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Fourth AIMS mathematical sciences institute opens
The African Institute for Mathematical Sciences officially opened a new centre of excellence in the town of Limbe, Cameroon, this month. AIMS-Cameroon became the fourth institute of the growing pan-African network that seeks to drive development on the continent through capacity building in the mathematical sciences.
African maths institute to open campus in Tanzania
Higher education in Tanzania is to be boosted by a campus of the South African-based African Institute for Mathematical Sciences. There are already top-notch AIMS centres training talented African mathematicians in Cape Town, Senegal and Ghana.
Gender commission to help equity in higher education
Zimbabwe is to set up a gender commission that aims to ensure equity in all spheres of society – including higher education.
Development bank grant boosts Pan-African University
The African Development Bank has approved a US$45 million grant to support the nascent Pan-African University to develop an academic network of postgraduate programmes in science, technology, engineering and mathematics across Africa.
Private universities angered by denial of tax breaks
The Conference of Heads of Private Universities in Ghana has kicked against moves by the Ministry of Finance to deny the institutions exemption from tax payment, saying the proposal was detrimental to the interests of university education in the country.
New science and technology university to open in 2014
Eight years after it was first mooted, Malawi's long-delayed specialist science and technology university is expected to open its doors in January 2014.
Medical studies restricted to six accredited institutions
Hundreds of unauthorised private medical schools that had been threatened with closure will after all be allowed to stay open, but will only be authorised to train and award qualifications for health professions other than medicine, dentistry and pharmacology. For these three specialist fields the ministry will set up a single competitive examination for entry to six accredited institutions – four public and two private.
Cuba reaffirms support for educational cooperation
The creation of academic research centres in Angola’s regions featured in a joint memorandum of cooperation in higher education during a visit this month by a high-level delegation from Cuba.
Kenya, Uganda act against popular private university
One of East Africa’s popular private universities has been declared illegal, joining a long list of institutions recently invalidated by the region’s higher education authorities – potentially leaving parents out of pocket and dashing students’ hopes of promising careers.
Doctoral research leads Kenyan to hot Google job
When Shikoh Gitau enrolled as a computer doctoral student at the University of Cape Town in 2010, she never dreamed that by graduation she would have landed a high-flying job at web giant Google, thanks to her desire to provide life-changing solutions through information and communication technologies.
Europe committed to assisting African higher education
The European Union is aware of the challenges that Africa is facing in developing higher education and is doing everything possible to provide the assistance needed, according to the head of the EU delegation in Ghana, Claude Maerten.
Dar es Salaam’s new online system for off-campus study
The University of Dar es Salaam has unveiled the second phase of the African Virtual University multinational support project that will see more students taking undergraduate studies without quitting their jobs.
Regional nuclear education initiative launched
Ghana, in cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA, has launched the African Centre for Science and International Security and is setting up e-learning platforms for nuclear education and training.
New university governance diploma and ‘e-labs’
International partnerships are setting up the first masters degree course in university governance for Francophone African universities, and a project to develop a network of distance education laboratories for teaching engineering in North Africa. The Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie is involved in both initiatives.
Commission allows recognition of prior learning
The Tanzania Commission for Universities has launched a new recognition of prior learning initiative, allowing students with only primary education to be admitted to higher education based on work experience – once they have passed an entrance examination.
Corporate scholarships for higher education on the rise
Corporate bodies in the East Africa region are back awarding higher education scholarships to bright students after a lull of many years. The funding is contributing to the acquisition of high-level skills by students and a guarantee of job placement after graduation.
New committee to probe higher education problems
Malawi’s President Joyce Banda has constituted a special committee to investigate problems affecting the higher education sector and propose corrective measures.
North African higher education initiatives launched
Two new initiatives are under way in North Africa to promote regional and international higher education and research cooperation. The United Nations University is establishing a sustainable development institute in Algeria, and a Regional Environmental Education Group will be set up in Tunisia and Morocco.
China-Africa joint medical research to deepen
China is to deepen joint medical research with Africa, particularly in training African medical scientists.
Untranslatable heritage can be communicated
Nothing is untranslatable, and formal education systems have a huge role to play in preserving cultural heritage. These were the overarching conclusions at the third in a series of all-African workshops on the preservation and transmission of linguistic heritage.
Former minister in court, new-universities dream dashed
Malawi’s former education minister Peter Mutharika has appeared in court on treason charges. With this the dream of his brother, the late president Bingu wa Mutharika, to establish six new universities appears to be shattered. The developments coincided with a demonstration by tertiary students this month over low allowances.
Innovation council to boost university-industry links
The 19 member countries of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, which has a total population of around 400 million people, have formed an innovation council to boost university-industry linkages.
Striking lecturers disrupt public university studies
Students at Ghana’s public universities have had their studies interrupted by strikes over a pay dispute by the University Teachers’ Association of Ghana.
Government wants more women students
Zimbabwe’s government will launch a commission to probe why fewer women than men reach university, with the hope of reversing the trend.
Higher education council finally gets going
Malawi’s government has finally operationalised the National Council for Higher Education, two years after parliament approved it. Lack of action on the council has been stalling the accreditation and regulation of universities.