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Egypt’s Zewail science city hit by universities’ dispute

Ahmed Zewail proposed a science city for Egypt in 1999 Flickr/pennstatelive

Egypt’s first science city — the Zewail City of Science and Technology — is set to open in September, but a dispute is raging over ownership of some of the facility’s buildings. The city was first proposed in 1999 by Nobel prize-winning chemist Ahmed Zewail , but work on the project became mired in delays due to political instability and bureaucracy, according Nature …

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Sub-Saharan Africa: Millennium villages project ‘a success’

The Millennium Villages Project aims to help African communities achieve the MDGs by 2015   Flickr/Sustainable Sanitation

The Millennium Villages Project (MVP) has significantly reduced infant mortality at sites across Sub-Saharan Africa, according to a study published this week (8 May) and reported on in Nature News. The project, which is spearheaded by the Earth Institute at Columbia University in the United States, aims to boost the health and food security of the poorest people in Africa, through investments in fields such as …

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New leader for Stellenbosch centre investigating invasive species


The director’s baton of the DST/NRF Centre of Excellence for Invasion Biology (C·I·B) at Stellenbosch University was handed over from one world-class scientist to another. Prof Dave Richardson has taken up this leadership role since the beginning of May. This follows the resignation of the C·I·B’s founding director, Prof Steven Chown, who is to pursue his academic career further in …

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Tablet PC steals the show at higher education ICT Summit

PC Training and Business College’s brand new Tablet PC initiative has stolen the shown at the 2012 ICT Summit.  The event was a gathering of the continent’s top higher education providers and government officials to consider creative technology for resourceful and pioneering applications in education and research. The Tablet PC is making all the right noises at the 2012 ICT …

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Sustainable development means tackling childbirth rates, report says

Least developed countries (LDCs) must improve women’s access to education and family planning if they are to achieve sustainable development, according to recommendations in a Royal Society report, People and the Planet, launched this week (26 April). Although global population growth is slowing, rates in LDCs — particularly Sub-Saharan Africa — are expected to remain high for the rest of the century, hampering efforts to …

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SA soldiers also need education

By Thandisizwe Mgudlwa – AfricanBrains “It is not sufficient to merely train military personnel today; they also need to be educated. A solid understanding of the legal, political, social and economic terrain is essential.” These words belong to Prof Lindy Heinecken, Associate Professor of Sociology at StellenboschUniversity. She is to present a workshop on military leadership and training at the upcoming Land Forces …

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Interactive learning – Free learning videos on YouTube from Mindset

Historically an educator, a writing board and the learner’s participation has been regarded as a convenient learning practice – the “chalk and talk” method.  The learning environment has been evolving with the advent of Information Communications Technology (ICTs) revolution that is sweeping across the education sector. The introduction of YouTube in 2005 has enabled millions of people to share videos …

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U.S. Department of State Announces Sports Visitors from Kenya and Nigeria To Participate in Track & Field Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs announced today a track and field Sports Visitors exchange that brings 13 youth athletes and two coaches from Kenya and Nigeria to Washington, DC, and Philadelphia, PA., April 18-30, 2012. While in the United States, the visitors will participate in friendly track and field competitions, as well as engage …

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SA to produce more doctors

Johannesburg – Government is looking at increasing the number of doctors produced by the country to ensure the success of the National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme. Speaking at a New Age business briefing on Monday, Health Minister Dr Aaron Motsoaledi acknowledged that the skills shortage issue was phenomenal. He said South African medical schools were currently only producing 1 000 …

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Darfur / UNAMID Media Brief

UNAMID partners with communities on education projects UNAMID inaugurated yesterday ten classrooms in three schools at Abu Shouk internally displaced persons camp, near El Fasher, North Darfur, built by Rwandese peacekeepers as part of the Mission’s Quick Impact Projects (QIPs) in the region. “Our presence is not only to protect civilians, but also to help the population recover from the …

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