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UNESCO and HP launch ICT based project to counter brain drain in Africa

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UNESCO and Hewlett-Packard have launched a joint project to help reduce brain drain in Africa by providing grid computing technology to universities in Algeria, Ghana, Nigeria, Senegal and Zimbabwe.

The project aims to establish links between researchers who have stayed in their countries and those that have left, connecting scientists to international colleagues, research networks and potential funding organisations. Faculties and students at beneficiary universities will also be able to work on major collaborative research projects with other institutions around the world.

“This project harnesses the enormous potential of the information and communication technologies to bring people together and to spread the benefits of research and development across the north south divide,” said the Director-General of UNESCO, Koïchiro Matsuura. “We trust that such projects and such partnerships will enable us to reduce significantly the devastating effects of brain drain on some of the weakest societies in the world,” he concluded.

“HP has a unique, long-standing relationship with UNESCO, and the two organisations have worked jointly on several projects in different countries. This new African project builds on the success of a similar UNESCO-HP initiative launched in 2003 in South East Europe to alleviate brain drain in the region that now includes eight countries,” said Bernard Meric, Senior Vice President External Affairs, HP EMEA.