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Cheikh Anta Diop University

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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 anthropologist Cheikh Anta Diop12 and has an enrollment of over 60,000


  • 1 History
    • 11 Enrollment growth
  • 2 Academics
    • 21 Schools and institutes
    • 22 Foreign programs
      • 221 Special requirements
  • 3 Student life
  • 4 Violence
  • 5 Notable alumni and professors
    • 51 Notable instructors
    • 52 Notable students
    • 53 Honorary degrees
  • 6 See also
  • 7 References
  • 8 External links
    • 81 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 towns of 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 African culture

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 University of Bordeaux This became the University of Dakar the largest and most prestigious university in French West Africa In 1987, its name was changed to honor the Senegalese philosopher and anthropologist, Cheikh Anta Diop

Enrollment growthedit

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 rooms34

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 world


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 institutesedit

UCAD offers courses of study in Humanities, Sciences, Engineering, Medicine, Finance, Accounting, and Law The university awards the following degrees: BA, BS, PhD, and DMA

The School of Medicine includes departments of Pharmacy, Research, and Surgery5 The university also encompasses the Institute of Sciences of the Environment ISE and the Institute of Sciences of Earth ISE

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

Language studies are divided into the following disciplines: Philosophy, Sociology, History, 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 French

Foreign programsedit

UCAD hosts a number of foreign study abroad programs, including ones administered by 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 French6

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 World

Special requirementsedit

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

Student lifeedit

UCAD has a diverse student body drawn from many countries including Senegal, Chad, Burkina-Faso, Ivory Coast, France, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, the United States, Mauritania, Mali, Morocco, Rwanda, 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 share rooms7 8


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 20129 One of these, following a riot at the university, resulted in the death of the student who was suspected to be gay10 The riot followed an attempt to apprehend the student, who had sought refugee in the university's bank and security office11 Separately, self-immolations and clashes between students and police have been reported after students unsuccessfully demanded scholarships or challenged grading schemes

Notable alumni and professorsedit

Notable instructorsedit

  • Khady Sylla, Senegalese novelist
  • Abdoulaye Bathily, former government minister and President candidate, Professor of History
  • Abdoulaye Wade, Former President of Senegal, former dean of the law and economics faculty
  • Louis-Vincent Thomas, French sociologist, anthropologist, ethnologist, former professor
  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne, Senegalese philosopher, former Vice-dean of the College of Humanities and Professor of Philosophy

Notable studentsedit

  • Abdou Diouf, 2nd President of Senegal, Law
  • Ousmane Tanor Dieng:, International Relations, Law; first Secretary of the Socialist Party of Senegal, vice-president of the Socialist International
  • Yayi Boni, President of Benin
  • Ibrahim Boubacar Keïta, president of Mali
  • Simeon Aké, former Ivorian Foreign Minister and UN Ambassador
  • Sokhna Benga, Senegalese novelist
  • Sangaré Niamoto Ba, Minister of Mali
  • Ousmane Camara, former Senegalese Chief Justice
  • Ibrahima Fall politician: former Foreign Minister and professor of Law
  • Mamadou Diouf, historian of Cayor, former CADU professor, and director of African Studies at Columbia University
  • Doudou Ndoye, Senegalese politician Law
  • Talla Sylla, Senegalese politician, leader of APJ sociology
  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne Philosophy, professor at Columbia University
  • Adebayo Faleti, Nigerian writer and actor
  • Molly Melching, Human rights activist
  • Mbaye Diagne, Senegalese Army officer and a United Nations military observer credited with saving many lives during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide
  • Awa Marie Coll-Seck, former Senegalese Minister of Health
  • Adebayo Faleti, Nigerian Poet, Writer, Actor
  • Salif Diallo, Master of Law, Burkinabé political leader
  • Teguest Guerma, Medical Post-Doctorate, Associate Director of the HIV/AIDS Department, of the World Health Organisation
  • Kanidoua Naboho, Doctor of Medicine, 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, Master's degree in international public law and international relations
  • Sokhna Benga, Senegalese novelist and poet, Business Law Master's degree
  • Théodore-Adrien Sarr, Archbishop of Dakar, licentiate in Greek & Latin
  • Jean Pliya, Beninois playwright and short story writer
  • Barthélémy Attisso, guitarist and lawyer
  • 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
  • Sékou Ba, former Burkina Faso Minister of Animal Resources

Honorary degreesedit

  • Nelson Mandela: Honorary Doctorate conferred, 30 June 1992

See alsoedit

  • Gaston Berger University, Saint Louis, Senegal
  • Universities in Africa
  • Education in Senegal
  • WARC


  1. ^ Touré, Maelenn-Kégni, "Cheikh Anta Diop University 1957--", BlackPastorg
  2. ^ "University Cheikh Anta Diop", Encyclopædia Britannica
  3. ^ "Africa's Storied Colleges, Jammed and Crumbling," By Lydia Polgreen, The New York Times, 20 May 2007
  4. ^ Clark, Andrew Francis; Phillips, Lucie Colvin; Phillips, Lucie Colvin Historical Dictionary of Senegal p 287
  5. ^ University Cheikh Anta Diop 2004 University Cheikh Anta Diop's Background Retrieved March 27, 2004, from http://wwwucadsn
  6. ^ 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 
  7. ^ Polgreen, Lydia 20 May 2007 "Africa's Storied Colleges, Jammed and Crumbling" The New York Times Retrieved 15 November 2016 
  8. ^ "Cité Aline Sitoé Diatta, ex-Claudel: Le défi de la cohabitation" Senewebcom Senegal news Retrieved 15 November 2016 
  9. ^ http://wwwlgbt-educationinfo/en/news/local_news/160323-senegalese-student-mob-try-to-lynch-student-thought-to-be-gay
  10. ^ http://borauibno/bitstream/handle/1956/10064/135264163pdfsequence=1
  11. ^ https://wwwyoutubecom/watchv=Qi0T3H6nB6E&feature=youtube
  • IFLA French Language Centre Established in the University Library, Dakar, Senegal, International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions IFLA 20 August 2007
  • Senegalese pay homage to Cheikh Anta Diop Tuesday, Dakar, Senegal, 02/07
  • Cheikh Anta Diop University Library, Bibliothèque Centrale de l'Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar UCAD, ArchNetorg
  • Pina, Jean Rousset de, La Nouvelle Bibliothèque centrale de l'Université de Dakar, BBF, 1966, n° 08, p 293-304 Consulted 18 March 2008
  • Celebrations at the Cheikh Anta Diop University, FIFAcom Tuesday 20 November 2007
  • Fiftieth Anniversary : Cheikh Anta Diop University Sénégal, 2007, Canadian International Development Research Centre
  • Senegal ICT Resource Centre: Creating R&D Capacity, 2004, Canadian International Development Research Centre
  • Kone, Pierrette Women in the university hierarchy at the Cheikh Anta Diop University Women in higher education in Africa; 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 POLGREEN, 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, 3 July 1997
  • Francophone Africa Universities’ Contribution to Development, Lessons to be Learned from Successful Initiatives, The World Bank, Seminar, 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

External linksedit

Official Web linksedit

  • UCAD official website
  • UCAD history page
  • UCAD-EBAD Campus Guide, Library school at EBAD
  • Université Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar et la Faculté des Lettres et Sciences Humaines
  • École Inter-États des Sciences et Médecine Vétérinaire de Dakar site officiel

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