[Covidset2007] ANSTI Newsletter.
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Please find below the latest issue of the ANSTI Newsletter.
Prof. J.G.M Massaquoi
<http://www.unesco-nairobi.org/Images/unesco_en.gif> ANSTI NEWSLETTER issue 19 SEPTEMBER. 07
Inside this Issue
1.COVIDSET 2007 Update
2.Higher Education in the new century - global challenges and innovative ideas
3. ansti five year strategic plan (2007 - 2011).
4.New members of the Network
5.Fellowships and Grants.
6.8. Upcoming events
7.Call for papers
10. Write to us
Download the PDF Version <http://www.ansti.org/issue19.pdf>
COVIDSET 2007 Update
The Second African Regional Conference of Vice-Chancellors and Deans of Science, Engineering and Technology [COVIDSET 2007] to be held in Midrand, South Africa , from 25 - 27 September 2007 is only a few days away. 250 participants are expected to participate in this conference.
Registration for the conference has been closed. Deans from ANSTI member institutions whose subscriptions to the network were to update were provided with a grant to enable them to participate in the conference. Other arrangements about the conference are on due course.
We are happy to announce that various donors including IDRC, Carnegie, ICSU, DAAD and UNESCO have offered financial support towards COVIDSET 2007. We take this chance to thank them for their generous support and look forward to future collaborations with these institutions.
For more information about the conference please write to: info at ansticonference.org or visit the conference website at: http://ansticonference.org/2007/ <http://ansticonference.org/2007/>
Higher Education in the New Century - Global Challenges & Innovative Ideas
UNESCO Forum on Higher Education, Research, and Knowledge in partnership with African Academy of Sciences has published a book on Higher Education in the New Century - Global Challenges and Innovative Ideas. The book focuses on the role and status of national research systems and international trends in this domain in relation to the challenges posed by the knowledge society of the 21st century. For more information, visit: http://unesdoc.unesco.org/ulis/cgi-bin/ulis.pl?catno=151990&database=ged&mode=e&lin=1
ANSTI Five Year Strategic Plan (2007 - 2011)
To ensure sustainability and growth, the African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) has published a five year strategic plan. This was necessitated by the need to coordinate the various actors and institutions to respond, in a focused manner, to regional and global challenges. To achieve this end, a holistic strategy was developed in consultation with the stakeholders which resulted to the development of the 2007- 2011 ANSTI Strategic Plan. Copies of the Strategic plan are available at the Secretariat.
New ANSTI Members
ANSTI would like to announce the admission of three (3) new members to the Network since June 2007. The new members are:
1. Redeemer's University , Nigeria
2. Akwa Ibom State University , Nigeria
3. Ladoke Akintola University of Technology , Nigeria
We take this chance to welcome them all to the Network. We would also like to invite more institutions to join and benefit from the many opportunities offered by the Network.
Fellowships and Grants
The African Network of Scientific and Technological Institutions (ANSTI) awarded 2 postgraduate fellowships in 2007/2008. The fellowships were awarded to the following students.
1. Mr. James Mpele ( University of Dar es Salaam , Tanzania ) who joins University of Nairobi to pursue Msc. In Applied Mathematics in September 2007
2. Ms Adijat Omowumi ( Obafemi Awolowo University , Nigeria ) who is to join University of Cape Town to pursue Msc. In Biomedical Engineering.
The Germany Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) has also offered four (4) postgraduate awards in 2007. The successful applicants are:
1. Jean Bosco Byiringiro ( Rwanda ) to pursue Msc at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology , Kenya.
2. Jean Francois Luc Habiyaremye ( Rwanda ) to pursue Msc at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology , Kenya .
3. Olugbenga John Owojori ( Nigeria ) to pursue PhD at the University of Stellenbosch , South Africa .
4. Charity Makitu Kivuvu (DR Congo) to pursue PhD at the University of Cape Town , South Africa .
ANSTI takes this opportunity to congratulate the fellows and to wish them well in their studies.
There is no deadline for application for Visiting Staff fellowships or Conference grants. These awards are restricted to staff of institutions, which are members of ANSTI.
Please enquire from ANSTI Secretariat (info at ansti.org) or visit our website: http:www.ansti.org <http://www.ansti.org/> . Here you will find out if your institution is a member of ANSTI.
2007/2008 AAU/ACBF Staff Exchange Programme
The Staff Exchange Programme is intended to support African higher education institutions in their core functions of teaching, learning, research and service to their communities through the exchange of academic staff. Specifically, the programme aims at: Facilitating academic mobility and encouraging networking among AAU member
institutions and contributing to improvements in the quality of training and research in African higher education institutions.
The Programme will cover staff exchange for teaching or graduate supervision; external examiners; and research collaboration. For more information, visit: http://www.aau.org/academic/index.htm
The Second IASTED Africa Conference on Water Resource Management
The purpose of this conference is to act as an interdisciplinary forum for decision-makers, academics, and professionals interested in the development and application of technology in ensuring the sustainable use and management of our water resources. This purpose is consistent with the goals of the United Nations Decade of Water for Life. The forum will cover both hard and soft technology and will serve to promote the use of appropriate technologies. Case studies are welcome. All papers submitted to this conference will be double blind peer reviewed by at least two reviewers. Acceptance will be based primarily on originality and contribution to knowledge.
