"knowledge economy bulletin"highlights success stories and research achievements of IDB graduates and provides them with opportunities for professional and academic development along with monitoring science, technology, innovation and higher education development in the 56 IDB member countries. Issue No.7
October 2017
AFRICA: North Africa’s research universities on the rise – slowly
Universities in North Africa are starting to join the research universities movement, recognising its potential in fostering innovation, promoting entrepreneurship and developing a sustainable knowledge economy, but they still face significant challenges.
AFRICA-MIDDLE EAST: Higher education trends to watch in 2017
At the start of 2017, a selection of scholars and experts share their views on the major trends expected to impact higher education in the Arab world’s 22 states, which includes 10 countries in Africa.
Collaboration is the Future for Arab University Libraries
Arab libraries could develop inter-library loans; digitize texts for presentation online, and share professional skills through training program.

African universities score poorly in global ranking
No African university is among the world’s best 300 universities, according to the current global university ranking.

UAE launched new Mars Science City
The United Arab Emirates has launched its Mars Science City project, to inspire young minds and also to encourage its scientists and researchers to make a thorough research and understanding of the Martian environment and the possibilities of colonizing Mars in future.

IsDB launches US $500m fund to strengthen science, technology & innovation in the Muslim World
The Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) has launched a massive US $500 million fund to support member countries improve lives and empower communities using science, technology and innovation.

Education observatory
MAURITANIA: New agency to monitor quality of university education
The northwest African nation of Mauritania is to set up a national quality assurance authority to strengthen the competitiveness of its universities and develop a higher education system of international quality.

SUDAN: Academic brain drain threatens university education
Harsh economic conditions during 2016 led to a significant brain drain among university staff in Sudan – including professors and lecturers – that is directly threatening higher education development, according to a new government report.

ISLAMIC STATES: Academic exchange pilot to boost science and innovation
The pilot phase of the TAFAHUM project has been launched to enhance scientific and technological development in the Arab region by promoting collaboration between a number of the Maghreb universities and the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie, or AUF, in France.

The 7th Digital Earth Summit (DES-2018)
Location: Atlantic coastal city of El Jadida, Morocco
Date: April 17-19, 2018

Qatar Foundation Annual Research Conference (ARC’18)…. “R&D: Focused on Priorities, Delivering Impact”
Date: 20-22 March 2018
Location: Qatar

The 1st International Conference on Energy and Sustainable Environment (ICESE-I) at Israa University-Gaza
Location: Israa University – Gaza, Palestine
Date: April 14-16, 2018

Fellowships opportunities
UNESCO King Hamad Bin Isa Al-Khalifa Prize for the Use of ICTs in Education ……Call for nominations
Theme of 2017: The use of ICTs to increase access to quality education…… Deadline for submission: 20 October 2017

Top 20 Excellence Scholarships for Outstanding International Students

Top 10 Scholarships in Switzerland for International Students
Did you know that tuition fees at Swiss universities are relatively low compared to other European Countries?

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