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Europe: The battle of the scientists

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Are Europeans becoming more hostile to science and technology? AT THE end of a hard year Europe’s leaders are grappling with familiar problems—how to revive gasping economies, what to do about the Russian menace. But a quieter source of discontent is also bubbling up: Europe’s scientists....

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Funding Research in Africa

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The ongoing Ebola epidemic in West Africa is drawing more money to study the virus, but what about funding for African science in general?   By Paula Park | Originally published at TheScientist.   The Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone, Guinea, and Liberia has laid bare the dearth of basic...

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Q&A: Mozambique’s education minister on PhDs for growth

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  Originally published at scidev.net. Mozambique’s government wants more university lecturers to have master’s and PhDs Mozambicans should lead research into newly discovered minerals, it says A UK-Mozambique PhD project will drive PhDs relevant to new research areas   When Mozambique became independent from Portugal in June 1975 after more than a...

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Focus on research for development, not academic rankings

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Originally published by scidev.net.   Focusing on international rankings would be inappropriate for Africa’s universities Governments should help some universities focus on research for development, others on teaching Limited funds make collaboration on resources and training crucially important   Africa’s universities can take concrete steps to boost doctoral education and research, argues...

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Human Capital Development and Capacity Improvement of Africa’s Higher Education and Research Sector

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For innovation-driven economic growth to occur in Africa there needs to be an existing baseline of human capital capable of creating the knowledge required. And to ensure this innovation-driven growth will have a tangible and sustainable impact on society,output and quality from Africa’s knowledge sector...

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