Africa and Arab States 2009-2011

In early 2009, UNESCO and HP agreed to extend the African pilot to over 20 higher education institutions in Africa and the Arab States region by 2011. The Brain Gain Initiative (BGI) should bring together over 20 institutions in some 16 countries.

Through the use of distributed computing, UNESCO, HP and other partners plan to create the first African regional university network and help reduce the number of skilled workers, scientists, academics and researchers that leave the region.

Innovative technology and funding support allows participating universities to re-establish links between researchers who have stayed in their countries and those living abroad, connect academics to international peers, research networks and funding opportunities. Faculties and students at beneficiary universities are able to work on innovative education projects with other institutions in their regions and around the world.

Fifteen new institutions have joined the BGI in October 2009 and four of the African Pilot institutions.

BGI Partner Institutions

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