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akadaSocial Networks and the Globalised World —Globalization and TechnologyGlobalization, in its current definition by soc...
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akadaMDGs Beyond 2015.Can the UN get it right this time!                                                                  ...
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  1. 1. akada June-August ‘11 akada AFRICA ASIA SCHOLARS April-July‘13 G L O B A L Nakada O R K ETW akada Africa Asia Pacific Scholars Authoritative Newsletter Special Points ofInterest: Post MDGs - AASGON seeks for SDGs Minist er Da vid A number of demands remain Cameron of the Health & Education unanswered and unresolved, as United Kingdom to challenges facing developing jointly head a ‘High Economy & Finance countries expand incessantly . -level Panel of Eminent Persons on Academic Exchange There is greater need for the the Post-2015 Group of 77 (G77) to preserve Development Heritage & Diversity the spirit of the UN Charter and Agenda’. to make the UN a more effective “The greater Creative Arts To complement the work of the forum for confronting and High Panel, the UN Chief on part of progress resolving the challenges devel- Governance August 9, 2012 launched the is the desire oping nations face in todays changing world. Sustainable Development Civil Liberties Solutions Network (SDSN), a to progress” new independent global Sports, Travel & Tours A typical example is the global network of research centres, - Seneca concerns on climate change Career universities and technical insti- tutions. In the words of Profes- Social Networking sor Jeffrey D. Sachs, the appointed head of SDSN and “We need to invest Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on global more in our people, our anti-poverty targets "In the 20 scholars and students. years since the first Rio Earth That is why AASGON’s Summit, the world has largely work is so strategic and failed to address some of the most serious environmental and vital in our endeavour to which became President Barack social problems pressing in on overcome the massive Obama’s most prominent policy. us" difficulties that confront In his second inaugural address in Washington DC, Obama told our continents” "We cant afford business as - Ambassador Yuri the world. “We will respond to usual. We need to engage the the threat of climate change, academic and scientific commu- Thamrin knowing that failure to do so nity, and tap into worldwide tech- Director –General Inside this issue: would betray our children and future generations” nological know-how in the private Africa Asia Pacific Affairs sector and civil society, in order Republic of Indonesia ASEAN—AU Collaboration 2 to develop and implement practi- With the mandate to prepare a cal solutions" affirmed Mr. Sachs, Social Network & Globalization 3 ‘practical development vision’ for presentation to the General who is also a Director at Colum- Africa Turns Gold AUAP-Academic Entrepreneurship 4 bia University’s Earth Institute. Assembly Member States in SDGs—Can the UN get it right 8 September 2013, the UN In order to complement practical Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon recommendations on a global post UNU Brazing Global Health 9 on the 31st of July 2012 ap- -2015 agenda”, the Africa Asia pointed President Susilo Bam- Scholar’s Global Network Poverty on the Bed of Riches 12 bang Yudhoyono of Indonesia; (AASGON) in its effort at Liberia President Ellen Johnson ‘building formidable blocks of Environmental Apprehension 16 Sirleaf of Liberia and Prime sustained prosperity for all’, has Challenges of Wealth Creation 19 developed and put forward a China Vows Equity in Africa 20 ACCSEP number of strategies that will fashion in a much ‘Sustainable AAPUMAC 2013 22 Development Goals’ (SDGs), Shinning Folk Singer 1st Lady 23 particularly within the Africa Asia Advertise in Pacific region, through the direct Nigeria— Africa Soccer Kingpin 27 engagement of government, the akada academic, the organised private Millions read Paris Peace Accords 29 sector and the civil society. contact Africa Golden Jubilee 30 akada@aasgon.net
  2. 2. akada The AUC delegation engaged in extensiveASEAN—AU discussions with senior staff members of the ASEAN Secretariat on the develop-Collaboration ments in ASEAN and ASEAN community building process as well as of AU’s.“ASEAN and the African Union can forge “ASEAN actively develops its friendly external relations, mutually beneficial dialogue and cooperation, and part- nerships with countries, sub-regional, regional, and international organiza- tions and institutions. Relations with our external partners have not only Second ASSROC held in August 2004 benefited ASEAN in our community- in South Africa. building efforts, but also our external partners.” said Deputy-Secretary- Most notably were the Asian-African General of ASEAN, Nyan Lynn in his Summit and the Commemoration of the welcome remarks to the AUC dele- Golden Jubilee of the 1955 Asian- gation, suggesting that ASEAN is African Conference in Jakarta andcloser cooperation and have ex- keen to explore practical cooperation with Bandung in April 2005 with the adoptionchanges of experience and best practices the African Union as well as the sub- of the Declaration on the New Asian-on many areas of our respective strengths regional groupings in the continent. African Strategic Partnership (NAASP).such as regional economic integration,political and security cooperation, and During the discussion, both sides recalled The declaration emphasises the needdevelopment cooperation and addressing the Asia-Africa synergy derived from the to promote practical cooperationchallenges faced by each organisation,” ‘Spirit of Bandung’ in 1955, and subse- between the two continents in areassaid the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr. quent high-level contacts and efforts to such as trade, industry, investmentSurin Pitsuwan to the visiting delegation forge closer relations and cooperation finance, tourism, information andof the African Union