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College funds: over 3 330 billion for the 2023 monetary yr

The budget of the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation for the financial year 2023 amounts to 334 billion 623 million 519 thousand 025 CFA francs, we read in the draft budget 2023 of the said department..

The Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Moussa Baldé, highlighted the performance of Senegalese universities this Sunday while examining his budget for fiscal year 2023, in particular the satisfactory results achieved during Cames 2022. As such, he first mentioned the recognition of Cheikh Anta Diop University in Dakar as the first French-speaking university in Africa. It points out that the ranking takes into account in its development in particular the training offered, the involvement of graduates and, above all, the level of research and innovation. To convince himself of this he will say: “At Ucad, the number of publications is estimated at over 40,000, while the number of citations is around 60,000.” To this he argues that we should rejoice in such a consecration, which, on balance, still proves “Senegal’s Leadership in Higher Education”, he explained. It is also “Thanks to this influence, Senegalese universities welcome nearly 17,000 foreign students each year, a tangible sign of their beneficial attractiveness,” he argued. The minister will say that about the admission capacities of our universities “UCAD receives 23,000 new graduates, Uvs 20,000, UGB and Uasz 3,000 each, Uad Bambey 2,000, etc.” On the subject of university sports, he underlined its central importance for the well-being of the students, while announcing the ambitious sports infrastructure project that the director of COUD wants to implement in order to improve the social conditions of the students. At the same time, he recalled the government’s tremendous efforts in the field of higher education, particularly his department’s budget, which increased from 117,168,128,630 FCFA in 2012 to 258,186,961,675 FCFA in the Project Funding Act (Plf 2023). Come in addition “the expansion of the university map of Senegal, the process of which dates back to 2007 with the creation of the universities Iba Der Thiam of Thiès, Alioune Diop of Bambey, Assane Seck of Ziguinchor”, he explained to the minister. According to the professor “The goal of his department is to create an ISEP in each region.” Regarding the temporary workers’ situation, Moussa Baldé indicated that he would work with his finance and budget colleague to find a solution to the temporary workers’ situation. Regarding the lamented delays in the construction of the Uam, especially compared to the speed noted in the realization of the Abdoulaye Wade Stadium, Moussa Baldé indicates that the works are complete and his services are working to ensure that the students of this university move to this university month January. Regarding the University of the African Future, the minister will say that it is in the project phase, before specifying that the priority objective of his department is to found the Souleymane Niang University of Matam and Eastern Senegal.

Regarding the debt to private higher institutions, he will say. “From 2013 to 2023, the state paid them 55 billion FCFA.” He also reported on the audit conducted in this area, the results of which clearly showed that the state continues to foot the bill, while some enrolled students have long since abandoned their education. In any case, he explains again; “The situation as recently rendered shows claims by these entities to the state in the order of FCFA 15,551,000,000”. With regard to the question of orientation for first-year students, the minister speaks of a system error that often occurs in relation to the difficulties students have in registering on the campus platform. At this point, “Solutions have been found to stabilize this platform”, promised Baldé. Returning to the land dispute between the University of Thiès and ENE, he said he was working to resolve the issue.

JP MALOU

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