05 July 2017

Algeria has become increasingly concerned about the quality of its higher education system and scientific research. An article in University World News by Laeed Zaghlami notes that this is partly the result of the country’s poor performance in global university rankings. In last year’s Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings there was only one Algerian institution, the University of Tlemcen, which failed to break through into the top 800.

The university had very low scores in the THE research and research impact indicators and has also failed to make a mark in the QS and Shanghai world rankings, the US News Best Global Universities and the Round University Rankings.

The Higher Education Minister, Professor Tahar Hadjar, said that various measures would be taken to provide extra resources to improve education and research and to strengthen their relevance to the economy.

These measures are aimed at supporting research and development by private companies, facilitating technology transfer, creating innovation centres, and increasing the number of researchers. However, some experts such as Professor Smati Zoghbi, the president of the Algerian Union of Researchers were skeptical that the proposals would be enough to overcome bureaucracy, incompetence and lack of coordination.

Source:
University World News

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