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Burundi students hunger for change in the face of economic downturn

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Like most students in Burundi, Serge Claver Nzisabira can barely make ends meet, even when he shares a miniscule two-room address with four others in a Bujumbura suburb. All five of them struggle to keep up with their rent, which eats up their meagre monthly scholarship of 30,000 Burundian francs (about $19 / 17.5 euros). They share only two mattresses, ... Read More »

(Infographic) 10 most valuable startups launched by students

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Are you dreaming of launching your own startup, but you are still a college student? Get inspired by the new infographic by Essaymama.com writing service team. The graphic below tells about the greatest and the most valuable businesses that were launched by students. Read: Entrepreneurship vs Employment – Join the discussion Read More »

Watch: Obama discusses higher education loan with students


University education financing is one of the hottest discussions cutting across continents. Governments and university administrators are debating on the best way to finance university education as students and parents dig deeper in their pockets to get a degree. In almost all countries that provide soft loans to students, governments are owed millions of dollars by former students. In Kenya, ... Read More »

S. Korea develops smartphone app to curb student suicide

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South Korea has developed smartphone apps to help bring down its high student suicide rate by warning parents when their children might be at risk, the education ministry said Friday. The government-developed apps, which the ministry hopes to introduce this year, are programmed to detect “suicide-related” words used by children on social networks or in messages or Internet searches on ... Read More »

3 things you can do to ‘test’ if you have an entrepreneurial spirit


It is sometimes difficult to stay motivated when working for others, especially when month after month and year after year, things simply don’t change. While many take on entrepreneurship with the hope of eventually leaving their job or financial freedom, many do so because it allows them to advance mentally before anything else. As nerve wrecking as entrepreneurship can be ... Read More »

Do not eat HELB money, Kaimenyi tells comrades


Education CS Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi has categorically told university students that HELB loan is not for their enjoyment. Responding to a question posed by Kenyatta University Student president, George Thuku, during an event at KU, Prof. Kaimenyi said students should not misuse the fund allocated buy HELB. “It’s unethical to eat HELB, which is public money. Use it to better your ... Read More »

HELB, KCB student smart card launched ahead of June e-payment deadline


High Education Loans Board (HELB) and KCB have launched a Student Smart card aimed at improving efficiency in the loan disbursement scheme. This comes ahead of the June 2015 deadline to discard the use of Bank accounts to access the loans from the institution. The Near Field Communication (NFC) enabled card will be on a digital wallet platform hence other ... Read More »

Beneficiaries owe HELB Sh8 Billion


    The Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) is owed Sh8 billion by students who have benefited from the loans issued by the board in the past. HELB Chief Executive Office, Charles Ringera told the Sunday Nation the Board needs to disburse Sh6.7 billion to 188,000 students in universities and tertiary institutions in the next four months. 10,000 freshers are ... Read More »

Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs to win $75,000 2015 Anzisha Prize


The 5th Anzisha Prize application phase is now open and the search is on to find Africa’s youngest, most exciting social and business entrepreneurs under 22 years of age. Africa is the world’s youngest continent, with over 600m people under the age of 25. The Anzisha Prize is a growing social impact program entirely focused on accelerating the entry of ... Read More »

How young UoN graduates are bridging mobile money limitations

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Mobile money is probably one of the best innovations in Kenya. But like every technology, there will always be hitches. For instance, you are sending Sh10,000 to your mum or paying for a service, but instead, you end up buying phone airtime via mobile money. What do you do with Sh10,000 worth of credit? Or perhaps you want to send ... Read More »

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