AfricaWRM 2008 will be held in conjunction with the IASTED International Conferences on: Power and Energy Systems (AfricaPES 2008) and Modelling and Simulation (AfricaMS 2008)
For further information, visit: www.iasted.org/conferences/ <file:///E:/www.iasted.org/conferences/>
Call for Papers
International Workshop on Evaluating Climate Change and Development
The Secretariat of the International Workshop on Evaluating Climate Change and Development would like to announce its Call for Papers and Presentations. The International Workshop will take place May 10-13, 2008 at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina in Alexandria , Egypt . The International Workshop aims to identify good practices, methodologies, and information gaps in evaluation of climate change and development projects and programs. By doing so it aims to realize the potential of evaluations to contribute to climate change mitigation and adaptation. For more information, visit: http://www.esdevaluation.org/
The African Journal of Biochemistry Research (AJBR)
The African Journal of Biochemistry Research (AJBR) is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. AJBR publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in English, in all areas of Biochemistry. All articles published in AJBR will be peer-reviewed. Our objective is to inform authors of the decision on their manuscript within five weeks of submission. Following acceptance, a paper will normally be published in the next available issue.
One key request of researchers across the world is open access to research publications. The African Journal of Biochemistry Research is fully committed to providing free access to all articles as soon as they are published. We ask you to support this initiative by publishing your papers in this journal.
For more information, visit:
<http://www.academicjournals.org/AJBR/Instructions%20for%20Authors.htm> <http://www.academicjournals.org/AJBR/Instructions%20for%20Authors.htm%3e> ; and other details are available on our website http://www.academicjournals.org//AJBR <http://www.academicjournals.org/AJBR> <http://www.academicjournals.org/AJBR%3e> .
Scientific Research and Essays (SRE)
Scientific Research and Essays (SRE) is currently accepting manuscripts for publication. SRE publishes high-quality solicited and unsolicited articles, in English, in all areas of science, medicine, agriculture and engineering. All papers published by SRE are peer reviewed. SRE is a very rapid response journal with an issue published every month.
One key request of researchers across the world is open access to research publications. Scientific Research and Essays is fully committed to providing free access to all articles as soon as they are published. We ask you to support this initiative by publishing your papers in this journal.
Instruction for authors and other details are available on our website http://www.academicjournals.org//SRE <http://www.academicjournals.org/SRE> <http://www.academicjournals.org/SRE%3e> ; Prospective authors should send their manuscript(s) to sre at academicjournals.org
The African Agency of Biotechnology launched a Newsletter for the Development of Biotechnologies in Africa ; AfriBiotech, in July 2007.
In this issue, the African Agency of Biotechnology re starts its activities in a context where science and technology which constitute, more than ever, a growing importance for the countries, do not have significant impact on the development in Africa . Nevertheless, a real political Will is emerging so that Science, Technology and Innovation accompany the process on the state level. Biotechnologies, as tools, are participating to the reducing of the food insecurity, pandemics, the environmental pollution and water problems.
To view, subscribe, or comment about the newsletter, visit: http://www.aab.org.dz/bultin/AfriBiotech%20N%B0%200%20Juillet%202007.pdf <http://www.aab.org.dz/bultin/AfriBiotech%20N°%200%20Juillet%202007.pdf>
AAU- Call for Government Support in Science and Technology
The Secretary-General of the Association of African Universities (AAU), Prof, Akilagpa Sawyer, has called on governments not to ignore universities in their desire to develop Science and Technology. Rather, he said, universities should be actively involved in thedevelopment of Science and Technology, since the two evolved from the universities and their works
Safe Water: MDGs may not be realized at current pace
The world is not doing enough to achieve the Millennium Development Goal of halving the number of people without safe access to water and basic sanitation by 2015, UN-HABITAT's Executive Director, Mrs. Anna Tibaijuka and the Swedish Prime Minister, Frederik Reinfeldt have said.
Speaking at the opening of the World Water Week in Stockholm , Sweden , the two said "everywhere the urban poor live in places no else would dare set foot. In Sub-Saharan Africa slum dwellers constitute over 70 percent of the urban populations. In many slums in Africa at least 30 percent of the recent migrants were environmental refugees!"
Read more <http://africasciencenews.org/asns/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=29&Itemid=2>
VACANCY - AAU (Coordinator of the Mobilization of Regional Capacity Initiative (MRCI)
The AAU wishes to announce a vacancy at its Secretariat in Accra , Ghana .
As a member of the AAU Senior Management Team, the Coordinator of the Mobilization of Regional Capacity Initiative (MRCI) unit, will report to the Secretary General and be responsible for the development and leadership of a new project for the mobilization and coordination of regional capacity in support of African higher education revival, its contribution to the development process, poverty reduction and its role in assisting African countries achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). For further information, visit: http://www.aau.org/announce/detail.htm?ai=114
Write to us
We invite you all to contribute to this newsletter with short articles: announcements for meetings, descriptions of recently concluded activities, or any important scientific activities that might be of interest to others. We also invite your comments and views on the newsletter to ensure that the newsletter is beneficial to you. Do not hesitate to write to us and make our services better. You can do this through:
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