News Archive

August 2012

A new partnership between RISE and the Nigeria-based African University of Science and Technology (AUST) was celebrated at an event in Abuja on August 8. More than 40 invited guests from universities, research institutes, embassies, foundations and other organizations gathered on the AUST-Abuja campus for presentations and discussion. Speakers included Wole Soboyejo, president of AUST; Phillip Griffiths, chair of the Science Initiative Group at the Institute for Advanced Study, which administers RISE; Dr.

March 2012

An initiative to train science lecturers and boost collaboration among researchers at African universities is likely to be renewed and expanded next year.

The final installment of a US$5 million grant for the period 2011–2013 for the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE), launched in 2008, will be provided by the Carnegie Corporation of New York, United States, in March next year.

February 2012

Knowledge societies rest on a foundation of educational and research excellence. The Internet, advances in communications technology, and the rapidly expanding global fiber optic network are necessary, but not sufficient. It takes people to train, to educate, to collaborate, and to innovate....Today's communications technologies make it possible to teach and collaborate with anyone anywhere. Online educational resources and organizations devoted to creating partnerships and networks among scientists, engineers, and educators continue to proliferate.*

February 2012

A project that funds African academics whose careers are "stuck" because they lack the time or money for postgraduate study is asking the World Bank to help it grow tenfold.

The Regional Initiative in Science and Education (Rise) seeks to address the chronic lack of qualified lecturers in sub-Saharan universities. Staff running the project said that almost all the graduate students in the region had to be supported by external organisations because of the lack of funding from national governments.

January 2012

At the Indian Science Congress last week, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh surprised his audience with a promise to more than double central government R&D spending from $3 billion in 2011 to $8 billion by 2017. If the windfall appears in India's next 5-year plan, expected to be released in March or April, credit Singh's science advisory council. In a report to Singh last month, the panel, chaired by eminent chemist [and SIG board member] C. N. R. Rao, warned that Indian laboratories are rife with mediocrity and its universities are in decay.