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December 2011

Carnegie Corporation of New York is a generous supporter of the Institute for Advanced Study. Vartan Gregorian, its President and an Institute Trustee since 1987, often speaks of the Institute as “a university to universities,” in recognition of its role as one of the world’s leading centers for theoretical research and intellectual inquiry. Carnegie Corporation has supported the Institute’s work in the humanities with a recent grant emphasizing collaboration and cross-fertilization between the Schools of Historical Studies and Social Science.

December 2011

Pelly Malebe's research on helping plants withstand drought is personal as well as scientific. She grew up in South Africa's drought-prone northern province of Limpopo, where crop failures are frequent.

If the affected crop is food for family consumption, the result can be hunger. If it is a crop for trade or export, the loss of earnings can also mean too little food on the family table, as well as threatening commercial farmers, both large and small.

November 2011

The chronic under-funding and neglect of African universities has long hampered their ability to serve as cultivators and custodians of bright minds and new knowledge. Over decades of economic hardship and political turbulence, deep dysfunctions crept into university systems, preventing them from equipping people to solve problems, springboard growth and innovation, and contribute meaningfully to the massive outpourings of technological and intellectual innovation that the world has witnessed.

November 2011

COVAB and the Uganda National Council for Science and Technology (UNCST) hosted the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) Annual meeting at Imperial Royale Hotel in Kampala on 14th and 15th Oc-tober 2011 under the theme “Integration of Science and Technology Research Net-works in national and regional development through university–led initiatives.” Prof. Lillian T.

November 2011

We live in a global knowledge society. Therefore it stands to reason that countries with acute shortages of knowledge workers will find themselves marginalized – and impoverished – in today’s world. Broad comprehensive efforts must be undertaken at both the national and continental levels to improve the conditions of Africa’s universities and research facilities.

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