With the need for Côte d’Ivoire to rebuild its higher education and research system following violent crises that closed public universities for two years, the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research has asked the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie to lead a project to modernise and reform the system.
A first round of 33 African-born academics working in North America have been selected for 31 projects at 24 universities across Africa under the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program – and a deadline for new applications is looming. Scholars in the diaspora are supported to return to Africa for academic collaborations initiated by African institutions.
Kenya has upped spending on public universities by a meagre 5% for the new fiscal year starting in July, potentially slowing down expansionary projects. Allocations to universities will increase from US$624 million to US$658 million, according to new budgetary estimates.
Harmonisation of the governance systems of higher education institutions in the eight countries of the West African Economic and Monetary Union is among recommendations of a report on how improved governance in the sector could boost socio-economic development.
A trial of isoniazid preventive therapy plus antiretroviral therapy to prevent tuberculosis has shown safety and efficacy in patients with HIV, say researchers at the University of Cape Town in a study published in The Lancet. Tuberculosis is the biggest cause of morbidity and mortality in people infected with HIV in Africa.
Following violent confrontations between police and students at the University Cheikh Anta Diop – Senegal’s leading university – the Minister of Higher Education and Research Mary Teuw Niane told the media the crisis was “necessary” and “even predictable”.
The recent deaths of some Nigerian students in Ghana shattered the ‘Eldorado’ perceptions of Nigerian parents towards Ghanaian tertiary institutions. Subsequent critical assessment of Ghana’s institutions has highlighted their good, bad and the ugly sides – along with the extraordinary news that there are now some 75,000 Nigerians studying in Ghana.
A three-year higher education Tuning Middle East and North Africa – T-MEDA – initiative was launched last month in four fields including tourism, nursing, law and architecture. The project was unveiled at an event in Jordan and outlined by the Association of Arab Universities.
Kenya is set to boost its pool of desperately needed high-level health care professionals after the Ministry of Health approved seven public and private higher education institutions to train doctors. It is hoped that expanding medical training will stem a shortage that has been frustrating the country’s health care plans.
There were hopes for a return to calm a week after violent confrontations between police and students led to severe damage to property on the campus of Senegal’s top Université Cheikh Anta Diop. Students were continuing an indefinite strike, although 22 who had faced charges in court were released.
The gates of universities in Benin have been thrown open after a more than three-month public sector strike ended. Lecturers had come under pressure to resume work, and some of their demands had been met, with the rest being investigated by the government.
The Senegalese government is satisfied with progress in carrying out its reforms under the Presidential Council on the Future of Higher Education and Research. But there are delays in accomplishing some important measures, according to press reports.
Administrators at Derna University in Libya have agreed to build a wall across the campus to segregate women and men students, following threats from radical Islamists.
Recognition that universities - and research universities in particular - are critical to development and to building knowledge economies will enable Africa to grow its prosperity for the next 50 years, African Union chair Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma said last week.
Egypt's state-run universities, hit by months of anti-government protests, have brought forward end-of-year examinations by three weeks - drawing angry reactions from students.
Egyptian lecturers and academic freedom groups have called on international human rights organisations to support the release of detained academics and students and a halt to violations of rights in universities, in a report that also records the deaths, arrests or fleeing of 212 academics.
Kenya is seeking to audit its science and technology offering, hoping to ride on its growing role as a regional hub for emerging technologies.
Egypt's universities, rocked by months of anti-government protests, have toughened up on security following deadly explosions near the country's largest academic institution. Dozens of students involved in protests have been expelled in recent weeks.
Kenya's government has launched a major initiative to train senior university managers including council members, vice-chancellors, their deputies, deans, heads of departments and managers in a strategic project funded by the African Development Bank.
The United States is to expand a scholarship programme for Tunisian students and has agreed to create a centre for technological innovation and establish a Tunisian-American permanent committee for bilateral cooperation in the field of higher education and research.
The European Commission will double the reach of the Harmonisation of African Higher Education and Tuning activities in the next three years, expanding the Tuning work and adding an extra support strand covering quality assurance and accreditation.
An unprecedented case of mass sexual harassment at Egypt's biggest public university has sent shock waves across the conservative country. A video, which went viral online, showed a woman being harassed by dozens of male students on the campus of Cairo University.
Universities and research centres in African nations once ruled by the British are much more scientifically productive than those in former Belgian, French, Italian, Portuguese and Spanish colonies, according to a just-published study.
The nine African countries involved in the Square Kilometre Array, or SKA - the huge international astronomy research project - met in Pretoria last week and gave the green light for a readiness plan that will include developing a community of scientists to undertake radio astronomy studies across Africa.
Zimbabwe's Presidential Scholarship Fund has been suspended for lack of money. It currently owes South African universities more than R11 million (US$1million) in fees for hundreds of students, many of whom have been suffering hardship.