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Science in Higher Education and Development in Africa

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  • UserProfessor Alec Boksenberg CBE FRS (Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge; Institute of Astronomy, Cambridge); Honorary Professor of Experimental Astronomy, University of Cambridge; Fellow of University College, London
  • ClockThursday 23 January 2014, 18:00-19:00
  • HouseWine Room, King's College, Cambridge, CB2 1ST.

If you have a question about this talk, please contact Dr Pauline Essah.

Wine will be served from 17:45pm.....

The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project is a globally international effort to build the world’s largest radio telescope. The scientific aims are sighted on the origin and development of the Universe. The project represents a huge leap forward in both engineering and research. It will use hundreds of thousands of radio telescopes and its central computer will have the processing power of about one hundred million PCs. The majority of the telescopes will be built in South Africa with additional telescopes spread over the continent involving eight African partner countries. The development of large scale radio astronomy facilities is recognised as a powerful driver of socio-economic development in Africa.

UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations, contributing to global harmony and sustainable development through education, the sciences, culture, communication and information. One of its main programmes is “Priority Africa”. Strong strategic aims in science are facilitating the development of Higher Education and in general creating an enabling environment to allow science and technology to flourish. In an independent example The Future University is a newly established private university in Khartoum, Sudan, which is strongly focused on science and technology.

This talk is part of the Cambridge-Africa Programme series.

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