Volume 20, Issue 2
College Upgraded to Become Country’s Seventh Public University
Western University College of Science and Technology has been renamed Masinde Muliro University to become the first university in Kenya’s Western Province. Approved by a parliamentary bill in December, the new university becomes the nation’s seventh public university. President Kibaki signed the Bill granting the charter for the new university on December 30, 2006. The new university is offering graduate programs in disaster management and humanitarian assistance. Other programs include conflict resolution and peace studies, sustainable development, disaster preparedness and mitigation, criminology, international diplomacy, sugar technology and journalism and mass communication. The university has forged international research links with Coventry University in the United Kingdom and Zhejiang University in China.
China Promises Professors, Facilities for University
Chinese diplomats attending an intellectual forum at the University of Liberia (UL) last month announced plans to provide the institution with support in the form of visiting academics and improved infrastructure. China will provide UL with three new laboratories, 20 visiting professors, computers, and engineering laboratories, according to Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Lin Songtian. Visiting professors and lecturers will teach classes in Chinese language as well as technology. The partnership with China is aimed at boosting agricultural and engineering education at the university and bolstering economic relationships between the two nations.
Business School Enters Global Top 10
The University of Cape Town (UCT) Graduate School of Business has been rated one of the top 10 internationally by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the only African university to ever receive a top-10 berth. Released last December, the results of the annual Economist Intelligence Unit survey placed UCT MBA programs in the top four internationally with a grade of 4.3 out of a possible 5 for its customized programs and in the top 10 in open programs rating a 4.0. Other universities rated alongside UCT included the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and Instituto de Empresa. South Africa’s top business school jumped to 52nd from 66th in the 2007 edition of the Financial Times Global Top 100, released in January.
7 Lawmakers Suspected of Holding Credentials from Bogus Universities
At least seven Tanzanian legislators are suspected of holding credentials from unaccredited institutions, according to The East African newspaper. The newspaper reports that the actual number is likely much higher and that the credentials were obtained from institutions operating online. The newspaper reports that the problem of fraudulent academic credentials in Tanzania is not confined to politicians or those in public service; it is endemic in many other fields such as medicine and engineering. Officials from the Tanzania Commission for Universities (TCU) told The East African that they were assessing the certificates, diplomas and degrees awarded by various institutions to determine their authenticity before taking legal measures against those suspected of holding bogus credentials. Furthermore, the TCU has instructed all MA and Ph.D degree holders to present certificates obtained abroad for authentication. The Commission has also published a document Degree Mills to educate people about fraudulent documents from bogus institutions.
The East African
Universal Secondary Education Introduced
Plans Afoot for Construction of Indian University
Beware Forged Makerere University Documents
An investigation by a committee of Makerere University deans has uncovered massive forgery, bribery and extortion in the Academic Registrar's office, confirming fears that hundreds of forged transcripts are in circulation. As a result, the university senate is considering the recall of all transcripts for verification in an effort to eliminate false ones, New Vision newspaper reports. According to the deans’ report "Makerere University transcripts are especially easy to forge, as they have few security features. The forging business is big and goes beyond the gates of the university."