News Archive

August 2005

A delegation from Vietnam traveled to South America in August 2005 to visit MSIs in Brazil and Chile and to learn more about designing and implementing similar programs in their home country. In Chile, the eight-person Vietnamese delegation, led by the Vice-minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Bui Manh Hai, spent considerable time with Claudio Wernli and Maria Elena Boisier of the Chilean Secretariat. They were especially interested in the processes involved in designing the MSI and organizing the competition of scientists wishing to participate.

June 2005

SIG has received a grant from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) to develop a component of the Global Science Corps (GSC) with special emphasis on émigré scientists and South-South collaboration. As part of this program, SIG and UNDP will host a workshop in Africa in early 2006 to generate interest, assess need, and begin to design the specifics of the program, including selection criteria for and responsibilities of host institutions and fellows. GSC information here.

April 2005

Prof. Võ Văn Tới spoke with a reporter from Vietnam's "Sunday Youth" newspaper about the potential to start an MSI in Vietnam. During a series of visits by international scientists to Vietnam, there have been talks about promoting modern technologies for Vietnam's development. An international conference on biotechnology at the Ho Chi Minh City National University will take place from July 27-29.

March 2005

Selected scientists from developing countries will soon have more opportunities to share expertise, build scientific capacity and expand the role of science and technology as a problem-solver and innovator in the South. As fellows in the Global Science Corps (GSC), the scientists will serve one year in Southern research institutes, universities and training programs that are centers of excellence. Article here.

March 2005

The Ugandan government is expected to receive US $20 million under the World Bank's Millennium Science Initiative. The funds will be used to increase the quality, quantity and relevance of Uganda's scientific and technological output and skills base. According to World Bank documents, the funds will also encourage Uganda's best researchers to remain and work in the country by establishing good working conditions.