Commission (AUC) between Asia and Africa, including the communication technology, energyled by Dr. Maxwell M. Mkwezalamba, First Asian-African Sub-Regional Organi- health, transportation, agriculture, waterCommissioner for Economic Affairs dur- zations Conference (AASROC) held in resources and fisheries.ing the latter’s two-day working visit to the April 2003 in Bandung, Indonesia and theASEAN Secretariat in 2012.Japan Remembers ASEAN’s Help Two Years After TsunamiThe anniversary of the devastating earthquake and tsunami in northeast Japan was the focus of the March2013 edition of “ASEAN Today.” Interviews with residents rebuilding their lives, and what ASEAN did tohelp is in a special report from the area hit two years ago. Dalton Tanonaka of Indonesia’s Metro TV reports on The ASEAN region occupies only three per the people and places of the dynamic Southeast Asia cent of the earth’s total surface yet it is home region. to over 20 per cent of all known plant, animal and marine species, providing food, medicine, shelter, clothing and other biological goods Also included in the month’s program were stories on and ecosystems services to almost the booming business in coconut water in the Philip- 600 million people in ASEAN pines, serving up snake in Vietnam, and the “Super Idol Taiwan” success of Indonesian singer Nana Lee.Durudee Sirichanya, Head of Public Outreach and Civil Society Division of the ASEAN Secretariat, has theregular feedback segment.Get your copy of ’ASEAN Today’ contact Tanonaka at Dalton@metromnews. Watch Out! “Over 1.7 billion people do not have access to improved sanitation. The slow progress 1st Roundtable - Africa on the MDG goal of halving the proportion Asia Pacific Diplomats, without access to improved sanitation is of Scholars & Corporate great concern. This target will not be Chiefs (RAAPDISCC) 2014 achieved by 2015” - ADB Vice-President Page 2
  3. 3. akadaSocial Networks and the Globalised World —Globalization and TechnologyGlobalization, in its current definition by social theorists, refers to fundamental changes inthe spatial and temporal contours of social existence (Scheuerman, 2010). The term‘globalization’ was most commonly used when discussing global market trends, but is nowwidely used to explain the rapid expansion of information and global connectedness. Thedefinition of technology in a globalized world is ever-changing. It is conceived as a tool,technique or method that serves a purpose or solves a problem. It isn’t just a computer orthe Internet, it can be the way in which we function. According to John Dewey, the mean-ing of technology is determined by how we use it (Hickman, 1992). Everyday we areusing some form of technology that directly and indirectly connects us with another personin another part of the world.It is clear that with Internet access and participation in social networking sites, our currentsocial being in the age of globalization, is no longer limited by locality; it has become aglobal existence. Due to social media advancements in technology and social networking,voices are being heard around the world, everyone can be an author and originality is nowa grey area. Social networking is now becoming a large part of how students learn andbecome aware of global issues; whether they are fully accurate or not. In order forstudents to be informed and knowledgeable about global issues in the age of globalizationand rapid technological growth, the value of being part of a social/ educational network isimperative.In the spring of 2011, the world discovered just how powerful social networking can bewith the organized demonstrations in the Middle East. The youth of the Middle Eastconnected using social networks, and educated the world on the current issues and prac-tices that were happening in their region.The media exalted their triumphs and the value of the Internet as a tool for social changeimpacted the world. The concept of networking (the exchange of information or servicesamong individuals, groups or institutions) as an educational tool is not limited to socialnetworks. By seizing collaborative opportunities and using learning networks, students andteachers gain a better understanding of the world around them through technology and theInternet. They can become knowledgeable global citizens via the global village. For more on ‘Global Connectedness and Global Citizenship Education log on https://sites.google.com/site/ globalconnectednessineducation/ Africa @ 50 …from back page Fiji Heads G77 @ UN The AUC work force should review its The Economist policies, adopt practical targets and deemed Africa the replicate best practices, be more account- able and transparent in its stewardship,“hopeless continent” empower and develop closer partnership in the early 2000s. with the civil society and its Asian counterparts, be efficient and strongly This narrative has committed to the ideals of the Union andbeen retracted by the commit to the best interest of the poor With great hope and optimism voiceless masses.magazine and revised Africa needs to leverage the As the continent marks its Golden Jubilee as “A hopeful akada joins millions of Africans home and vast opportunities at its door. continent”. abroad to echo the concluding statement of the AUC Chairperson “Let us commit to working together towards a glorious - Dr. Albert Barnes destiny for all our peoples”. AASGON 2nd VP Page 3
