On Tuesday, April 28, 2009, the U.S. Civilian Research and Development Foundation (CRDF) hosted a special information session entitled "Scientific Higher Education in Africa" for African embassy representatives at its headquarters office in Arlington, VA. The briefing highlighted CRDF's successful model for the development of research and education centers and the benefit of a similar program in Africa.
President & CEO Cathleen Campbell delivered opening remarks with a presentation outlining CRDF's capabilities. Senior Technical Advisor Dr. Marilyn Pifer presented an in-depth overview of CRDF's higher education achievements, and the benefits and potential challenges of applying CRDF programs in Africa. In attendance were representatives of several African embassies in Washington, D.C.
After the formal presentations, there was a lively exchange of ideas with the embassy representatives. The general consensus at the end of the briefing was that Africa could greatly benefit from the establishment of integrated research and education centers to address local scientific and technical challenges. CRDF not only hopes to continue the dialogue started by the embassy briefing, but also to form collaborative partnerships in Africa by adapting our scientific higher education programs to fit the specific needs of individual countries.
For more information, please contact Dr. Pifer.