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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.

Recruitment of students has begun in various African universities under a new initiative known as the Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE). Fifty-one students have been admitted in universities in five networks. Of the recruited students, thirty-five will pursue their doctorate degree, fifteen will pursue their masters degrees while one will be a post-doctoral fellow. Press release here.

This study explores the barriers and opportunities facing women in the South working in the field of science and technology. It aims to identify the factors that prevent women from realizing their full potential in their chosen field as well as how women's ability to take advantage of the opportunities a science career can offer can be enhanced. Based on this analysis it puts forward a set of suggestions that can be taken up by policy makers and funders of science to strengthen women's participation in science and technology.

...According to Carnegie...African universities lack a significant number of students and academic staff in fields of science and technology..."At Kenyatta University, of 730 academic staff, only 31 are full professors and 48 associate professors," says Prof Phillip Griffiths, a senior research fellow at Carnegie and a member of an international lobby of scholars dedicated to fostering science in Africa. Article here.

The World Bank has given Uganda US $30 million to boost its productivity and competitiveness through scientific and technological advancement. The funds will be channeled through the Millennium Science Initiative, a reform program run by the Government to help universities and research institutes in the country to produce more and better-qualified science and engineering graduates, according to a press release issued yesterday. The project also aims at promoting more relevant, higher quality research for enhancing science and technology-led growth and economic transformation.

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