  4. 4. akadaOn the invitation of the Associationof Universities of Asia and thePacific (AUAP) and the NationalUniversity of Malaysia (UKM), the Founder and Executive President of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON), Abdul DewaleMohammed spoke on the ‘21st Century Challenges on Education, Employment, Human Capital and Wealth Creation at the AUAP 9th GeneralConference and 33rd Board Meeting held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4-6 December 2012. The theme of the conference was ”Unlocking the Wealth of Universities: Academic Entrepreneurship” AUAP was formally established with the signing of the memorandum of agreement and the holding of the founding conference on 28 July 1995 at Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand. There were 48 University, Vice Chancellors and Rectors from 17 Countries who were signatories to the Constitution. Prof. Dr. Wichit Srisa-an, the SUT Rector, was unanimously elected AUAP Founding President At Present, AUAP has about 250 members from 19 countries and territories as well as two associate members (consisting of regional organizations based in Philippines). The Founding Secretary-General, Dr. Ruben C. Umaly, wa s u n a n i mo u s l y reappointed to serve the Board and its diverse member institutions. Speaking as host of the conference, the new AUAP Presi- dent Prof. Tan Sri Dato’ Wira Dr. Shaarifah Hapsah Syed Hasan Sha- habudin, Vice Chancel- lor of the National University of Malaysia (UKM) remarked that “Universities in recent years have created new firms as vehicle to exploit research results, mainly stimulated by changed societal external expectations for economic development and pressures to generate new sources of income” In his speech the outgoing AUAP President, Prof. Dr. Prasart Suebka, the 10th President AUAP and Rector, Suranaree University of Technology (SUT), Thailand said “The coming year of 2015 marks a very important milestone for all ASEAN countries in that we shall be integrated to become one single community. The integration will pose a big challenge and of course a valuable opportunity for AUAP” The conference keynote speaker Prof. Anne Glover (pictured top right) Chair of Molecular and Cell Biology Institute of Medical Sciences, Univer- sity of Aberdeen and European Commission President’s Chief Scientific Adviser warned that “If we are to be successful in meeting the demands of the 21st century living, we need to identify new methods to clear blockages and to identify opportunities to increase the appetite of the global citizen for new technologies” Addressing issues of global poverty and challenges to be faced and the solutions to be developed, Dr. Sonia G. Dela Cruz, Education Supervisor II and Dr. Edeliza dela Cruz- Lazo of New Era University, Philip- pines reiterated that “With social business taking off the world of free market capitalism will never be the same again. It will be able to deliver a deathblow on global poverty. Many business wizards and successful business personalities will apply their abilities to this new challenge - the challenge of creating a poverty free world within a short time” Prof. Dr. Gyonggu SHIN, Dean and Vice President for Interna- tional Affairs, Chonnam National University, South Korea claimed that “Universities need to be keen to promote love of both academic and applied knowledge. Otherwise we will end up producing students competing for the sake of personal or corporate interest without much concern on the futureof human existence in this age of environmental disaster” and in his own presentation Prof. Martand Tamanacharya Telsang, Dean Academic,Rajarambapu Institute of Technology, Islampur, India, said “Entrepreneurship and innovation are increasingly recognised as important driversof economic growth. Embedding entrepreneurship in education and providing greater access are important steps for building an innovativeculture and creating entrepreneurship venture.”Eminent speakers at the three day conference include personalities such as Dr. Shawn Chen the AUAP Vice President and Founder/Chairmanof Sias International University, China; Prof. Dr. George P. Korfiatis, Provost and VP Stevens Institute of Technology, USA; Prof. Dr. NguyenXuan Trach, Vice Rector International Affairs, Hanoi University of Agriculture, Vietnam; Dr. David Baghurst, ISIS Innovation (Hong Kong);Prof. Thumbay Moideen, Founder/President Gulf Medical University, UAE; Prof. Joniarto Parung, Rector University of Surabaya, Indonesia;Dr. Richardo P. Pama, President University of the Cordilleras, Philippines; Prof. M. Dasron Hamid, Rector University of Muhammadiyah,Indonesia; Chairman Dr. Jeremy G. Morales, Director, Innovation/Education/Public Affairs, St. Paul University, Philippines. Page 4 Some of the Universities present at the AUAP conference seized the occasion to explore partnership with AASGON.
  5. 5. akadaLiving Memories of AUAP-UKM 2012Page 5
  6. 6. akadaInternational ScholarshipsLooking for International Undergraduate Scholarships, Masters Scholarships, PhD Scholarships forDeveloping Countries 2013-2014 Scholarships for International Students? Here are some to contact:Rotary Foundation Global Commonwealth Distance LearningStudy Grants for Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarships for Developing CountriesDevelopment Scholarship Awards DFID/UK Universities DEEWR/Australian Gov’t Online Masters (MS) Degree Rotary Foundation MS/PhD Degree Deadline: 28 May 2013 Postgraduate Studies Deadline: 30 June 2013 (annual) Study in: any Country Deadline: Rolling Study in: Australia Course starts September 2013 Study in: any Country* Course starts 2014 Cardiff University Scholarships for Interna- Course starts AY 2013/2014 Edinburgh Global Development tional Students Academy Scholarships Are you a Cardiff UniversityRotary International Peace University of Edinburgh Bachelors/Masters/ Professional?Fellowships Masters Degree PhD Degree It’s Time to Join Deadline: 12 April 2013 (annual) Deadline: 31 MayRotary Foundation 2013 Study in: UKMasters/Certificate Study in: UK Course starts September 2013 Course starts Sep-Deadline: 1 July, 2013 tember 2013. Nottingham Developing SolutionsStudy in London, UKCourse starts 2014 Scholarships Turkiye Scholar- University of Nottingham ships for Interna-MasterCard Foundation Scholar- Masters (MS) Degree tional Studentsship Program for Africans Deadline: 26 Apr 2013 (annual) Turkish GovernmentMasterCard Foundation Study in: UK Bachelors/Masters/Bachelors/Masters/PhD Degree Course starts September 2013 PhD DegreeDeadline: Feb-July 2013 International Postgraduate Re- Deadline: 31 Mar/31 May 2013Study in: USA & Africa search Scholarships (IPRS) at Austra- Study in: TurkeyCourse starts September 2013 lian Universities Course starts September 2013MUIS Scholarships in Australia for Australian Gov’t/DIISR University of the People Online Tuition FreeInternational Students MS/PhD Degree ScholarshipsMacquarie University Deadline: varies, July-Oct (annual) University of the PeopleBS/MS/PhD Degree Study in: Australia Online Bachelor’s Degree Course starts 2014Deadline: 30 Apr/31 Oct (annual) Deadline: 9 May 2013 (annual)Study in: Australia UWE Global Development Scholar- Study in: any CountryNext course starts September 2013 ships for International Students Course starts 20 June 2013 ACADEMIC University of West England Source link: http://www.scholars4dev.com/ ENTREPRENEURSHIP - Masters DegreeREMEDY TO 21ST CENTURY YOUR CAREER STARTS Deadline: 31 May 2013 (annual)SUSTAINED DEVELOPMENT Study in: London, UK FROM HERE …Go To Page 28 Course starts September 2013 Page 6
