The percentage of Algerian women in engineering studies has jumped sharply since 2005, but some have mixed feelings about the profession.
Algerian students say unsafe, dilapidated buildings and a lack of services are negatively affecting their health and academic future.
New rules making it easier to be enrolled in graduate studies at Algerian universities have drawn opposition for potentially harming the quality of graduates.
Halima Benbouza, who has won acclaim as a researcher and served as a role model for women in science, is studying the genetics of local crops.
Professors and administrators scramble to catch up on exams and student registrations that were forcibly postponed by a ministerial decree after demonstrations earlier this year.
Minister Tayeb Bouzid says “French doesn’t get you anywhere,” and announces committee to develop Anglophone teaching in Algerian universities.
Protests in support of a movement demanding government change have halted classes and exams at many universities.