http://enews.ksu.edu.sa/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/UWN.jpgBy Jane Marshall. Priority for science, technology, engineering and mathematics was among 78 proposals made at a conference of the National Consultation on the Future of Higher Education held in Dakar, Senegal, this month. Another of the recommendations – to increase student fees – led to violent demonstrations in the capital. The conference, attended by academics, unions, parents’ associations, politicians, business leaders and civil society representatives, agreed on recommendations on issues including governance, funding, research and innovation, education quality, internationalisation and opening higher education to the market. The conference, known as CNAES and held from 6-9 April, based its debate on proposals in the steering committee’s preliminary report, itself based on regional consultations, to rescue the higher education sector from its current crisis, reported Ndarinfo of Saint-Louis. Read more...