  7. 7. akadaYour Health — Sickle Cell Disorder may increase the risk of blood DoSickle Cell trait occurs when a person clotting, therefore should not use the contraceptive pill unless they you Often a painkiller, such as have a sickle cell test. The diseaseinherits a gene for normal haemoglobin paracetamol and co-codamol are may also cause problems during taken to relieve the pain. A warm pregnancy, due to the increasing have ... bath and rest usually helps. demand on the blood circulation . medical concerns Some people find that gentle massage or putting warm hot questions or water bottle on the affected part People who have a history of can be soothing. sickle cell anaemia should ask for experiences you a test just in case, since the risk of want an answer to Some people are prescribed transmitting the disease to their stronger pain medications for use children is likely. or like to share? at home. If the pain is severe or Write to Augusta persistent or there is any compli- Management of Sickle Cell cation such as an infection, the Disorder : “I’ll be delighted to person will need to see their GP who may refer them to hospital Most people manage their pain respond” for medical and nursing care. very well at home with the help For your comments and support of their family, GP and and queries”(A) from one parent and a gene for When and what causes the pain community nurse.Sickle haemoglobin (S) from the other to come? Email me at:parent, if both parents have Sickle trait When and what causes the pain to akada@aasgon.netthere is a 1 in 4 chance EACH child The child may be physically weak come?they have could be born with Sickle and susceptible to jaundice,Cell Anaemia (Hb SS). Some people infections, stomach pains and The pain of sickle cell crisis is  Physical exertioninherit a gene for normal haemoglobin bouts of swelling and pain in the unpredictable. It does not come in  Emotional stress(A) from one parent and a gene for muscles and joints. any given pattern, frequency or Generally there is no specificdifferent haemoglobin such as S, C or severity. Certain situations can trigger factor, it just happens.Thalassaemia from the other parent. Without medical care, which trigger a pain crisis. These include: Sickle cell disease affects each helps to treat the symptoms  Chilling of the body person differently and twoThis is known as a trait or carrier state rather than the disease, children people with SCD, even in thee.g. Sickle Cell trait (Hb AS), C trait; with Sickle Cell anaemia usually  Not enough water in the same family, often have differentalso now commonly they are found in die before reaching adulthood, body (dehydration) experiences of the disease.various groups of people. but with care, affected children  Sudden changes in body may live almost normal lives, but temperature (cold/heat) What triggers a crisis in oneThe first symptoms of Sickle cell are unlikely to survive to old age.  Lack of oxygen person may have no effect onanaemia are usually seen during the another person.fourth month after birth, when the baby Patient should avoid becoming  Infection (including thedevelops severe anaemia. Growth may chilled or dehydrated, and any common cold) Is there a cure for sickle cell?be retarded and puberty may occur infections should be treated  Skipping meals and not Join me in your next edition oflater than normal. immediately. Oral contraceptive having enough food to akada. Until then remain healthy. keep the body working wellBugema University, Uganda – Going Solar! World’s Youngest Billionaires production in rural economies. There are 1,426 billionaires in Research at Bugema University the world this also managed to generate renew- able energy from water. This year. They are project was meant to demonstrate the wealthiest ofScholars at Bugema University have the possibility of a large-scale the wealthy. Butdeveloped a system of Solar Water production of nonpolluting Hydro- only 29 mem-Pumping and Irrigation. This project gen – Fuel from abundant natural bers of this elite resources, water and sunlight, and list are under 40was designed to use renewable energy the viability of the fuel as an alter- years old with(solar) to run a water pump to provide native to fossil fuels derived from that exciting combination of money and youth.water for farming. The project is oil. The project also address thesuitable in arid areas that lack impending global energy crisis due to diminishing oil reserves, and Those 29 have a total of $119 billion between them. Tenelectricity supply. Since the project global warming which is largely come from the technology sector, including four fromruns on solar energy, it was meant to due to the combustion of fossil social networking giant Facebook. Eleven come from thedemonstrate the possibility of fuels. United States, the rest from countries abroad. Five areagriculture in remote arid areas like newcomers to the billionaire ranks. Bugema University is a charteredKaramoja in Uganda and several arid Seventh-day Adventist institution of For a detailed Forbe report log on:areas in Africa in order to boost food higher learning and a full member of http://huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/05/youngest -billionaires- the Inter-University Council for East forbes_n_2811906.html Page 7 Africa.
