ARUSHA, Tanzania (AP) _ Heads of African universities were scheduled to meet on Monday to seek ways of improving the continent's cash-strapped institutions.

Julius Seule, a press officer for the Ghana-based Association of African Universities, said 200 rectors, vice chancellors and university presidents from 40 countries will attend the three-day meeting in Arusha on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania.

Tanzanian President Benjamin Mkapa, who is chancellor of the University of Dar es Salaam, will officially open the meeting.

Lalla Ben-Barka, deputy executive director of the U.N. Economic Commission for Africa, will deliver the keynote address, Seule said.