Université Nord Madagascar

THE HOME of this small university is, not unexpectedly, in the far north of Madagascar, in the town of Antsiranana that was established around the natural habour into which the first European sailed at the start of the 16th century. An outline of the famous sugar-loaf island, ‘Nosy Lonjo’, that lies in the middle of Antsiranana Bay has found its way into the design of the logo of the University of Northern Madagascar.

Although the university has fewer than 1 500 students in three faculties – Arts and Humanities, Science, and Teacher Training – it employs 75 academic and research staff, most of them engaged in the sciences. The university has established partnerships with important national institutes such as the Institute of Fisheries and Marine Sciences and the National
Institute of Nuclear Science and Technology. It also has close relationships with several French universities. Locally, the Faculty of Science works closely with Antsiranana industry in the following fields: shipyards, shoe manufacture, sugar and salt production, and fisheries.

The University of Northern Madagascar states that it is committed to undertaking research that meets the immediate needs of society, to strengthening its international connections, and to more widely publicising the results of its various research projects.

Facts and Figures  at a Glance1

Universite’ Nord Madagascar also known as Universite’ de Antsiranana, has a total enrolment of 1,428 students, all of whom are contact learning students. All of the students are enrolled on full-time courses. Of the students enrolled in the University, 1,345 are Malagasy and 103 are citizens from SADC countries. There are no international students outside SADC countries at the University.

Table 1: Universite’ Nord Madagascar  - Summary of Enrolment Numbers (Actual data, 2007)2


Number of students enrolled per level of study

Major Field of Study

Total Number of Students (Headcount)

Under- graduate degree/ diploma Post-graduate degree/ diploma Masters Degree Doctoral Degree Other qualifications (short courses, certificates etc.)
Science, Engineering & Technology 919 60 123 24 7 0
Business, Management & Law 191 0 0 0 0  40
Humanities and Social Sciences 318 55
TOTALS 1,428 115 140 29 9 40

 Source: Universite’ Nord Madagascar questionnaire response

Table 2: Université Nord Madagascar: Academic and Research staff (Actual data, 2007) 

Major Field Of Study

Total Number (headcount)

Science, Engineering & Technology 62
Business, Management & Law 0
Humanities and Social Sciences 13

Source: Université Nord Madagascar questionnaire response

[1] All data presented in this section is headcount data.
[2] Note that the student numbers provided do not tally correctly. Verification has been sought.