  8. 8. akadaMDGs Beyond 2015.Can the UN get it right this time! On 5th April, the UN and partners worldwide observed the 1,000-day mark to the 2015 target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The MDGs are the most successful ‘Global Anti-Poverty PUSH’ in history. Governments, international organizations and civil society groups around the world have helped to cut in half the world’s extreme poverty rate. More girls are in school. Fewer children are dying. The world continues to fight killer diseases, such as malaria, tuberculosis and AIDS. There are 1,000 days to accelerate action on issues such as hunger, access to education, improved sanitation, maternal health and gender equality. Get involved and help build on the MDG momentum!In July 2012, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced the 27 members of a High-level Panel to advise on the globaldevelopment framework beyond 2015, the target date for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Committed to an open,transparent, and inclusive process, the secretary general’s high level panel of eminent persons on the post-2015 developmentagenda met in London on the 1st of November, in Monrovia in January 2013 and finally in March in Bali, Indonesia where theydeliberated on building a global partnership and the means of implementation for the most desired, applicable developmentalagenda. Eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – ranging from halving extreme poverty to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and providing universal primary education, all by the target date of 2015 – form a blueprint agreed to by all the world’scountries and leading international development institutions in September 2000. Over the last twenty years people in become more diverse and play more roles, theThe UN MDGs High-level Panel agreed on government have through their acts, UN psot MDGs panel agrees that there isthe need to enhance the current millennium continued to distance themselves from the urgent need to ‘Reshape and revitalize globaldevelopment goals framework in forging commoners and in effect completely lost governance and partnerships.‘Sustainable Development Goals’ after 2015 the trust of the electorate, particularly that Leading by example with emphasis on of youths, the main victims of unpopular has however and poverty eradication government policies. continue to be one of which remains a signifi- Alienated from inclusive the problems of present cant issue after 13 years and participatory govern- and past leaders which pursuit of the ambitious ance, the future today is why many countries global aspiration. looks bleak for younger are failing in meeting and upcoming generation. the 15 years UN Admitting that its work H.E. Mr. David Cameron, millennium develop- should be evidence- Prime Minister of the United In practice the low turn- Amina J. Mohammed, UN ment set goals. H.E. Mr. Susilo Bambang based, accountable, Special Adviser on Post-Yudhoyono, President of Indonesia out of voters is key 2015 Development Planning. In an effort to design Sustainable Develop- inclusive and transparent, evidence to the result of ment Goals, as agreed at the Rio +20 confer- one must commend the continued dislocation of communities and ence, the UN panel in May 2013, submits itspanel for identifying the importance of an the dissuasion of women and young report containing determined recommenda-‘inclusive consultation process’ through people in developing interest and contrib- tions to the Secretary-General, who will incontact with people directly affected by uting their quota towards the attainment turn present the findings for further delibera-poverty and injustice, women, youth, business of sustainable development targets. tions and approval to Member States at the(social entrepreneurs) and the broader civilsociety’ at global, regional, and thematic UN General Assembly in September 2013. Governments and communities seem tolevels. live in two separate world, ‘a world of However the challenges as it as always been animal farm’, where women and youths for decades remains that of ensuring policiesIn the words of the Africa Asia Scholars continue to be isolated in the scheme of are practiced and effected through loyalGlobal Network (AASGON) Executive Presi- their own development, where their commitment of people in government to andent, Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed, the ‘direct novelty, expertise and popularity are open and transparent process of goodand inclusive involvement of the plurality of being undermined and watered down. governance with extensive inclusion andkey stakeholders in matters affecting theirlives, environment and communities is the key participation of the mass electorate. It is clear evidence from the outcome ofanswer and solution to the world’s present the UN high level panel that the 8th of theescalating predicaments. MDGs ‘A Global Partnership for “China and India have – between them – been Development’ is very paramount and key the world’s two largest economies for 18 out ofThere is absolute lack of open and honest to the success or failure of present and the last 20 centuries. Historically, therefore, theconsultation with the populace except during future sustainable developmental plans, brief era of western domination looks like beingelectioneering campaigns when millions of either at global or regional level. a short punctuation in the continueddollars are squandered to win or regain Realising that the globalized world is dominance of these two ancient nations”political seats. - Chris Jacques, CEO, becoming more complex and cross‐ M&C Saatchi Asia cutting in nature, while stakeholders Page 8
