"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.12
March 2018
Feature
How Ugandan universities can improve their rankings
In order for Uganda’s universities to increase their research outputs, the government should champion an incentive policy.

Top Ten Arab Universities: A CWTS Leiden Ranking Perspective
The CWTS Leiden Rankings 2017 provided a fresh outlook into the performance of 902 major universities from 54 different countries, including universities from four Arab countries: Egypt, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia.

MOROCCO : Ministry recognises degrees of eight private universities
In what it described as a “historic” step to boost private higher education, Morocco’s Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Professional Training earlier this month recognized the degrees of eight private universities


Education observatory
  Asian Universities Alliance launched
An Asian Universities Alliance was established with the aim to enhance cooperation and communication among 15 member universities, including four from Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Malaysia and Indonesia.

  EGYPT: Ministry sees value in international students
While international students studying in Egypt currently generate US$186 million for the Egyptian economy, this figure is low by international standards. An ambitious government plan aims to double the number of international students by 2020-21 and increase their contribution to the country by as much as US$700 million.

   Turkey’s ‘soft power’ reaches North African universities
A recently published higher education cooperation plan with Tunisia represents the latest milestone in Turkey’s plan to set up joint universities with North African Arab states in what is seen as an expression of cultural diplomacy or ‘soft power’ aimed at building regional alliances and partnerships.


Muslim women in science
  Three Arab women scientists to be honoured in the UNESCO-L’Oréal awards in Paris
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the L’Oréal Foundation are preparing to honour several international female scientists including three from Jordan, UAE and Tunisia in their 2018 For Women In Science and International Rising Talents awards programs.


Conferences
CSA 2018: The 3rd Conference on Computing Systems and Applications
Date: 24-25 April 2018
Location: Algiers, Algeria

2018 7th International Conference on Software and Information Engineering (ICSIE 2018)
Location: Cairo, Egypt
Date: May 4-6, 2018

  Eighth Biannual Gulf Comparative Education Society (GCES) Symposium “Public, Private, and Philanthropy: Exploring the Impact of New Actors on Education in the GCC”
Location: Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
Date: April 7-9, 2018


Fellowships opportunities
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Top 10 Scholarships in Italy for International Students
In Italy, all international students are entitled to the same financial assistance services as Italian students based on same requisites of financial means and/or merit. There are government scholarships at the national and regional level to which international students can apply for. Moreover, some Italian Universities offer Italian scholarship programs …

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