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Selected scientists from developing countries will soon have more opportunities to share expertise, build scientific capacity and expand the role of science and technology as a problem-solver and innovator in the South. As fellows in the Global Science Corps (GSC), the scientists will serve one year in Southern research institutes, universities and training programs that are centers of excellence. Article here.

The Regional Initiative in Science and Education (RISE) today announced that two more networks will be supported through an additional grant from Carnegie Corporation. With an earlier grant award of U.S. $3.3 million to support the initial three networks selected in July, Carnegie Corporation has invested a total of U.S. $4.9 million in the initiative. RISE focuses on strengthening higher education in the sciences and engineering by increasing the population of skilled Ph.D. and M.Sc.

This paper argues that the acquisition of science and technology is a critical determinant of the development status of countries. Those countries that have excelled in science and technology are the most developed, while those with a weak scientific and technological base are the least developed. It is imperative that a series of concerted actions be adopted and sustained to permanently institute a scientific and technological culture in Africa.

An 'old men's club' image, exclusionist rules against younger members and lack of sustainable funding are among the characteristics of science academies in Africa, with more transparent member selection criteria being needed. This was the gist of a debate between students, academics and administrators at a conference of the Regional Initiative in Science and Education, or RISE, in Johannesburg this month. Article here.

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