the skills of teaching staff.
Higher education struggles under multiple pressures
Higher education in Comoros continues to struggle under growing student demand, high graduate unemployment, poor infrastructure, brain drain and inadequate levels of teaching, learning and research, according to experts. But support is on the way, with plans for branch campuses of two foreign universities.
US$11 million to train Africa’s future ICT leaders
Carnegie Mellon University has received US$10.8 million from the MasterCard Foundation to help train the next generation of technology leaders and entrepreneurs at its campus in Rwanda. The grant is expected to benefit more than 125 academically talented but economically disadvantaged students from across Sub-Saharan Africa.
Intercontinental higher education consortium launched
An international consortium of elite higher education institutions has been launched in Fes, Morocco, dedicated to “promoting education, culture, research, entrepreneurship and innovation on an intercontinental scale”.
Africa-Turkey higher education partnerships unveiled
Africa and Turkey have unveiled a higher education cooperation plan that includes setting up a joint university, networking among Turkish and African universities and enhancing student and academic mobility.
Universities to forge links with African counterparts
Egypt plans to designate 2017 as a year of African cooperation in higher education, research and innovation with a view to enhancing the capacity of universities, increasing academic staff and student exchange, and promoting joint research and projects.
Arrests for fraud in leakage of examination papers
Scores of officials have been arrested in Algeria and Morocco, and charged with fraud for alleged involvement in leaking of school-leaving baccalauréat examination papers.
Medical school mulls teaching humanities
The medical school at Egypt’s state-run Suez Canal University has unveiled a plan to teach humanities, including fine arts and philosophy, in an attempt to enhance communication between junior doctors and patients.
French forge university governance, research partnerships
The global French-speaking universities' association, Agence universitaire de la Francophonie, has forged new partnerships that will boost higher education in Africa – with Cameroon to improve university governance, and with the French Research Institute for Development to support research masters and projects in Africa.
African Union issues US$9 million research grant call
The second phase of the African Union Research Grants has been launched with a call for proposals for research into food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture. US$9 million will be allocated for research this year, and more next year under the US$20 million initiative supported by the European Union.
Law students strike over selection to masters degrees
Students in the faculty of law and politics at Senegal’s Université Cheikh Anta Diop of Dakar went on strike in May demanding that all graduates who have passed a first degree should be entitled to enrol for a masters course – as has been the case until now.
University services head denies corruption allegations
The director of the centre providing student support services to Senegal’s biggest university has denied allegations of financial irregularities made by the national anti-corruption office.
Skills deficit a barrier to economic growth – World Bank
Cameroon’s ambitions to become a middle-income economy by 2035 are more likely to be realised if the country invests heavily in specialised higher education in engineering, technology and computer-aided management, according to a World Bank report promoting a demand-led approach to skills development as a strategy for industrial take-off.
CAMES ministers agree to harmonise university curricula
Ministers from CAMES – the African and Malagasy Council for Higher Education, which represents 19 Francophone African states – have agreed on measures to develop higher education.
French connections boost HE for leaders and employment
The African Training and Research Centre in Administration for Development and France’s elite HEC business school have signed an agreement to train leaders and high-level officials. Meanwhile, the director of the new Conakry-based EFGM, the first France-Guinea institution specialising in professionally oriented degrees, describes its founding and French influence.
Row over university’s closure of nuclear centre
A decision by the state-run Cairo University to close a nuclear energy centre has sparked a controversy as Egypt is planning to build its first nuclear plant. The university board voted for the centre’s shutdown, citing its lack of economic and scientific feasibility.