Science and technology are increasingly emerging as critical instruments for helping developing countries tackle development challenges and bridge the North–South gap. Developing countries need to enhance scientific networking and access new and emerging technologies.
In response to this, UNCTAD, in collaboration with the United Nations Commission on Science and Technology for Development (CSTD), launched in 2005 the "Network of Centres of Excellence".
The Network of Centres of Excellence is a project designed to work with selected outstanding scientific and technological institutions in the developing world, using them as regional hubs of learning and training for developing country scientists and engineers. To this end, the Network organizes long- and short-term training courses scientists from developing countries, especially from Africa, seeking to create links within the scientific community and strengthen the mobility of scientists.
The training courses focus on new and emerging technologies, such as biotechnologies and ICTs.
Partners of the Network of Centres of Excellence
-Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine (IIDMM) - University of Cape Town, South Africa
-Agricultural Genetic Engineering Research Institute (AGERI) - Giza, Egypt
-International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) - New Delhi, India
-Sokoine University of Agriculture - Morogoro, United Republic of Tanzania
-H.E.J. Research Institute of Chemistry - University of Karachi, Pakistan
-National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture (NERCITA) - Beijing, China
-National Agency for Computer Security (NACS) - Tunisia
Network of Centres of Excellence
Science, Technology and ICTs Branch
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