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Building Africa’s Scientific Talent

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Ten years ago, a top South African physicist called on Africa’s educators to nurture scientific achievement by improving the capabilities of the continent’s youngest researchers. But despite significant improvements, much more work is needed to return Africa to the pinnacle of innovation that it once occupied. Read more>

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Aiming at graduate inventors rather than job seekers

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This article is motivated by the need to embrace a notion of “teaching for learning for inventing” in the higher education institutions. It is highly urgent that Jordanian schools, colleges and universities aim at graduating inventors capable of offering jobs for others instead of seeking jobs for themselves. Read more>

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Saudi universities well placed to become world leaders

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During the past several years, I have had the privilege of witnessing the progress of two leading universities in Saudi Arabia: King Abdullah University of Science and Technology and King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals. KAUST, established in 2009, is a private university dedicated to graduate education in science …

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Why our universities decline

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As university administrators, we have been quite reluctant to write about a “heated” subject such as this because, in all honesty, it may edge into peer intellectual sensitivities! But we have decided to do so anyway, despite all possible ramifications thereafter. Read more>

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