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The World Bank announced last week that it had approved a US $30 million loan to support scientific development in Uganda. The money will help increase the number and quality of scientists produced by Uganda's universities and research centers and boost the country's scientific and technological productivity in industrial, agricultural and other sectors.

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).