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Reform Science Academies to Benefit Young Scientists here

A seminar on "Promoting the Effectiveness and Linkage between Research and Education through the Millennium Science Initiative" was held on November 15, 2005 in Hanoi. The seminar was a featured event at Vietnam-U.S. Science and Technology Days, held in celebration of the tenth anniversary of normalization of relations and the fifth anniversary of S&T cooperation between the two countries. Speakers included Tran Ngoc Ca of NISTPASS, Le Thanh Binh of MOST, Claudio Bunster of Centro de Estudios Científicos, Chile (an MSI Institute), and Arlen Hastings of SIG. Dr.

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.