Biotech Updates

Call for Greater Investment and Collaboration in Science in Africa

September 11, 2009

Mohamed H. A. Hassan, executive director of Third World Academy of Sciences (TWAS) conveyed the message that "Africa's universities must be reformed and strengthened, and each African country must have at least one world class university", during the Conference of Regional and Interregional Cooperation to Strengthen Basic Sciences in Developing Countries, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 1-4 September 2009. He further lamented the absence of science foundations in Africa and challenged the international funding organizations to continue to play a critical role in funding basic scientific research in many African countries. 

Hassan emphasized that there should be sufficient levels of regional and international cooperation to help raise the quality of education and research in Africa. "Steps must be taken to integrate the continents' scientists into the global scientific community and to create sufficient opportunities for African scientists to pursue science-based solutions to the continent's most challenging real-life problems", he concluded.

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