Brain gain is a hot issue in a continent still learning to learn

Written by Professor John Hearn, Chief executive of the Worldwide Universities Network and Chairman of the Australia Africa Universities Network. Originally published on 10 October 2012 in The Australian.


I am standing near the southern tip of Africa with the great mass of Table Mountain at my back. To the north, the sub-Saharan Africa stretches into the distance.

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University of Southampton improves across the board as National Student Survey results are released

The University of Southampton has improved in all 22 areas of the latest National Student Survey (NSS) results, published today (Thursday 27 September).

In particular, Southampton has received 100 per cent satisfaction ratings in four subject areas: Ocean and Earth Sciences (Geology), Modern Languages (French), Modern Languages (German) and Ship Science.

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Secrets in small blood vessels could reveal the risks of heart disease and diabetes

Researchers at the University of Southampton together with colleagues at King’s College London have embarked on a unique study that will shed new light on the risk of heart disease and diabetes in later life.

A healthy diet for pregnant women is important for the health of the baby. Having a poor diet in pregnancy, such as one that is too high in fat, may cause problems in the offspring’s later life. However, the exact mechanisms controlling the effect of diet during pregnancy on the long-term health of children are not well understood.

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New Global Initiative to Accelerate the Development of Academic Talent

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UCT hosts international higher education conference

WUN member, the University of Cape Town hosted the 16thAnnual International  Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) Conference from 29 August to 1 September 2012, attracting 300 delegates from around the world.

Opened by UCT Vice-Chancellor, Dr Max Price, the conference examined the state of internationalisation of universities in South Africa and how they can best keep apace with the rest of the world in this dynamic facet of higher education. The hosting of the conference was evidence of UCT’s commitment to internationalisation.

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Children’s body fatness linked to decisions made in the womb

New born human infants have the largest brains among primates, but also the highest proportion of body fat. Before birth, if the supply of nutrients from the mother through the placenta is limited or unbalanced, the developing baby faces a dilemma: should resources be allocated to brain growth, or to fat deposition for use as an energy reserve during the early months after birth?

Scientists at the University of Southampton have shown that this decision could have an effect on how fat we are as children.

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Climate change stories from the abyss

A team of scientists including those from the University of Southampton have shed new light on the world’s history of climate change.

The Pacific Ocean has remained the largest of all oceans on the planet for many million years. It covers one third of the Earth’s surface and has a mean depth of 4.2 km. Its biologically productive equatorial regions play an important role particularly to the global carbon cycle and long-term climate development.

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