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To achieve its mission, science development network (SDN) is working in collaboration with the following partners:
The IDB science development network –SDN-, signed with the Belgium-based Institute of Plant biotechnology for Developing Countries (IPBO) a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Friday 16 December 2005. The Memorandum was signed by Wagdy Sawahel , SDN general coordinator, and Godelieve Gheysen, director of IPBO, and Marc Van Montagu, founder and chairman of IPBO, with the stipulation that the two parties work jointly for the promotion of science and technology for the benefit of developing countries.
According to the MoU, IPBO will help SDN in organizing conferences, workshops, symposia, training programmes and seminars in biotechnology. IPBO will also act as a mediator within Ghent University to allocate IDB scholars to carry out M.Sc., Ph.D. and/or post-doctoral studies in advanced scientific fields. IPBO or the host departments will provide guidance for IDB scholars as well as the necessary scientific support including the costs for executing the experiments. Living expenses should be covered by IDB or other means. In addition, IPBO will help IDB scholars to carry out their Ph.D. work using sandwich module, i.e. students under this module will study for a specific period at Ghent university and then they return to their countries to complete their Ph.D. work or the other way around. The students might register for their Ph.D. degrees at Ghent University or in their own country. The length of the programme is flexible, but it takes an average of 4 years to complete a Ph.D. Furthermore, IPBO will help the IDB member countries in formulating strategies for the development of biotechnology as well as assisting in finding partners for setting up collaborative research proposals. Finally, as IPBO is the first associated centre for International Centre for genetic engineering and biotechnology (ICGEB), it will try to create and enhance ICGEB scientific cooperation with IDB member countries, which are member of ICGEB. 17 Out of the 57 IDB member countries are member states with ICGEB from which 12 countries have affiliated centres. IPBO of Ghent University in Belgium, which is included in the top 500 universities for the years 2005.

(2) Handasa Arabia

The IDB Science Development Network (SDN), signed with Handasa Arabia (HA) a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Sunday 19 February 2006. The Memorandum was signed by Wagdy Sawahel, SDN general coordinator, and Jamil Alkhatib, HA General Coordinator, with the stipulation that the two parties work jointly for the development of science and technology for the benefit of Islamic countries.

According to the MoU, HA will work with SDN, when appropriate, in organizing conferences, workshops, symposia, training programmes and seminars in the open-source electronics engineering systems solutions’ design and development as well as innovation and Technology management. HA will provide help to SDN’s future e-projects such as e-science journal for science and technology and online scientific library. In addition, HA will work with SDN, when appropriate, to formulate strategies for the development of open-source engineering systems solutions’ design in IDB member countries and in finding partners for setting up collaborative research proposals and promoting knowledge and technology transfer to and among IDB member countries. Furthermore, HA and SDN will exchange publications and information. Finally, SDN will help HA in developing and promoting HA’s students and university programmes and contests.

Link to a copy of The Memorandum of Understanding between SDN and HA

(3) Princess Haya Biotechnology center, Jordan

The IDB Science Development Network (SDN), signed with Princess Haya Biotechnology center (PHBC) of Jordan University of science and technology a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on Monday of 3 April 2006.

Wagdy Sawahel, SDN general coordinator, and Saeed Jaradat PHBC Director signed the Memorandum, with the stipulation that the two parties work jointly for the development of medical biotechnology for the benefit of Islamic countries.

According to the MoU, PHBC will assist SDN, when appropriate, in organizing conferences, workshops, symposia, training programmes and seminars in medical biotechnology. PHBC will accept IDB scholars to carry out M.Sc., Ph.D. and/or post-doctoral studies in advanced biotechnological applications. In addition, PHBC will assist SDN, when appropriate, IDB member countries in formulating strategies for the development of medical biotechnology applications and in finding partners for setting up collaborative research proposals and promoting medical biotechnology transfer to IDB member countries. Furthermore, PHBC and SDN will exchange publications and information