CHEIKH ANTA DIOP UNIVERSITY (French : UNIVERSITé CHEIKH ANTA DIOP or
UCAD), also known as the UNIVERSITY OF DAKAR, is a university in Dakar
Senegal . It is named after the Senegalese physicist, historian and
Cheikh Anta Diop and has an enrollment of over
* 1.1 Enrollment growth
* 2 Academics
* 2.1 Schools and institutes
* 2.2 Foreign programs
* 3 Student life
* 4 Violence
* 5 Notable alumni and professors
* 5.1 Notable instructors
* 5.2 Notable students
* 5.3 Honorary degrees
* 6 See also
* 7 References
* 8 External links
* 8.1 Official Web links
Cheikh Anta Diop
University predates Senegalese independence and grew
out of several French institutions set up by the colonial
administration. In 1918, the French created the "école africaine de
médecine" (African medical school), mostly to serve white and Métis
students but also open to the small educated elite of the four free
Senegal with nominal French citizenship. In 1936, under the
Popular Front government in France,
Dakar became home to the Institut
Fondamental d\'Afrique Noire (IFAN), an institute for the study of
In 1950s, with decolonisation already looming, the French
administration expanded these schools, added science faculties, and
combined the schools into the "Institut des Hautes Etudes de Dakar".
In 1957, a new campus was constructed as the 18th French Public
University, attached to the
University of Paris and the
Bordeaux . This became the UNIVERSITY OF DAKAR the largest and most
prestigious university in
French West Africa
French West Africa . In 1987, its name was
changed to honor the Senegalese philosopher and anthropologist, Cheikh
Anta Diop .
At independence in 1960, enrollment was 1,018 students, only 39%
Senegalese, with most of the rest from other former French colonies.
By 1976, this number grew to 8,014.
In the 1970s, a time of state financial crisis, funding to higher
education was cut, and international agencies stepped in over the next
decade. Most of this funding, though, went to meet the needs of
primary schools. In the 1990s and 2000s there was a huge boom in
Senegalese primary and secondary education, much of it funded through
international projects. In 1984 around 50% of Senegalese children
received primary education and by 2004 more than 90% did.
In the mid-1980s around 20% of
World Bank funding to Senegalese
education went to higher education, but this figure dropped to 7% by
the mid-1990s. With these projects came severe World Bank
restrictions, dramatically cutting domestic funding available to
university programs. As students who have benefited from primary and
secondary education age,
Cheikh Anta Diop
University has had its
already stretched resources stretched further. Nine thousand
Senegalese students received a Baccalaureate degree in 2000, while
total registration shot above 40,000, for a campus built with only
5,000 dorm rooms.
Despite these pressures
Cheikh Anta Diop
University maintains a
reputation as one of Africa's most prestigious institutions. Most of
the post-independence generation of Senegalese leaders are graduates
of the university, and its alumni teach in universities around the
The education system follows the French pattern, with oral and/or
written final exams administered at the end of the year. All courses
at the university are taught in French, except those in language
departments other than French.
SCHOOLS AND INSTITUTES
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UCAD offers courses of study in Humanities, Sciences, Engineering,
Medicine, Finance, Accounting, and Law. The university awards the
following degrees: B.A., B.S., Ph.D., and D.M.A.
The School of Medicine includes departments of Pharmacy, Research,
and Surgery. The university also encompasses the Institute of
Sciences of the Environment (ISE) and the Institute of Sciences of
The Institut Fondamental d\'Afrique Noire (IFAN), founded in 1936,
remains one of the world centers of
African Studies . The IFAN Museum
of African Arts ' Musée d'Art africain, attached to IFAN, displays
and conserves a world-renowned collection of African arts.
The Centre de linguistique appliquée de
Dakar (Center of Applied
Linguistics of Dakar) at CADU is the regulatory body for the Wolof
Language studies are divided into the following disciplines:
Geography , Letters, Arabic,
Russian, Languages and Civilizations, English, Spanish, Portuguese,
Italian, Latin, German and Linguistics.
The university oversees a language school: Institut de Français pour
Etrangers (IFE). The IFE specializes in
French language studies aimed
at foreign students in preparation for regular courses taught in
UCAD hosts a number of foreign study abroad programs, including ones
Wells College , Indiana
University , and the
University of Oregon in the
United States and numerous European
universities. Participants in the program typically take a required
course in Introductory Wolof and a
French language (if applicable)
course through the IFE in addition to regular university courses
taught in French.
A division of the university offers courses for foreign students in
Senegalese and African studies, including African literature, history,
politics, philosophy, and sociology.
Cheikh Anta Diop University
library building, showing additions, 2005.
CADU is a member of the Federation of the Universities of the Islamic
For foreign students, UCAD requires a minimum age of 18 to enroll in
studies in Pharmacy and a minimum age of 22 to enroll in studies
relating to oral surgery.
UCAD has a diverse student body drawn from many countries including
Ivory Coast , France,
Nigeria , the United States,
Cameroon , Belgium, and the United Kingdom.
As with a number of other African universities, UCAD occasionally
experiences student strikes protesting government or university
policies. These strikes generally last not more than one or two weeks
but may be longer, as occurred during the 1993 presidential election.
With over 60,000 students and only 5,000 dormitory rooms, most
students from outside
Dakar must look for other accommodations. Many
students live in the
Cité Aline Sitoe Diatta , near the university
campus, and those who can't afford Dakar's often high rents often
The university has had a number of notable incidents of violence. A
Senegalese LGBT organization noted in 2016 that ten cases of
homophobic mob violence had occurred at the university since 2012.
