Africa positions itself in the quantum computing race
27 August 2020  Issue No: 280
Africa Top Stories
PHOTOReimagining the nature of partnerships is not only relevant in postcolonial contexts or in North-South and South-North contexts more broadly, but in any engagement or relationship that benefits from the dismantling of unequal power relations.
A proposed new law threatens to allow intrusions by the government of Ghana into the life of universities, touching on institutional autonomy, individual rights and freedoms of academics and students, self-governance and tenure.
The government and higher education sector in the Democratic Republic of the Congo have succumbed to pressure from students and academics, resuming classes despite COVID-19 continuing to spread.
Africa Features
PHOTOThe cutting-edge IT field of quantum computing is developing across Africa, with South Africa considered the hub, in part through an IBM centre in Johannesburg that enables academics throughout the continent to freely access its quantum computer network, based in the United States, through the cloud.
Africa Analysis
PHOTOEfforts by the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences to map industry demands and identify STEM skills needed to boost job creation in Africa has produced a talent pool that is not only technically qualified, but also able to propose new and innovative solutions to industry challenges.
Africa News
PHOTOThe Association of African Universities has announced it is collaborating with the African Academy of Sciences to strengthen the continent’s science granting councils under the Science Granting Councils Initiative.
Global Commentary
PHOTOHong Kong’s academic success is quite remarkable for its size and its higher education’s USP has been its openness, internationalisation and cosmopolitanism. Could all that be about to change with the imposition of the new security law and what will be the wider impact?
World Blog
PHOTOThere are three main features of the value chain in academic research and publishing – quality, the editorial process and impact – yet all are problematic, particularly for those in certain regions of the world, when it comes to the service provided to society.
Global Features
PHOTOThe disruption caused by pandemic lockdowns affected day-to-day university work and research, but COVID-19’s impact on all sectors of society has opened the window to changes in research towards tackling societal challenges that require a longer perspective and an interdisciplinary approach.
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