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The annual summit for national ministers of education and their immediate delegations is the internationally recognised ministerial forum for debating future practice in education and is a closed event by official invitation only.

It was held this year in January, with fifty-five ministers attending, sixty international speakers and over seventy countries represented.

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The AFRICA BUILD Portal presented at the 2012 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT

Maximo Ramirez-Robles at EuroAfrica-ICT

Maximo Ramirez-Robles from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (Spain) presented, last November 29th, the AFRICA BUILD Portal at the 2012 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT in Lisbon, Portugal. His presentation was located in the section of "Advanced technology to improve health (e-Health and HIS)". This participation was important to the dissemination of the AFRICA BUILD Project but also to introduce the AFRICA BUILD Portal in the African Health community. Collaboration from African Health Institutions was requested during the presentation.

New methods of cooperation in research collaboration between EU and Africa

Dr. Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) was invited by the EU to participate in the "Policy dialogue workshop on the interlinking roles of academic cooperation and research collaboration as a contribution to knowledge generation, exchange and capacity building measures" which was held on 23-24 October 2012 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Dr. Ruiz de Castaneda presented the RAFT and AFRICA BUILD Projects in the section of "New methods of cooperation in research collaboration between EU and Africa". The participation in this meeting was relevant for both, the dissemination of the RAFT and AFRICA BUILD Projects within the African Higher Education community and for developing new links with African and European Higher Education Institutions and their associated projects.

UniGE visits Ghana

Dr. Rafael Ruiz de Castaneda from the University of Geneva (Switzerland) met Prof. Richmond Aryeetey and his team at the Department of Biostatistics, and Prof. Julius Fobil at the Department of Biological, Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences of the School of Public Health of University of Ghana (Accra) from the 24-26th September 2012. The main objective of this visit was to obtain a closer notion on the academic system (type of credit system and accreditation process) used at the University of Ghana and identify specifically the training needs of teaching staff and students in the field of Medical Informatics and Environmental Health. The information gathered during these meetings will be particularly relevant for the development of courses of WP4 making possible to specifically adjust their content and structure to the training needs.


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AFRICA BUILD Partners meet in Geneva, Switzerland

On October 15th and 16th 2012, African and European Partners of the Africa Build Consortium met at the University of Geneva and the Geneva University Hospitals in Geneva, Switzerland. The first day of the meeting was dedicated to discussing activities, tasks and deliverables of the Workpackage 4 (Didactic contents developments). On the 16th of October the meeting focused in the morning on Workpackage 6 (pilot and validation) and during the afternoon each Workpackage leader presented a summary of activities, issues to be discussed, and moving forward (next steps) of their respective Workpackage.

Mark you calendar: 2012 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT

November 28-29, 2012
Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB) – Lisbon, Portugal

The ‘2012 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT’ (an event designed to anyone with an interest in Euro-African collaborative project on ICT) is organised by the EuroAfrica-P8 EU/FP7 funded project in the framework of the EuroAfrica-ICT Initiative and with the support of the National Science Foundation (FCT) of Portugal.

Held under the aegis of the EC, the AUC and the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership, the ‘2012 Africa-EU Cooperation Forum on ICT’ will be an event filled with discussions and debates, networking opportunities and knowledge sharing among key stakeholders in the field and policymakers coming from all over Europe and Africa.

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Sara Al-Bader

Sara Al-Bader was a doctoral candidate at the University of Toronto. During the final stage of writing her PhD thesis, she and her husbanded died in a car accident near Montreal.
Her colleagues and professor completed her thesis and the University of Toronto honored her memory by conferring her PhD posthumously.

“She was relentless in her pursuit of knowledge and her work reflected a keen understanding of both innovation theory and development theory. She had put so much work into her thesis and she was so passionate about understanding how innovation can work in different countries to improve health, to reduce inequity and poverty,” said Thorsteinsdóttir

Part of the analysis of the state of the art in Health Research conducted in AFRICA BUILD focuses on the aspect of utilizing new research and innovation for health and development. The readiness assessment section of this analysis is based on the great work of Sara El-Bader on Science-Based Health Innovation in Sub-Saharan Africa. In this way, AFRICA BUILD honors Sara Al-Bader's memory for her dedication for exploring African Innovation in the health sector.


AFRICA BUILD has participated in the VPH 2012 Conference in London, presenting the paper: "Building sustainable capacity for research for health in Africa: first stages of the AFRICA BUILD Project".

The Virtual Physiological Human Network of Excellence (VPH NoE) held the second of the series of VPH Conferences (VPH 2012) on 18 – 20 September 2012. The program this year consisted of four conference themes: (1) Physiome: multiscale modelling of physiology and pathology; (2) Virtual Physiological Human: infrastructures and technologies for integrative biomedical research; (3) Systems Medicine/ -omics and (4) VPH in Translation. VPH2012 aims at reaching outside of the VPH community to other equally important communities: systems biology and genomics.

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