One of these, following a riot at the university, resulted in the
death of the student who was suspected to be gay. The riot followed
an attempt to apprehend the student, who had sought refugee in the
university's bank and security office Separately, self-immolations
and clashes between students and police have been reported after
students unsuccessfully demanded scholarships or challenged grading
NOTABLE ALUMNI AND PROFESSORS
Abdoulaye Bathily , former government minister and President
candidate, Professor of History.
Souleymane Bachir Diagne , Senegalese philosopher, former
Vice-dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy.
Khady Sylla , Senegalese novelist
Louis-Vincent Thomas , French sociologist, anthropologist,
ethnologist, former professor.
Abdoulaye Wade , Former President of Senegal, former dean of the
law and economics faculty.
Simeon Aké , former Ivorian Foreign Minister and UN Ambassador.
Barthélémy Attisso , guitarist and lawyer.
Sangaré Niamoto Ba , Minister of Mali
Sékou Ba , former
Burkina Faso Minister of Animal Resources
Sokhna Benga , Senegalese novelist and poet
Emmanuel Bombande , cofounder and executive director of the West
Africa Network for Peacebuilding , Chair of the Board of the Global
Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict
Yayi Boni , President of
Ousmane Camara , former Senegalese Chief Justice.
Awa Marie Coll-Seck , former Senegalese Minister of Health.
Mbaye Diagne ,
Senegalese Army officer and a United Nations
military observer credited with saving many lives during the 1994
Rwandan Genocide .
Souleymane Bachir Diagne (Philosophy), professor at Columbia
Salif Diallo , Master of Law, Burkinabé political leader.
Cheick Sidi Diarra , United Nations
Special Adviser on Africa and
High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked
Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States (OSAA/OHRLLS).
Ousmane Tanor Dieng :, International Relations, Law; first
Secretary of the Socialist Party of Senegal, vice-president of the
Abdou Diouf , 2nd President of
* Mamadou Diouf , historian of
Cayor , former CADU professor, and
African Studies at Columbia
Adebayo Faleti , Nigerian Poet, Writer and Actor.
Ibrahima Fall (politician) : former Foreign Minister and professor
Teguest Guerma , Medical Post-Doctorate, Associate Director of the
HIV/AIDS Department, of the World Health Organisation.
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta
Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta , president of
Molly Melching , Human rights activist.
Kanidoua Naboho , Doctor of Medicine, Burkinabé political leader.
Doudou Ndoye , Senegalese politician (Law)
Erin Pizzey , activist and founder of world's first domestic
Jean Pliya , Beninois playwright and short story writer.
Théodore-Adrien Sarr , Archbishop of Dakar, licentiate in Greek
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* ^ Wells Program. (2005).
Dakar Program for foreigners. Retrieved
April 10, 2005, from "Archived copy". Archived from the original on
2006-06-18. Retrieved 2006-04-28.
* ^ Polgreen, Lydia (20 May 2007). "Africa’s Storied Colleges,
Jammed and Crumbling". The New York Times. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
* ^ "Cité Aline Sitoé Diatta, ex-Claudel: Le défi de la
Senegal news. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
* ^ "Senegalese student mob try to lynch student thought to be gay
- GALE". www.lgbt-education.info.
* ^ SeneNews TV (15 March 2016). "SeneNews TV: Ucad, un présumé
homosexuel lynché par une foule d\'étudiants" – via YouTube.
* ^ "Passed/Failed: An education in the life of Erin Pizzey,
women\'s refuge". 7 February 2008.
* IFLA French Language Centre Established in the
Dakar, Senegal, International Federation of Library Associations and
Institutions (IFLA). 20 August 2007.
* Senegalese pay homage to
Cheikh Anta Diop Tuesday, Dakar, Senegal,
Cheikh Anta Diop
University Library, Bibliothèque Centrale de
Cheikh Anta Diop de
Dakar (UCAD), ArchNet.org.
* Pina, Jean Rousset de, La Nouvelle Bibliothèque centrale de
l\'Université de Dakar, BBF, 1966, n° 08, p. 293-304 Consulted 18
* Celebrations at the
Cheikh Anta Diop University, (FIFA.com)
Tuesday 20 November 2007.
* Fiftieth Anniversary :
Cheikh Anta Diop
2007, Canadian International Development Research Centre.
Senegal ICT Resource Centre: Creating R Publ: 1995; p. 140-148.
* Niang, Souleymane African universities and globalisation Les
Universités africaines et la mondialisation Higher education in
Africa: achievements, challenges and prospects; Publ: 1998; p. 31-40.
* Africa’s Storied Colleges, Jammed and Crumbling, By LYDIA
The New York Times
The New York Times , 20 May 2007.
* NOTES FROM ACADEME Senegalese Scholar Focuses on Race in American
Society, By Carolyn J. Mooney,
The Chronicle of Higher Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education , 3
* Francophone Africa Universities’ Contribution to Development,
Lessons to be Learned from Successful Initiatives, The
World Bank ,
Saly , Senegal, November 30-December 2, 2005 .
* Clark, Andrew Francis; Phillips, Lucie Colvin; Phillips, Lucie
Colvin. Historical Dictionary of Senegal. Scarecrow Press: (2nd Ed,
1995) ISBN 978-0-8108-2747-9
OFFICIAL WEB LINKS