Published in STEP Blog by Dr. Sohaib Khan - Sept 3, 2009
“Massive funding for Pakistan’s ailing universities holds many lessons for other developing nations”, states the editorial of this week’s edition of Nature, published today. Nature, which is one of the most respected scientific journal, highlights the successes of Pakistan’s higher education reforms initiated in 2002, citing the free national digital library, high-speed internet access for universities and the foreign scholarship program as examples of successes.
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admin @ April 3, 2010
Dr. Athar Osama is a public policy researcher with specialization in science and innovation policy and a visiting fellow at Pardee Centre for the Study of Long Range Global Future at Boston University. He is the lead author of the article “Pakistan’s Reform Experiment” in this week’s issue of Nature (Sept. 3, 2009), which is raising quite a bit of debate (and controversy) on whether the Higher Education Commission has delivered the aspired results and what can other countries contemplating the reforms learn from this experience. STEP contacted him to seek his views on the article.
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Originally published in “Sueddeutsche Zeitung”, February 28, 2002
Written by Petra Steinberger — translated by Connor Spreng, RGS Fellow
The cold god of the future
The original “Think Tank”. Visiting the Californian RAND Corporation.
Natalie Crawford might be a regular American housewife, who is enjoying the latter half of her career in California, after raising her children. Her hair is kept short, her outfit is discreet, lips are red, the voice friendly, if resolute. In Natalie Crawford’s office there are no family pictures, but instead, pictures of fighter jets, certificates, tokens of friendships from pilots - and repeatedly herself: In this or that bomber, in battle dress uniform with the boys of the US Air Force - “I fought hard to obtain their acceptance.” As an engineer in the mid-60’s, she developed a new weapon for the Air Force. Today Natalie Crawford is the director of Project Air Force, the true heart of the RAND Corporation.
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admin @ March 25, 2010
Washington Goes to Sand Hill Road: The Federal Government Forays into Venture Capital Industry
By Dr. Athar Osama
Published by Technology and Foresight Project of Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars
Wilson Center Press Release:
Renewed interest in federal support for high-risk, high-reward research and development requires a re-evaluation of federal venture capital programs, concludes a new white paper released today by the Foresight and Governance Project at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
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