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Five Challenges for a Paradigm Shift in Global Health
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Five Challenges for a Paradigm Shift in Global Health

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A research article proposes a new global health agenda which will be “appropriately broad” and “universally applicable” in order to reach the millennium development goals and combat communicable and non-communicable disease. The article, ‘Health in the sustainable development goals: ready for a paradigm shift?’, appeared in the journal Globalisation and Health on 3 March. The authors from UNAIDS and the University College London give five challenges to overcome: ensuring leadership cohesion and coordination of structural drivers of health; shifting focus from treatment to prevention; tackling the commercial determinants of ill-health; rights-based approaches; and enhancing civic engagement and accountability. [Image credit: Flickr/Gates Foundation]

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International Cooperation Could ‘Fast Forward’ African Research
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International Cooperation Could ‘Fast Forward’ African Research

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African universities can “fast forward” their research development through international cooperation, University World News reported on 6 March as part of a special series of articles about the African Higher Education Summit. Despite the positives, the article warns of potential negative aspects of internationalisation. “[These] risks include the perpetuation of brain drain, commodification and commercialisation of research outputs, and unfair collaborative arrangements dominated by hegemonic universities in advanced economies.” The other articles in the series deal with policy reforms, flagship universities, PhD production, research productivity, incentives for knowledge production, student engagement, managing conflict and differentiation in the system. [Image credit: Flickr/Clive Reid]

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CAAST-Net Plus Horizon 2020 Info Session in Cameroon
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CAAST-Net Plus Horizon 2020 Info Session in Cameroon

CAAST-Net Plus will host an information session on the European Union's €80 billion research and innovation funding instrument Horizon 2020 in Buea later this year. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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TRECCAfrica Opens 2015 Scholarship Applications
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TRECCAfrica Opens 2015 Scholarship Applications

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The Transdisciplinary Training for Resource Efficiency and Climate Change Adaptation in Africa project (TRECCAfrica) announced applications for its 2015 scholarship programme on 20 February 2015. The project is funded and managed by the European Union. The thematic focus of the call is food security due to climate change, resource depletion and environmental services. Africans living on the continent or abroad can apply for a Masters scholarship, Masters or PhD mobility funding or staff exchanges for TRECCAfrica partner universities. The partners are the Universities of Botswana, Dar es Salaam, Ghana, Nairobi, Nigeria Nsukka, Mekelle and Stellenbosch. Students from other universities can also apply and the studies are tenable only at a partner institution. Applications close on 22 March 2015. [Image credit: Flickr/Ronnie Pitman]

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South Africa to Host CAAST-Net Plus Annual Meeting
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South Africa to Host CAAST-Net Plus Annual Meeting

CAAST-Net Plus partners and invited stakeholders will gather this May in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the project's third annual meeting. A review of the project’s progress, challenges, and a way forward on EU-Africa STI collaboration in health, climate change, and food security will be the main focus of the discussion. In conjunction with the ACU-SARIMA conference, CAAST-Net Plus will also host a joint session with DFID-funded project, Development Research Uptake in Sub-Saharan Africa (DRUSSA), on the relationships between university research partnerships, responsible leadership, the policy environment, policy uptake and the contribution of the private sector for solutions to global challenges. [Image credit: CAAST-Net Plus]

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South Africa to Host Major Research and Innovation Conference
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South Africa to Host Major Research and Innovation Conference

Research and innovation for global challenges and the role of universities in bolstering development efforts are the focus areas of a major event to take place in South Africa in May 2015. Key policy-makers, research and higher education representatives, private sector actors, and funders are expected to attend. Abstracts may be submitted up until 26 January 2015 and interested participants are encouraged to take advantage of an early registration offer that closes on 28 February 2015. The conference is co-organised by the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) and the Southern African Research and Innovation Management Association (SARIMA). [Image credit: SARIMA]

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Research and Innovation Management Conference in Nigeria
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Research and Innovation Management Conference in Nigeria

The West African Research and Innovation Management Association (WARIMA) will host its annual conference in Ondo State, Nigeria, at the Elizade University Campus. The conference will focus on “enhancing university-government-industry research and innovation partnerships for local relevance and global competitiveness,” the WARIMA website says. Policy-makers, academics and researchers are invited to attend. [Image credit: WARIMA]

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Funding Available for Sweden-Tanzania Research Capacity Building Partnerships
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Funding Available for Sweden-Tanzania Research Capacity Building Partnerships

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The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA) is seeking joint proposals from Tanzanian and Swedish research institutions for its Research Training Partnership Programme. Five-year partnerships, covering areas such as research management, uptake and communication, will be aimed at “supporting the strengthening of institutional research capacity at universities and research institutions/organizations in Sweden’s target countries,” SIDA’s website says. The deadline for proposals to SIDA is 31 October 2014. [Image credit: Flickr, ILRI]

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Stellenbosch and ETH Switzerland Team Up
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Stellenbosch and ETH Switzerland Team Up

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Stellenbosch University and Switzerland’s Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zurich (ETH Zurich) have signed a memorandum of understanding to formalise their collaboration. The memorandum aims to facilitate “new opportunities for research; a student exchange agreement for Master's degree seeking students; the expansion of ETH Excellence Scholarships; and potential summer school programs,” the ETH Zurich website says. Areas of research collaboration will include human nutrition, minerology and conservation ecology. [Image credit: Flickr, US Army Africa]

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CAAST-Net Plus is funded by the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement 311806
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