  9. 9. akadaQS Asia wins Best UNU-IIGH Brazing Trail in Global HealthGlobal Partner Award The establishment of United Nations University Interna- tional Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH) befits the role of the United Nations in the effort to resolve issuesWorld’s first Carborane AMOLED technol- pertaining to the well being of its people and member states.ogy developed in Korea University QS Asiawon the “2012 Best Global Partner Award” A synergy for countries of Africa Asia and the Pacificfrom Tencent Company at China Education UNU-IIGH continuesAnnual Billboard and Annual Awards to play a significant role towards theCeremony, known as “Echo of China”, where d e ve l o p m e n t andmore than 50 awards were given to high strengthening of healthachievers in the education field. services policy frameworks andQS Asia was given this award in recognition management actions,of its efforts and achievements in promoting particularly for and with people in developingthe internationalisation of Chinese universi- countries.ties and business schools as well as Chinesehigher education in general. In addition, QSAsia was invited on stage to announce the UNU-IIGH Director- General andTop 10 B-Schools Awards at the ceremony. the AASGON Executive President, (centre) flanked by UN Officials Ahmad The role of UNU-IIGH fulfils the needs to achieve the Millennium bags UN Development Goals (MDGs) as the task transcends all the agendas as Envoy on outlined in the MDGs. Youth Abdul ‘Dewale Mohammed Founder and Executive President of the Africa Asia Scholars Global Network (AASGON) was on the 7th of December 2012 at the Head Office of the Watch out for United Nations University – International Institute for Global Health (UNU-IIGH), where your next edition he was warmly received by Professor Tan Sri Dato Prof. Dr . Salleh Mohamed Yasin the Global Institute’s Director General. of akada... Considering UNU-IIGH’s impressive achievements and For your events request a relentless efforts towards socio-economic advancement Speaker from AASGON ... of developing nations and AASGON’s commitment in seeking lasting solutions to the complexity of Africa and email info@aasgon.net Asia’s diverse health concerns and sustainable develop- ment, the meeting sought practical areas of collaborationTalk show now online ….. between AASGON and UNU-IIGH. The Asia-Pacific During his brief working visit to Malaysia the AASGON Youth Employment Executive President met with the Prof .Dato’ Muhamad Rasat Muhamad Network’ (APYouthNet) new President of the Association MMU President/CEO with AASGON Founder and Executive President latest talk show is now of Asia Pacific Universities online. (AUAP) and Vice Chancellor of National University of Malaysia (UKM), Prof. Tan Sri Dato Wira Dr. Sharifah Hapsah Syed Hasan The show is the second Shahabudin; the University of Malaya Deputy Vice-Chancellorpart of a series which explores the (Research and Innovation), Professor Awang Bulgiba and the 6topic of young people and HIV/ Heads of Research Units of the Africa Asia Development UniversityAIDS in the work place. Network (AADUN) as well as Professor Dato’ Dr. Mahani Zainal Abidin, Chief Executive of the Institute of Strategic and Interna-What role does UN, policy makers tional Studies (ISIS), Malaysia’s premier think-tank, and the Presi-and civil society have in helping Dato Dr. Mahani dent/CEO of Malaysia’s first private university, the Multimediayoung people in this matter? To actively partici- Zainal Abidinpate in this and future shows see http://apyouthnet.ilo.org/ CEO, ISIS University (MMU), Prof. Dato’ Muhamad Rasat Muhamad.“ U niversity of today needs to strive for more than it did before, especially in setting role models for entrepreneurial success.The university campus should be a fertile ground for the cultivation and nurturing of entrepreneurial and business-mindedindividuals. Students need to develop leadership qualities and become global citizens ” - Prof. Ghauth Jasmon, Malaya University Vice Chancellor and Founder, President/CEO of Multimedia University ( MMU ) Page 9
  10. 10. akada AMCEN 14th Ministerial ConferenceWorld’s first Carborane AMOLEDTechnology Developed in Korea Africa remains one of the five priority areas identified by the United NationsA group of Korean scientists Environment Pro-managed to develop a new type of gramme (UNEP).organic electric material based oncarborane (C2B10H12), which can To halt the degrada-guarantee the lifetime of a blue OLED tion of Africasin AMOLED (Active Matrix Organic environment andLight Emitting Diode), the next satisfy the food andgeneration display. energy needs of the continents people, the African Ministerial Conference on theAccording to Professor Sang-uk Kang Environment (AMCEN) continues to strengthen cooperationof Korea University Energy and between African governments on economic, technical andFuture Research (Department of New scientific actions.Material and Chemistry) and histeam, they are the first in the world to With a review of Rio+20 outcome document, Environmentdevelop a technology to transform ministers and government representatives from over fortycarborane substance into a material Sensastep Peter Brewin African countries converged in Arusha, Tanzania to adopt a setthat has new photoelectric character- 2012 Invention Awards: of flagship programmes and decisions that could catalyse a newistics, and successfully apply the wave of sustainable development in Africa. An Assisted-Walking Devicetechnology to the next generationdisplay AMOLED. That Senses Your Step According to Jakaya Kikwete, the President of Tanzania, host of Sensors in an insole register a the 14th African Ministerial Conference on the Environment patient’s toe and heel strike and (AMCEN), “African ministers have decided to establishProfessor Kang said the research will send that information to an anklebe “a stepping stone for Korea to transmitter, which sends the data mechanisms for a coordinated support for the promotion of abecome a leader in organic electric to an ear receiver. Green Economy, including development of partnerships,materials.” national strategies, promotion of regional and international cooperation and transfer of resource efficient and green The earpiece vibrates against a technologies and know-how. bone behind the ear, transmitting a signal to the cochlear nerve that is registered by the brain. Ballast Bulb-Triumph for Villagers A household lamp powered by a bag spent their downtime between of rocks. By Amanda Tust projects in a basement, refining the GravityLight. More than 780 million people rely on kerosene to light their The team used crowd funding to homes. But the fuel is pricey manufacture 1,000 GravityLights, and is toxic when burned—not which it plans to send to developing to mention a fire hazard. In countries for field testing—plus 2008, London-based product 6,000 more for backers. “It’s exciting to witness so much positive designer Martin Riddiford and reaction to what we’re doing,” Riddiford says. his colleague Jim Reeves decided to create a cheap, safe Besides remote villages, the lamp could prove handy in campsites, alternative. closets, and any dark nook far from a socket, so Riddiford also hopes to license a retail version for less than $10. Riddiford knew a falling weight For details on Sensastep and Ballast Bulb Awards log on http://popsci.com could produce enough energy to Chinua Achebe run a grandfather clock, so whyHave you received your not a light? FREE Membership of To find out, he attached the AASGON joins millions of Africans and AASGON? crank of a wind-up flashlight to Nigerians in particular all over the world in a bicycle wheel. He hung a mourning the passing away of Africa’s visit us at http:// weight from the wheel to cause illustrious literary giant. it to spin; the wheel cranked the aasgon.net A world renowned novelist, poet and critic. He was best known for flashlight, and the device lit up. Or Email: his first novel and magnum opus, ‘Things Fall Apart’ (1958), which Over the next four years, Riddi- is the most widely read book in modern African literature. A Profes- info@aasgon.net ford, Reeves, and a small team sor of Africana Studies at the Brown University in United States, Nigeria’s Albert Chinualumogu Achebe died at age 82. RIPP Page 10
