Research in North African Universities

An article of Wagdy Sawahel for University World News of 13 January 2017 Issue No:188 dwelt on the hot subject of Research in North African universities, particularly of Egypt.   We reproduce the said article that confirms the need for some political decision in favour of Research in the present universities by facilitating funding, and supporting governance through institutional transparency and academic freedom so as to possibly improve on the current movement towards research.   North Africa’s Research Universities on the rise – slowly   Universities in North Africa are starting to join the research universities movement, recognising its potential in fostering innovation, promoting entrepreneurship and developing a sustainable knowledge economy, but they still face significant challenges. “Research universities, which are mainly responsible for offering research-oriented programmes in an academic setting, are emerging in North Africa,” Samir Khalaf Abd-El-Aal, research professor at the National Research Centre in Cairo, told University World News. “However, [this] is in its early stages.” [. . .]

The World 2017’s Top Technology Trends

The Conversation produced this article that is a very commendable effort of Tom Garner, Research Fellow, School of Creative Technologies, University of Portsmouth. The author elaborates on the near future of all things robotic and The World 2017’s Top Technology Trends . We reproduce this brilliant piece for the benefit of all with our best wishes for a New and Prosperous Year for each and everyone. Why connecting all the world’s robots will drive 2017’s top technology trends If you want to make predictions for the future, you need to find the trajectory of events in the past. So to work out what shape digital technology will likely take next year, we should look back to the major developments of 2016. And the past year’s developments point to a 2017 shaped by the next phase of virtual and augmented reality, the emergence of an internet for artificial intelligence and the creation of personalised digital [. . . ]

Incorporating Social Sciences in STEM Disciplines

Lately, there has been a lot of discussion highlighting the need for incorporating social sciences in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines in order to foster creativity, increase empathy and create a better understanding of the human condition among scientists.
Unfortunately, however, all this talk hasn’t changed the reality on the ground.
As a researcher and teacher in biomedical engineering, looking at the fundamental functions of the human body, I feel that we in engineering (as well as other sciences) have done a disservice to our students. We have failed to connect them to the history of science through stories of scientists.
Our students, these days, have little knowledge about the giants on whose shoulders we all stand.
And yet [. . .]

Algeria’s new road-map for higher education

Detailed in University World News of October 10th, 2016 is Algeria’s new road-map for higher education and research. According to UWN, the country’s goal is to build a knowledge-based economy by raising educational standards, improving the employability of graduates and revitalising research.
The roadmap was announced by Algerian Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Tahar Hadjar on 18 September, as reported by Sawtalakhar newspaper. Among other measures, the roadmap includes a national ranking system for Algerian universities to assist them in meeting international standards. A monitoring and evaluation system for the performance of higher education institutions will be established along with improving university services and other issues such as transparency and openness.
The roadmap calls for the initiation of dialogue between universities and social partners as well as the enhancement

Investing in Higher Education and Research

Dr Olin Cleve McDaniel, COO at the American University of Sharjah, explained in Gulf business of September 18th, 2016) how the MENA region can support economic goals by investing in higher education and research.
The Middle East and North Africa region – and the Gulf Cooperation Council in particular – has set ambitious goals for growth and development to withstand challenging economic conditions that are being witnessed across the globe.
Here is the extensive version of the article: “These goals are in line with diversification plans that have been made while the region continues to witness a number of geo-political, societal and economic changes which are also leading to lasting, long-term impact on the area.
In order to move forward, ensure true progress and promote economic growth and innovation in the Arab world, it is essential that leaders from both the public and private sectors refocus efforts on areas that will provide the tools necessary for implementing ambitious targets. Higher education is essential to achieving these goals and, despite there being a clear priority by many governments to fund education, research and development, there is room for further growth and improvement in this sector.
Regionally, there is a lack of literature about educational investment and its long-term impact on economic progress, . . .