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Science must evolve or risk being marginalised

By: Elizabeth Rasekoala-SciDev.Net Advances in Africa’s technology sector offer lessons for science’s role in development, says Elizabeth Rasekoala. The discussions and declarations of the Seventh Conference of African Ministers in Charge of Integration (COMAI VII), held in July in Swaziland, encouragingly affirmed the links between infrastructure development and the enhancement of science, engineering and technology (SET) skills and capacity on …

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Research suffers under Islamic State

The takeover of large parts of northern Iraq by the Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS, has grinded research and education in these areas to a near halt, further broadening the scientific knowledge gap between Iraq and the rest of the world. The University of Mosul, the second largest city in Iraq, has been closed since IS took over …

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Local communities ‘sidelined’ in development research

By Jan Piotrowski – SciDev.Net Development research remains far too academic and disconnected, with a “minuscule fraction” ever reaching local communities in a useable form, experts say. The research community rarely succeeds in transmitting knowledge to the people their work is supposed to help, said speakers at the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes’ meeting in Bonn, Germany, …

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Q&A: Jeffrey Sachs on why the SDGs are big on science

By Yojana Sharma – SciDev.Net On Monday, the UN secretary-general will present the annual Millennium Development Goals Report, which assesses global and regional progress towards the goals, even as a new set of global development goals is being put together. As work gets under way to devise and negotiate the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to replace the Millennium Development Goals …

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T4EDU Math and Science Teacher Development Programme expected to have positive impact on math and science education in Saudi Arabia

Training begins for first cohort of Saudi ‘Master’ educators Mathematics and science education should see notable improvements as a result of new teacher training initiatives being rolled out in the Kingdom, says Pearson Country Manager for Saudi Arabia, Mohammed Asiri. Pearson, the world’s leading learning company, is working closely with the Tatweer Company for Educational Services (T4edu) to roll out …

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Is science journalism ignoring censorship?

By Nick Ishmael Perkins – SciDev.Net World Press Freedom Day was observed on 3 May as usual this year. It marks one of the handful of moral absolutes in our civilisation: the desire for journalists to hold the powerful to account and document current events. But it also presents an opportunity for media professionals to reflect on their practice. Two …

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Al Muzaini Exchange Company hails Golden Sponsorship of ‘Shaastrotsav’ Science & Technology Event a success

Al Muzaini Exchange Co, Kuwait’s leading exchange and Remittance Company, hailed its Golden sponsorship of the ‘Shaastrotsav’ Science & Technology event a great success. The recent event was organized by the Indians in Kuwait community that gathered many science and technology enthusiasts and organizations to display the latest technologies. This sponsorship highlights Al Muzaini ‘s mission to support diverse segments …

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Children need active learning to master new, vital skills

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Debbie Mccallum By Pierre Lena – SciDev.Net Pilot projects are paving the way for a science education ‘revolution’ to nurture reasoning skills, says Pierre Léna. For about a century, basic education in the developing world has focused on improving reading, writing and counting. But since science and technology are now key for human development, reasoning skills should …

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Young scientists neglected in developing world

By Rehab Abd Almohsen A lack of resources, training and funding opportunities are the most cited obstacles facing young researchers in the developing world, according to a survey by the Global Young Academy (GYA), a group that supports young scientists. The Global State of Young Scientists (GloSYS) report, published last month (21 January), assessed the needs of young researchers around …

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Students and Experts Unveil Pioneering Computer Science Applications to Offer Real-life Solutions

MedCare, a digital nurse application designed to remind the elderly about their medical intake, while also providing their emergency contacts with life-saving information for potential health problems, was ranked first at the NYU Abu Dhabi’s International Hackathon 2014 on Sunday night. The winning team members were Saeed Al Mannaee (Khalifa University, UAE), Rashed Al Matar (Khalifa University, UAE), Yousef AlAhmedi …

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