South African Universities Offer HIV Treatment

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In this week’s news roundup we speak about Turkish president’s goal of establishing all-female universities, universities in South Africa that offer HIV treatment and the scholarship program in Zambia.

Sign in the grounds of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University

Turkey wants to establish all-female universities

Turkish Minute reports that Turkish president called the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) to establish all-female universities. The statement was recorded in Ankara, during the ceremony for foreign students who graduated from Turkish universities. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan also mentioned his latest visit to Japan and how big number of universities are exclusively for women. He said: “Ten percent of some 800 universities in Japan are exclusively for women. Turkey should do the same thing. I’m telling the chairman of YÖK to start work on this. It is very important.’’

South African universities offer HIV treatment

Mail & Guardian reports that a number of South African universities are offering critical antiretroviral therapy (ART) medication to their students living with HIV. In this way, students do not have to spend money, travel far away and face the stigma. The Cape Peninsula University of Technology was the last university that announced this news. Thuthukile Mbatha, a researcher at the nonprofit organisation, Section27, said: “We usually see low numbers of people, especially young people, being able to stay on treatment. One of the reasons for this is inaccessibility of clinics that provide ART. Having ART provided on campus means that students would not have to miss a day of school waiting at the clinic for their treatment, they can just go in between classes. Students will also not have to spend on transport.”

Scholarship program in Zambia

Chronicle reports that Zambian president Emmerson Mnangagwa promised to establish a new scholarship program to support Zimbabwean students who want to continue their studies at the University of Zambia (UNZA). Mnangagwa’s Government believes that education is one of the key ingredients for industrialization and tranformation of economy. He added: “As a proud alumnus of this university, I am aware that this is the highest recognition that a university can award an individual. To give other young people the opportunity to experience learning at this great institution, I will be awarding Presidential Scholarships to deserving candidates to study at the University of Zambia.”

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