The President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, announced in his budget speech last month that tertiary education in the fields of science, technology and education will be free, describing it a "historic milestone for us as a nation."
Students surveyed in refugee camps have said studying empowers them, however a lack of access to materials, inflexibility on the part of overseas professors and insufficiently contextualised curricula are proving challenging.
Xi Jinping, has announced that China will provide 30,000 government scholarships for African students as well as 2,000 educational opportunities with degrees and diplomas, to strengthen ties and cooperation with Africa.
A new scholarship programme, has been launched to help fund rural community development internships in Uganda. Students from around the world can apply, and 15 will be awarded with full or partial scholarships.
Young people in the Dadaab refugee settlement in Kenya will receive interactive lessons from such high-profile figures as Malala Yousafzai, as part of an education initiative by the United Nations Refugee Agency and the Vodafone Foundation.
Times Higher Education, producers of the World University Rankings, have released a snapshot of their preliminary rankings of universities in Africa. Based on research influence alone, South Africa dominates the list.