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The Vietnam Education Foundation held a media briefing today at the Hilton Hanoi Opera Hotel on several current projects in which it is involved. Mr. Chung W. Kim, President of the Korea Institute for Advanced Study and Member of the Board of Directors of the Vietnam Education Foundation, will discuss the results of a major seminar supported by VEF during which top Vietnamese, U.S. and international science figures discussed a possible Millennium Science Initiative for Vietnam. Article here.

Lack of mobility, inadequate equipment and human resources, brain drain: these are some of the many challenges faced by scientists in developing countries, and were among the many topics of discussion during the International Centre for Theoretical Physics’ meeting on “Science and Development for a Changing World” held this week in Trieste, Italy.

The situation for higher education in Africa might look bleak, but it is far from hopeless. Most institutions recognize the challenges they face and some have begun to reform their policies. For example, to help address the country's chronic skills shortage, Zambia is considering eliminating the mandatory retirement age of 55 years for faculty in the sciences. The University of Nairobi has doubled faculty salaries twice in the past 8 years.

The MSI Program sought to revitalize Chile's science and technology system by supporting advanced training of human capital by world class scientists engaged in cutting edge research. It sought to demonstrate the effectiveness of transparent merit-based allocation procedures and investigator autonomy in improving the quality and efficiency of scientific research and training.

Professor Stephen Gitahi Kiama, leader of RISE-AFNNET's University of Nairobi node, is featured on Dennis Wholey's This is America broadcast from the UN Millennium Development Goals Special Session that took place in September 2010. To view the segments, which ran October 17 and October 22, go here (1402 and 1403).