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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Catholic medical students protest against high fees
Medical students at the Catholic University of Health and Allied Sciences in Mwanza, Tanzania, have protested against the low funding they receive from the government, saying it is far less than the charges the university imposes. This is a widespread problem for students at private institutions.
Initiative to boost research on climate change
A United Kingdom-funded £4.85 million (US$7.9 billion) programme on researching impacts of climate change in Sub-Saharan Africa was launched recently, aimed at boosting African research capacity and the number of climate change papers published by Africans in international journals.
Algeria, South Africa to set up bio-research centre
Algeria and South Africa have agreed to set up a regional research centre for biotechnology, in an effort to boost research and skills training in this field in their and other African countries.
Lecturers take ministry to top court in test case
Zimbabwean lecturers are to initiate a test case in the Constitutional Court, established six months ago to protect academic, labour and other rights. Their decision to act came after the Ministry of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology defied court orders to reverse its decision to suspend, fine or transfer 31 lecturers following a strike.
Economic development plan has a higher education focus
Egypt has launched a development plan, Egypt 2022, which stresses the importance of higher education in sustainable, knowledge-based economic development.
Government bows to pressure to award student loans
The government of Tanzania has bowed to pressure from a group of prospective university students who called on the Higher Education Students’ Loan Board to provide them with funding for the new academic year after many qualifying students missed receiving loans.
Top Namibian scientist lands global geoscience post
The University of Namibia’s Professor Benjamin Mapani has been appointed the first African to chair the influential Commission on Geoscience for Environmental Management of the International Union of Geological Sciences.
Police University to enrol first students next year
A new university that aims to add depth to the abilities, professionalism and intellectual capacity of the South African Police Service will open next year in Paarl near Cape Town.
University students may delay mandatory youth service
School-leavers in Tanzania will be able to enrol in higher education before attending mandatory National Youth Service training – but only after writing to the military for permission to postpone – the government has said.
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.