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Following a competitive selection process the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) announced that grants, each worth US $800,000 over 2.5 years, will be awarded to three networks of sub-Saharan universities. Article here.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, science departments in many African universities, including the University of Lagos in Nigeria, Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania, Accra in Ghana, and Khartoum in Sudan, were among the finest in the developing world. Once heralded as beacons of progress on the continent, these departments now suffer from a host of problems that have made it all but impossible for them to meet even minimal responsibilities. The difficulties encountered by Africa's science departments have impacts that extend well beyond the departments themselves.

The 2007– 08 academic year marked SIG’s tenth as an outreach program of the Institute for Advanced Study dedicated to building science capacity in the developing world. SIG was created in 1998 to provide scientific guidance for the Millennium Science Initiative, a project inspired by the vision of James D. Wolfensohn, then Chairman of the Institute’s Board of Trustees, and developed jointly with the World Bank to support centers of scientific excellence in the developing world. Read SIG report here.

The African Mathematics MSI has announced its first cycle of post-graduate scholarships, research/visiting scientist fellowships, and conferences. Information and applications are available at

Representatives from the ACGT associate network, SABINA (Southern African Biochemistry and Informatics for Natural Products) recently gave progress feedback at the second annual The Carnegie-IAS Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) Meeting in Nairobi Kenya from 28 - 29 September.