News Archive

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.

October 2011

The most recent feature in the TWAS 'Excellence in Science: Profiles of Research Institutions in Developing Countries' series is the Institute of Marine Sciences, University of Dar es Salaam (IMS) in Zanzibar. The IMS is one of the nodes in the Western Indian Ocean Regional Initiative, one of five Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) networks. 

October 2011

The Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) is building strong scientific networks in Africa with the aim of helping to train the next generation of academics on the continent.

One of the most critical challenges in science and technology in Africa today is strengthening and replacing the continent's aging population of faculty and researchers. Another critical challenge, which it plans to address in the years ahead, is turning scientific research into products and services that benefit society.

September 2011

Engineering postgraduates will be immersed in materials science — sometimes described at the ‘‘science of stuff’’ — at next month’s Pan-African School of Materials (PASMAT).

The school will be held in Nigeria for the first time. It will run for two weeks in September on the campus of the African University of Science and Technology (AUST), located in Abuja.

September 2011

If postgraduate students at the Pan-African School of Materials (PASMAT) are asked what they're studying this month, they aren't being flippant if their answer is "stuff". That's because the field of materials science is often referred to as "the science of stuff".