WELCOME to our second quarterly newsletter of 2015, rounding up the latest news and events from UNU-MERIT and its School of Governance. We explore the push and pull of international development: innovation through science and entrepreneurship, and governance through public policy analysis. This time we feature event reports from India and Switzerland, summer schools in South Africa and Kyrgyzstan, while flying the flag at home in the latest rankings and awards.
In February we joined the World Bank, OECD and Confederation of Indian Industry for a conference on inclusive innovation in Delhi. Meanwhile, Prof. Khalid Koser was appointed Executive Director of the Global Community Engagement and Resilience Fund (GCERF) and, in a separate function, launched a report on migrant return and reintegration with the IOM in Geneva. Finally, Maastricht University was named the 2nd fastest-rising young university in the Times Higher Education world rankings.
We look forward to welcoming you to Maastricht, 1 June, for the 2015 European Meeting on Applied Evolutionary Economics(EMAEE). We will also co-host summer schools on impact evaluation methods in Kyrgyzstan, 21 June, and on social transfers in South Africa, 27 July. Then later in the year, we will co-organise the second international conference on sustainable development in Africa with CRES Senegal, 26 November; the call for papers ends 31 May.
The first quarter of 2015 saw the release of a new book on ICT in Sudanese universities, as well as chapters on the dynamics of rural innovation and policy coordination in Costa Rica. Our researchers also published journal articles on issues including science and technology in the BRICS countries, migration and remittances in Afghanistan, and sustainability in Chilean industry. We also published a policy brief on innovation for development in Southern and Eastern Africa.
Early 2015 saw Master’s graduate Andrés Mideros Mora appointed Vice-Minister in Ecuador, with the role of ‘Technical Secretary for the Eradication of Poverty’. Closer to home, two other Master’s alumni, Catalina Goanta and Lorraine Wong received awards at a ceremony in Maastricht; in a double blog post they share their background stories and hopes for the future. Please contact Sueli Brodin for more details on our Master’s and PhD alumni activities.
In the first quarter of 2015, our researchers published one book, two book chapters, eight journal articles, and 15 working papers. We also hosted nine joint seminars, while producing 18 videos and 24 web articles. By the end of March, our Facebook page had drawn more than 4,220 ‘likes’, while our YouTube channel had amassed over 70,800 views and 400 subscribers. Meanwhile, we had more than 1580 followers on our Twitter account.
Until next time, in early July, please follow us on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube. Recent shares include blogs on extreme poverty goals and top entrepreneurs in emerging economies. We also present video highlights from our ‘press reviews’, covering all publications month-by-month. Finally, see the clips from our course on social protection, a joint seminar on equality and justice, and a conference on international development.
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