• Blog-Series: Courses on Research Collaboration

Review: Research Universities in Africa

Akiiki Babyesiza reviews the recent publication ‘Research Universities in Africa’ that argues that universities should not be instrumental for development but the core engines of development. The book offers a comparative study of eight African universities, their features and contexts.

News, Calls and other Links #3/2019

Our third issue of news and links with grant offers from UKRI, EDCTP, and TWAS; a call for conference papers on the subject of knowledge production in North-South collaboration; and among other challenging reads about the African publication landscape, the commercialization of higher education and South Africa resisting World Bank’s policy advise.

Taxation and the funding of science

Big corporation’s licit and illicit tax evasion behavior prevents African governments and citizens from building up the resources needed to invest in public goods in their countries. This also affects the scientific and higher education sector. Lack of funds for R&D should hence not only be analyzed in the light of  government commitments but also in the light of the prevailing international political economy.

Elizabeth Rasekoala on science and ownership

This interview with Dr. Elizabeth Rasekoala was conducted during the SciCOM 100 Conference in 2018, ‘Science Communication and Democratic South Africa: Prospects and Challenges’ (5-7 November) at Stellenbosch University. As the team of sureco-review, we were interested to learn more about African Gong and the Co-Founder and President, Dr. Rasekoala. African Gong is the Pan-African Network for the Popularization of Science & Technology and Science Communication.

Science diplomacy – a catch-all concept in public policy?

Science diplomacy has attracted a lot of attention during the last decade. A great many of other intermediary organizations have adopted the term to rebrand their activities, programs, and agendas. Nicolas Rüffin argues that we are dealing with a moving target when studying science diplomacy.