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  12. 12. akada Poverty on the bed of richesCOMMENT On the other hand vast majority of the population across Africa and Asia live inIt is a travesty, an aberration that two continents, Africa and abject poverty; in conditions where foodAsia, so rich in natural and human resources are homes to becomes a luxury. These are places wherecommunities steeped in abject poverty. Two continents folks spend sleepless nights wonderinginhabited by peoples with deep religious and spiritual values Austin Mac-Anabrabaare the most prone to wars, inter and intra communal and where the next day’s meal will come from.religious conflicts and corruption. In these places healthcare, education and Can we change the attitudes of pipe borne water are considered luxury – people in government in theseThese are communities where children go to bed hungry or things for the few affluent. places without major culturalhalf filled with bulky meals that hardly provide nourishment change in the people – some kindto their young bodies. Here, life expectancy is well below Life means very little and for most living of ethical revolution? I think thatthe world’s average and infant mortality rate is staggering. becomes a burden; a spectre of reality. Life we need a bottom-up approach ends with wishes and distant dreams – when finding solutions to thisWhy? According to AASGON, “Millions of Africans and never to be realised by most. conundrum – a strategy to effectAsians live in abject poverty, yet the two continents are social change through programsvastly rich and highly endowed. The citizens do not deserve Why so much poverty with so much riches? that will bring about a fundamen-to live in perpetual poverty in this modern age” AASGON. Human beings living in grinding poverty tal change in ethics as well as despite abundance of fertile soil; large cultures that feeds corrupt peopleThe contradiction is stark and disturbing. expanse of arable land; seas, rivers, lakes to the political class. full of resources; oil, gold, silver, iron lyingWhy are these continents homes to the poorest people on beneath their foot and endless expanse of These people should be able toearth? In my mind there are more questions than answers. No forest bursting with nature’s gift. make their governments responsi-matter how it is viewed there seem not to be any concrete ble and accountable.solution to the problems these peoples face; no onemajor factor or a combination of factors can be In Africa for example, the traditional top-down systemmeasured or easily be identified as the cause. where chiefs and elders hold absolute power does very littleSome say it is a “basket case” whatever that means. It in enabling the development ofseems quite reasonable to suggest that corruption, bad strong grassroots democraticgovernment, lack of social capital, ignorance and and enlightened communities.illiteracy or external forces are key factors that mayhave helped to exacerbate this terrible chronic social We must devise means tomalaise. But what is the real reason why “millions of enable us to dismantle these oppressive and corruptAfricans and Asians live in abject poverty”? traditional structures that give elders and chiefs dispropor-It is hard to discuss poverty and the causes of poverty tionate leverage in the balancein Africa and Asia without sounding professorial or of power.judgmental. After all only a few people around the world can Why are Africans or Asians living in abjectclaim not to have heard of the argument about poverty; its poverty? Is it due to bad government? Logically, two continents set oncauses and effects in these places. beds of a variety and abundance of Is it due to corruption? Who is corrupt?Whatever factor we may hold as true to be the cause(s) of Why are there bad governments in these natural resources should not havepoverty the fact remains that poverty is a creation by man places? Can we exonerate the people as its members live in abject poverty;and it is not a new phenomenon; it is a part of every society, part of the problem? What can be done to people should be able to enjoyaffluent, average or poor. What then does it mean to be in reverse the situation? such basics of life such aspoverty or abject poverty? adequate nutrition, good health- We know that people from these communi- care, education, decent housing,Poverty in affluent countries can arguably be termed relative; ties need jobs, they need enabling environ- electricity, pipe borne water,this means that an average family is poor who cannot afford ments to be creative and productive, they security and freedom to choosecertain life styles but may have access to the basics of life need a system that will support and their rulers.such as decent abode, food, electricity, pipe borne water, empower them to take risks.healthcare, access to education as well as social security Give them electricity, water and financialbenefits. resources and they will thrive. Food, healthcare, water, education and decent It pays toA combination of factors such as racism, illness and social abode should not form the primary con-issues, lack of education and skills, disability and old age cerns of a poor family. But how can we advertise inmay drive a minority of people into poverty. These people achieve this?still have access to comparatively decent basics of life due to akadathe economic and political infrastructure that exists as well as Who is the real problem? It is said that “a Email:the social security system designed as a safety net. people deserve the type of rulers they have" (pardon me for sounding akada@aasgon.net judgemental). Why are the people aloof? Page 12
