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CÔTE D'IVOIRE: Violence in run-up to election
Just days before this weekend's second round of the presidential election, students in Cocody were attacked by young activists from the RHDP political grouping because they did not support the right candidate, according to press reports. Meanwhile, the US Ambassador warned there would be no future scholarships under its Hubert H Humphrey programme "without a democratic election".
MADAGASCAR: University lecturers' strike continues
The university lecturers' and researchers' union SECES maintained its strike action this month, keeping up demands for payment of research allowances and other remuneration.
AFRICA: Continental student mobility scheme expanded
The major expansion of a pan-African student mobility scheme was announced in Cape Town last week. The European Union has committed EUR35 million (US$46.5 million) to the Mwalimu Nyerere African Scholarship Scheme, which is aimed at promoting student exchange and stemming the African brain drain. It will provide scholarships for 250 postgraduate students to study in another African country.
BOTSWANA: New science university languishes in limbo
The new Botswana International University of Science and Technology, BIUST, at Palapye 260 kilometres nort-east of the capital Gaborone, faces further delays and a reduction in its vision to be a world-class university. New decisions by the government could alter its scope and direction, and it looks very unlikely that BIUST will be able to open before August 2011.
AFRICA: Lessons from US foundation collaboration
A "highly unusual" 10-year higher education partnership between seven US foundations, each with its distinct brand of organisational culture, leadership style and mission, is guaranteed to generate interesting lessons and valuable advice for future collaborations.
SOUTH AFRICA: Academics, executives embrace dialogue
There is a dearth of critical voices on what direction higher education should take. More often than not academics and executives do not share views although they are fighting for the same purpose. When the two 'sides' met at Rhodes University in South Africa for a second round-table last month, the debate was wide-ranging - and included how to continue talking.
NIGERIA: Teachers oppose salary differentials
Strikes are sweeping across Nigerian universities in a dispute over salary differentials. Teaching in most of the state universities has been disrupted although federal universities continue to run lectures.
EGYPT: Trouble at university divides academics
When a group of lecturers pushing for the independence of universities in Egypt went to Ain Shams University, the country's second biggest public higher education institution, they did not expect to be chased by armed youths, spark campus protests and have a brush with the law. But that is what happened and the incident has divided the academic community.
KENYA: New university to help ease admissions crisis
A new institution called the East African University was granted an interim operating licence last week by Kenya's Commission for Higher education. The Ugandan-owned private university offers opportunities for thousands more Kenyan school-leavers to access higher education and should help ease a serious admissions crisis.
SENEGAL: Parliament debates higher education
Parliament has approved the budget for higher education, universities, regional university centres and scientific research - with the hope that prompt payment of students' grants through speeding up the banking process will avoid a repetition of strikes and disruption.
EU-AFRICA: Tap development funds for research
A senior South African diplomat has called on the European Union to consider the economic development created in Africa by research investments, when weighing overseas funding priorities.
ZIMBABWE: Academic vacancies in health still high
Zimbabwe's brain drain crisis is still at "unacceptable levels" despite recent efforts to redress its crippling effects, new figures released by a parliamentary committee have shown. Universities remain hard-hit.
DR CONGO: Private institutions get state approval
Confusion in the private sector of higher education over obtaining state ratification of staff grades has ended following evaluation by the Ministry of Higher and University Education, reported Le Potentiel of Kinshasa.
MADAGASCAR: Lecturers' union locks students out
Members of the university lecturers' and researchers' union Seces announced 'unlimited' strike action, locking all six universities, preventing students from taking examinations and withholding results of those who had already taken them, said press reports.
SOMALIA-CANADA: Forgiveness in scholarships
Eleven young Somali women, who did not have the means to go to university and who all want to use their education to help their troubled country, are on track to undergraduate degrees and attending classes this semester thanks to the efforts of a Canadian woman who had been brutally held captive in their country.
SOMALILAND: Government plans to plug brain drain
Somaliland's Higher Education Minister Zamzam Abdi Adan has suggested the need for a strategy to encourage students completing higher education studies abroad to return to home on graduation. The number of students attending foreign institutions is said to have soared in the past decade.
SOUTH AFRICA: A progressive higher education agenda
The focus of higher education in South Africa has been on policies and reforms and their impacts. What is sorely needed, says Adam Habib, Deputy Vice-chancellor of the University of Johannesburg, is engaged executives who critically reflect on their managerial experiences "leading to lessons that can advance a socially progressive higher education agenda".
AFRICA: Continent-wide data centre by next year
South Africa is spearheading activities to collect and curate research data about the African continent in an effort to shrug off its data-poor image.
ZIMBABWE: Manhunt for 'wanted' student
Zimbabwean police have launched a manhunt for a University of Zimbabwe student who faces the death penalty for allegedly plotting a coup against long-time autocratic ruler President Robert Mugabe in 2007. The student was previously released from prison when not tried within the required six months, but a judge has now said he is still a wanted man.
ISLAMIC STATES: Boosting higher education cooperation
The 57 member states of the Organisation of the Islamic Conference, or OIC, have adopted resolutions for promoting a culture of knowledge, scientific research and innovation, according to a declaration made in Kuala Lumpur in October.
EGYPT: Universities in fix over police removal
As advocates of university independence celebrate a landmark court ruling ordering the removal of police guards from campuses in Egypt, leaders of government-run universities are considering the costs of recruiting civilian guards.
NIGERIA: Universities hit by accreditation crisis
The withdrawal by Nigeria's National Universities Commission of the accreditation status of some academic departments in several universities, effectively closing many courses with immediate effect, is set to affect hundreds of students. The move has prompted universities to contemplate measures that would save them from further sanctions from the government regulatory agency.
KENYA: Major dispute could lead to lecturer strike
Kenya's 5,000 lecturers in public universities are locked in a major dispute with the government over the sacking of a union boss by one of the institutions and growing tribalism in employment in state universities. The tussle threatens to erupt into a strike next week, which could paralyse learning in the country's seven public universities.
AFRICA: Universities get US$130 million for health
The US recently announced awards worth US$130 million to universities in a dozen African countries that seek to train at least 140,000 health workers over five years.
KENYA: $12.5 million PEPFAR grant for Nairobi
The US government has extended a US$12.5 million grant to the University of Nairobi to boost medical training, potentially plugging the country's biting shortage of qualified health sector personnel. The funding will help strengthen medical training and increase the number of trained health workers in East Africa's biggest economy.