Goolam Mohamedbhai

Goolam Mohamedbhai is the former secretary-general of the Association of African Universities, the former president of the International Association of Universities and the former vice chancellor of the University of Mauritius. He is currently a member of the governing council of the United Nations University. Lately his main interest has been African higher education about which he has written and spoken widely. His latest publication on that topic is The Effects of Massification on Higher Education in Africa (AAU, 2008).

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September 6, 2010
The 26 August 2010 edition of the online magazine of the Times Higher Education reports that a study carried out by Prof. P. Whiteley of the University of Sussex, UK found that, using data of 30 OECD countries over the period 2000-08, there was no significant relationship between a nation’s economic growth and the number of tertiary students enrolled in science and technology (S&T) subjects. In particular, the study found that the correlation between the percentage of students enrolled in engineering and manufacturing courses and economic growth is negligible.
July 18, 2010
In May 2010 the University of Nairobi in Kenya closed down indefinitely after violent unrest and looting in the streets by students over disputed student elections. The disturbances were allegedly caused by external interference of local politicians in the students’ elections. A year earlier, in March 2009, it was Kenyatta University, also in Nairobi, which closed down after students’ protest over the set deadline for examination registration. The incidents resulted in one student dead and serious destruction to university property.


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