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GLOBAL
UN’s zero draft of SDGs 'is vague on boosting science'
The recent ‘zero draft’ of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals document directly references the need to improve science and technology skills and capacity in developing countries, with developing country delegates to the UN hoping that those will not be sidelined or weakened in subsequent negotiations.
GHANA
Graduates must be less fussy to resolve joblessness
As joblessness rises across Africa, Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama has identified the refusal of graduates to accept jobs they consider below their status as one problem that has to be solved if the dream of getting more graduates into employment is to materialise.
TUNISIA
Progress for higher education, but less so for women
Tawfik Jelassi, Tunisia’s minister with responsibility for higher education and scientific research, gave an assessment of the sector for the previous 100 days, setting out progress and priorities including university elections, high graduate unemployment, and planned new institutions and research departments. Meanwhile, a report has found that women are under-represented in Tunisia’s highest university posts.
AFRICA
UEMOA pledges help for member country universities
The Commission of the West African Economic and Monetary Union, known by its French acronym UEMOA, is offering support for higher education to member countries so they can achieve international standards. And a partnership between UNESCO and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie will develop educational ICTs in eight universities in UEMOA countries.
SUDAN
Women’s research and innovation network launched
A network for Sudanese women researchers has been formed, to highlight the successes of women in science and to enhance their contribution to innovation and economic growth.
NAMIBIA
First masters in gender and development studies
The University of Namibia has admitted its first batch of students into a new masters degree programme in gender and development studies, kindling hope of new solutions to gender-related problems that include violence in which scores of women have been murdered.
AFRICA
Carnegie grant for postgraduate training in Africa
A US$2.6 million grant to support the training of postgraduate students in population sciences and public health in 10 universities across Africa has been made by the Carnegie Corporation of New York.
DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF CONGO
Online graduates receive diplomas
Fifteen graduates of the digital Campus Numerique Francophone of Kinshasa have received their awards for successful online studies, including certificates for completing massive open online courses or MOOCs.
ZIMBABWE
Student leaders in court following February protests
Zimbabwean prosecutors have charged 11 student leaders for breach of the peace or bigotry following protests held in the capital Harare in February. The trial has highlighted possible divisions between moderates and hardliners in President Robert Mugabe's government.
GHANA
Anger over university's efforts to control road use
A law that allows the authorities of the University of Ghana to prevent people who are not members of the institution from entering its premises has come under attack on several fronts, after a booth was erected at the main entrance to control road use.
AFRICA
Student protests in Burundi and Cote d'Ivoire
Student unrest has broken out in Burundi, where students went on strike over reform of their grant system. And in Cote d'Ivoire, students have been protesting over lack of housing - 18 months after universities reopened after two years of closure.
TANZANIA
German support boosts academic staff qualifications
Nearly 100 staff at the University of Dar es Salaam have benefited from a German government-supported initiative to assist staff to obtain postgraduate degrees, as the institution pushes to improve the qualifications of its academics.
SENEGAL
Union protests World Bank claim they are paid too much
Senegal's higher education union SAES has written a letter of protest to the president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim, after the bank's country director claimed salaries of Senegalese lecturers were five times higher than those of academics in the United States, and called for them to be reduced.
MAURITIUS
Animal groups demand end to macaque experiment exports
Two animal rights and anti-vivisection organisations, the British Union for the Abolition of Vivisection and Animal Defenders International, have called on the Mauritius government to halt the export of macaque monkeys to laboratories abroad for experimentation.
BENIN
Human rights abuses precipitate university closures
Public universities in Benin were recently closed in protest against human rights abuses and corruption. The country's three academic unions joined an indefinite strike by civil servants that paralysed the public sector from late last year.
BOTSWANA
New private university launches alumni association
An alumni association has been launched by Botswana's newest private university, with the aim of linking its staff and students to the country's well-do-to resource-based economy.
KENYA
First private college set for university status
A middle-level private college is set to make history in Kenya later this year when it transforms into a university – a first for a private college in the East African country.
SOUTH AFRICA
Five new high profile research chairs awarded
The University of the Witwatersrand will from this year host five new chairs in the areas of migration, diversity and health under the prestigious South African Research Chairs Initiative.
KENYA
Unhappiness over lack of qualifications' recognition
This year James Ngugi, a primary school teacher, should have begun enjoying the fruits of his ‘labour’ and recouping some of the money spent studying for a diploma in early childhood development, a popular course for teachers keen on improving their lot.
TANZANIA
Government spends US$38 million on research facilities
Tanzania’s government has spent Sh61.2 billion (US$38 million) on rehabilitating agricultural research institutions and on the Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology. The aim is to increase higher education and research capacity so that the country can become self-sufficient in scientific expertise.
AFRICA
Kenya set to build Pan African University facility
Kenya is set to begin construction of the facility that will house the East Africa satellite campus of the Pan African University – the higher education flagship project of the African Union – at the host Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
ZAMBIA
Construction of military university to begin soon
Zambia is to start constructing a military university by the end of this year, as the country prioritises defence and security studies. The decision follows the establishment of a military university in September last year by neighbouring Zimbabwe.
AFRICA
Final grant for RISE postgraduate training initiative
The Regional Initiative in Science and Education, RISE – a major project aimed at boosting higher education in Africa in sciences and engineering through postgraduate training in university-based networks – has been granted US$5 million for three years from its major donor.
TANZANIA
University responds to gas deposit find with courses
The Dar es Salaam campus of Tanzania’s Mzumbe University, in collaboration with Stellenbosch University in South Africa, is preparing masters degrees in managing huge projects in mining, gas and oil. Tanzania is exploring gas deposits found recently, and has sent students to Brazil for oil- and gas-related studies.
MALAWI
Public and private university students to access loans
Malawi has crafted a Higher Education Students' Loan Bill that will benefit students attending both public and accredited private universities. Previously, only students at state-run universities could access loans.