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KENYA
Chancellors moot centralised lecturer appointments
Qualified and reliable lecturers should be recruited and appointed by a central body, according to a proposal by Kenyan university chancellors that seeks to ensure quality education in both public and private universities.
KENYA
Staff strike paralyses public universities
Learning was paralysed last week in Kenyan public universities after unions representing both the institutions’ teaching and non-teaching staff announced a nationwide strike over salaries.
UGANDA
Makerere embarks on headcount to establish numbers
A three-week head-counting process of Makerere University students and staff aimed at establishing the precise number of students enrolled in the institution and eradicating ghost students and workers, got under way last week.
EAST AFRICA
New graduates to assist pastoralists with climate change
Pastoralists in the arid and semi-arid areas of East Africa are at the coalface of climate change impacts. A new cohort of masters graduates from the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania is set to enrich the capacity of these farmers to enhance their resilience to climatic variations and address growing food security challenges.
ALGERIA
Local industries open doors to university partnerships
Despite government interventions and incentives, the weak relationship between academia and industry continues to be an Achilles' heel for universities. However, some recent initiatives are raising hopes about the possibility for more constructive partnerships.
AFRICA
North Africa's research universities on the rise – slowly
Universities in North Africa are starting to join the research universities movement, recognising its potential in fostering innovation, promoting entrepreneurship and developing a sustainable knowledge economy, but they still face significant challenges.
KENYA
University commission wins accreditation battle
Professional bodies in Kenya have lost the battle with the Commission for University Education over who has the final say in the accreditation of university programmes.
ALGERIA
Universities bring new life to the Seventh Art
It is an open secret that the film industry in Algeria is in crisis. Unexpectedly, universities are bringing a fresh new energy to the Seventh Art.
TANZANIA
Loans board tightens screws on student defaulters
The Tanzanian government is seeking legal counsel before it goes ahead and publishes the names and photographs of higher education loan defaulters who have failed to take responsibility for paying back their student loans, while an official task force last week commenced its round of visits to defaulters’ employers.
NIGERIA
Half of companies defaulting on higher education tax
The executive secretary of the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, an agency responsible for funding key projects in public universities, has revealed that more than half of Nigeria’s companies are defaulting on paying a compulsory 2% education tax on profits. As a result, ongoing campus projects may have to be abandoned.
ALGERIA
U-turn as government authorises private universities
In an historical U-turn for Algerian higher education, for the first time since independence in 1962 the country has authorised the creation of private universities. There are reportedly already four applications for private institutions.
KENYA
Universities major culprits in job ‘tribalism’ – Audit
A cloud of restlessness swirls around Moi University, Kenya’s biggest institution by student numbers, after the selection of a vice-chancellor was raucously opposed by senior local politicians. Their problem was ‘tribal’ – Professor Laban Ayiro, appointed in an acting capacity in September, was an ‘outsider’.
KENYA
Government reveals universities' new regulatory regime
President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Kenyan government have issued a slew of new directives and guidelines for universities for the coming year, as the authorities move to tighten the higher education regulatory regime.
ALGERIA
Educational TV to boost university access and quality
Algeria’s first educational television channel, called Knowledge, will be launched next year as part of the country’s efforts to improve the quality of university education through open and distance learning.
AFRICA
Regional climate change masters curriculum launched
An innovative new regional masters curriculum in climate change and sustainable development, which aims to educate and train new generations of researchers, practitioners and decision-makers in the Southern African region to tackle one of the greatest challenges of our time, was launched in Pretoria in South Africa last week.
SOUTH AFRICA
Visa settlement gives green light to ELT industry
Students of 'English as a foreign language' intending to study through recognised English language training, or ELT, providers in South Africa are now eligible for study visas of up to 18 months, in a settlement announced at the end of November between the government departments of home affairs and higher education and training.
TUNISIA
First German university in the Maghreb unveiled
Tunisia is to host an US$85 million German university that will be operational by 2021 and will be the first of its kind in the Arab Maghreb region, which comprises the North African countries of Algeria, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia.
NIGERIA
Public universities paralysed by lecturer strike
Academics in Nigeria have embarked on a one-week ‘warning strike’, shutting down all public universities. They are demanding implementation of agreements struck with former governments for improved lecturer welfare and university funding, among other issues.
TANZANIA
Minister orders loan funds to be released to students
After months of confusion following the discovery of more than 2,000 ‘ghost students’, and a ministerial order issued last week, Tanzania’s Higher Education Students' Loans Board has started disbursing funds to universities, and students have begun settling into studies that had been delayed by the loans saga.
EGYPT
Ministry launches higher education and research strategy
Egypt has launched a higher education and scientific research strategy for 2016 to 2030 that aims to promote science, technology and innovation within higher education institutions and research centres, and to produce industry and market-ready graduates.
EGYPT
Islamic seminary’s violence-hit dorms reopen amid curbs
Al Azhar University – Egypt’s Islamic seminary and the Muslim world’s most prestigious seat of learning – has reopened its main student dormitories, closed for around two years due to violence blamed on Islamist students.
AFRICA
Another graduation milestone for Pan African University
The graduation last month of 26 inaugural masters students from the Pan African University’s Institute of Water and Energy Sciences in Algeria marked another milestone in the actualisation of the African Union-backed institution – and built on successful graduations at the university’s institutes in Kenya, Cameroon and Nigeria.
KENYA
Regulator audit finds universities in funding crisis
Kenyan universities are sinking into a fresh financial crisis, with revelations in an audit that they are operating at huge deficits, hurting the quality of learning. A report from sector regulator the Commission for University Education shows that institutions face a US$100 million budget gap. 
GHANA
Graduates geared for low-skill public service jobs – Study
Universities in Ghana have failed to grow the skills required for high productivity jobs in the private sector and have continued in the traditional mode of producing graduates tailored for public service, according to a World Bank study on employment opportunities in the country.
SUDAN
Academic brain drain threatens university education
Harsh economic conditions during 2016 led to a significant brain drain among university staff in Sudan – including professors and lecturers – that is directly threatening higher education development, according to a new government report.