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New Study: University-Community Linkages in Africa
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New Study: University-Community Linkages in Africa

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South Africa’s Human Sciences Research Council has presented new research on the relationship between universities and marginalised communities in four African countries, University World News reports. “According to the research, it was common to find universities extending their knowledge in relation to improving lives in marginalised communities through products such as low-cost water purifiers, sustainable solar energy systems or new cheap technologies for sanitation,” writes UWN reporter, Munyaradzi Makoni. “But academics and universities remained at a distance during the roll out of these technologies in marginalised communities,” he writes. The study is led by HSRC researchers Glenda Kruss and Michael Gastrow and is funded by Canada’s International Development Research Centre. [Image credit: Flickr, Gordon Tour]

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Bergen to Host Discussion on North-South Academic Collaboration
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Bergen to Host Discussion on North-South Academic Collaboration

The University of Bergen in Norway is to host a conference that considers the question: “Why should universities and academics in the North and South collaborate?” “This conference opens the discussion about academic cooperation vs. academic competition,” the event’s website says. The Norwegian Programme for Capacity Development in Higher Education and Research for Development (NOHRED) will also be presented at the gathering. [Image credit: Flickr, Andrew Schwegler]

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SANORD Annual Conference Goes to Namibia
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SANORD Annual Conference Goes to Namibia

The Polytechnic of Namibia, based in Windhoek, is to host the Southern African Nordic Centre’s conference this December. The theme of the gathering is framed as a question: “What is the role of Higher Education institutions and North-South collaboration in shaping the UN Development Agenda Post-2015?” Specific topics for discussion include: redefining the role of Higher Education institutions in the UN development agenda post-2015; redefining the role of the actor of knowledge and actor of industry to work together to shape future goals of sustainable development; how does indigenous knowledge challenge ideas of development?; the role of indigenous knowledge in the shaping of a sustainable “knowledge based economy”; and the role of Knowledge Communities in the shaping of a sustainable “knowledge based economy”. SANORD presently has 42 members. [Image credit: SANORD]

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World’s Research Administrators and Managers to Meet in Australia in 2016
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World’s Research Administrators and Managers to Meet in Australia in 2016

The sixth International Network of Research Management Societies (INORMS) conference will be held in September 2016 in Melbourne. Its theme is Research Management in a Connected World. "It is aimed at those involved in research management and administration in all its guises from senior management through to those new to the profession,” the event's website says. INORMS 2016 is being organised by the Australasian Research Management Society (ARMS). For more information write to info[at]inorms2016.org. [Image credit: INORMS]

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Announcement: Workshop on Pathways for Research Uptake
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Announcement: Workshop on Pathways for Research Uptake

CAAST-Net Plus is co-organising a workshop with the Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA) project to take place on 12 May 2015 in South Africa. Our shared ambition? To initiate a series of discussions that adopt a “fresh approach” to knowledge transfer and research uptake. [Image credit: Flickr, Janneke Staaks]

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New Date and Venue for CARIMA Conference Announced
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New Date and Venue for CARIMA Conference Announced

The second annual conference of the Central African Research and Innovation Management Association (CARIMA) will take place from 4 to 6 May 2015 at the University of Buea in Cameroon. On the agenda? The effective communication of research, inter- and intra-regional research collaboration in Central Africa, and the sustainability of research and innovation management in the region. For more information about the meeting, email Dr Josepha Foba at jnfoba[at]gmail.com. [Image credit: CARIMA]

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Tenth eLearning Africa Conference Goes to Ethiopia
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Tenth eLearning Africa Conference Goes to Ethiopia

The largest international gathering of ICT professionals working within African education and development will be held from 20 to 22 May 2015 in Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa. The event is expected to draw approximately 1 500 participants, and will be held at the African Union headquarters. Its theme is Enriching Tomorrow, with topics up for discussion such as: The Age of Openness; Developing ICT Competence; and Local Cultures, Diversity and ICT. [Image credit: eLearning Africa]

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CARIMA Conference Postponed
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CARIMA Conference Postponed

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A meeting of the Central African Research and Innovation Management Association (CARIMA), which was scheduled to take place in Malabo this week, has been moved to May (date to be confirmed). Dr Josepha Foba Tendo of the University of Buea in Cameroon can be contacted for further information (jnfoba[at]gmail.com). [Image credit: CARIMA]

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Results from Uganda-Sweden Health Research Partnership
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Results from Uganda-Sweden Health Research Partnership

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SciDevNet journalist Esther Nakkazi has highlighted results from a longstanding bi-regional partnership between Makerere University in Uganda and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Writes Nakkazi: “Over the past ten years, 44 PhD students have graduated through the partnership, and more than 500 joint peer-reviewed articles have been published, most with a Ugandan as a first author, the study says.” Funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA), the purpose of the partnership was to “strengthen the collaboration between senior researchers, facilitate staff development, improve administrative procedures, and foster internationalisation at both universities,” the initiative’s Memorandum of Understanding says. The results are fully documented in an article accessible at this link: http://journals.plos.org/plosmedicine/article?id=10.1371/journal.pmed.1001784. [Image credit: Flickr, Sweggs]

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