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Chemistry In Africa's Least Developed Countries
An Overview of Capacity Building and Research Support
Report prepared by C. F. Garbers (1998)

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This new pilot project by The World Bank could have a significant impact on future IUPAC/UNESCO initiatives. Activities being carried out under the pilot phase consist of delivery, by satellite - INTELSAT 803, of credit and non-credit instructional programs, from universities and educational institutions in developed countries through satellite receiver terminals to six English, six French, and three Portuguese speaking African countries. (ref. 44)

Of particular significance is the development of a digital library program to make scientific information available to African students and faculties. Ongoing negotiations are underway with a number of content providers (Indexing and Abstracting Services and Full Text on-line) as well as library gateway providers. Once these negotiations have been successfully completed, it could pave the way for access to current scientific literature to African Universities.

Attention should also be drawn to the Francophone Virtual University, UREF, which seeks to utilize modern information technologies to serve the teaching, research, and information access needs of francophone Africa. A distance learning course for inter alia Chemistry will be introduced in 1998 on an experimental basis, with the view to set up a formal program of tertiary studies by the year 2000. (ref. 45)

It would appear that Higher Education is experiencing a shift from teaching to learning, from contact to distance and open learning, and from books to electronic and virtual approaches, opening up possibilities for inter-institutional collaboration.

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