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US Guru Discusses Globalisation of Science, Technology in Dar

2007-07-05 08:54:33 By Guardian Reporter

A US expert in Science, Professor Osama O. Awadelkarim was in the country to exchange notes with his local counterparts on globalization of science and technology as well as on available opportunities for Africa to address the its economic and social problems.

Awadelkarim, professor of engineering Science and Mechanics and Associate Director for the Centre of Nanotechnology Education and Utilization at Pennsylvania University, shared his expertise with the country+s science community on appropriate strategies to tackle poverty.

According to a statement issued by the US Embassy, Prof. Awadelkarim conducted lectures and discussions with the Tanzania Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), College of Engineering and Faculty of Science at the University of Dar es Salaam.

He has also met with students from various schools in the country and encouraged them to pursue sciences to advance their futures.

Prof. Awadelkarim discussed a wide range of topics-mathematics, education for science and technology based development in Africa, and prospects for nanotechnology (which allows for the control of matter at one billionth of a metre) research and education in Africa.

'The expert discussed globalisation of science and technology and opportunities for Africa to address economical and social development challenges as well as eradication of poverty,' according to the statement.

The expert shared his experience on ways of global collaboration in science and technology and how countries can negotiate agreements with the US Department of State and other agencies.

Prof. Awadelkarim is currently a Jefferson science fellow at the US Department of State.

He holds a Bachelor's degree in Physics from the University of Khartoum in his native Sudan and a Doctoral degree in Physics from Reading University in the UK.

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