  13. 13. akadaFAO helps Darfur farmers and herders live in peaceAlthough farmers and herders in North Darfur, Sudan oftenfight over scarce resources, an agreement brokered by the Foodand Agriculture Organization (FAO) means peace has come.Instead of letting their livestock graze in farmers’ fields,herders have agreed not to move their animals into the farmingarea until after the harvest.About 2500 farm households have just reaped a record 600tonnes of grain. Now phase two of the project will help thembecome better farmers. This noble intervention from FAOis highly commendable. G8 Summit Northern Ireland: June 17 Africa, a Woman’s British Prime Minister David Cameron will host the G8 Summit of world leaders at the Lough Erne resort in Northern Ireland. World? Cameron said in November that there will be no lengthy commu- niqué at the 39th summit and the focus will be on "the develop- ment of open economies, open governments and open societies." Big Congratulations to Dr. Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma as she assumes of- fice as the first woman Chairperson of the Africa OH... WHAT A WORLD! Union Commission AUC. Its hard to believe that, in a country like the United States, 49 At the 8th Africa Develop- million people worry about not having enough food. Twelve mil-ment Forum (ADF VIII) Dr. Dlamini Zuma told hundreds of delegates lion of them are children.and members of the diplomatic corps, "Africa has witnessed phenome-nal progress over the past 20 years, in socio-political and economic In the Greater Philadelphia Region, hunger affects one out ofterms, however the long walk to achieving the Africa Union (AU) nine of its citizens, and one out of six children.vision has not ended and there are still many hills to climb”. In The Cost of Hunger, we follow 40,000 seeds, donated to theIf Africa is ever to become a sustainable economy, the AUC Chairper- Philadelphia Prison System by a local horticultural society,sons thought provoking speech to the ADF experts must be critically through a network of community gardens to help feed victims ofexamined and provided the appropriate answers and follow up actions the cycle of poverty, showing how each person in a communityby governments and developmental agencies of the respective states. can make a difference in the outcome of those who face hunger every day.One of the key challenges Africa faces today is that of the utilization To watch the video trailer log onand effective management of her human and abundant naturalresources. http://thecostofhunger.com/Kindly send your views and commentsemail akada@aasgon.net "First, China does not export revolution; second, it does not export famine and poverty; and third, it does not mess around with you. So what else is there to say?" - Xi Jinping Chinese President Page 13
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  16. 16. akada Africa Asia Pacific Environmental Apprehensions In 1990, more than 1.2 billion people – 28 per cent of the developing world’s population – lived in extreme poverty. These were the poorest of the poor, struggling to make ends meet on less than $1 a day. The Millennium Development Goals (MDG) constitutes an ambitious agenda to significantly improve human condition, halve the proportion of those suffering from neglect and hunger by 2015 through ambitious, clear and well set targets aimed at reducing poverty, hunger, disease, illiter- on African leaders to renew their acy, environmental degradation, commitment goals if they hope to meet the and discrimination against MDG target date of 2015. women. According to the UN, enormous progress has In light of weak and often faltering macroeconomic performance, vulnerabil- been made towards achieving the MDGs. ity to negative climatic shocks, fertility rates and population growth that Global poverty it says continues to decline, outpace those of other regions, and a devastating combination of poverty, more children than ever are attending continued civil conflict, and the effects of HIV/AIDS, realizing the eight primary school, child deaths have dropped ‘Millennium Development Goals’, particularly that of alleviating poverty and dramatically, access to safe drinking water ensuring environmental sustainability, have been exceedingly daunting in has been greatly expanded, and targeted Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Pacific. investments in fighting malaria, AIDS and tuberculosis have saved millions. Progress in implementing sustainable development has been extremely disappointing since the 1992 Earth Summit, with poverty deepening and However, hit by the current economic global environmental degradation worsening in the continent. By any account the recession with extreme increases in world- 2002 Johannesburg Summit did not provide clear cut solutions to aid the fight wide government debt coupled with against poverty. inflationary pressures, regional conflicts and worst natural disasters in decades posing a Though not quite significant, in association with the international community, threat to global growth, the UN Goals still there has been progress over the years in Asia, the Pacific and some parts of leaves a lot to be desired. Africa in implementing the continents’ development plans. United Nations former Secretary-General Dr. Kofi Annan not so long confirmed at an African Climate change is caused by a number of Union (AU) summit held in Abuja, Nigeria, that African countries are lagging factors, mainly due to ‘Human induced behind in their efforts to reduce poverty, curb disease and meet the targets laid alterations of the natural world; Increased out in the UN-backed Millennium Development Goals and called level of green house gases; Solar and orbital variations; Oceanic circulation and Volcanic BRICS….Tonic for Developing Nations? eruptions’, with adverse impact on poverty’.Russia, the main architect behind BRICS, called for the creation of a Moscow- based joint development bank, with each member contribut- The Stern Review and IPCC 4th Assessment ing $10 billion, to rival the US- and European-dominated Report both state that climate change will World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF). have adverse impact on people’s health, safety and livelihoods, with the “poorest Russia also proposed a pool of funds, of up to $240 billion, people in the poorest countries expected to to deal with any financial emergency facing a BRICS suffer first and foremost”. member. Predicted climate change will create barriers Brazil said the new bank would foster “greater autonomy to future poverty reduction and reverse many from the IMF” and provide an “alternative financial tool” to of the important socioeconomic gains made developing countries. by developing countries.Share your views with us on the emergence of potential rival currency blocs, In the Asia-Pacific region which accounts foramid worldwide financial turmoil and the increasingly questionable status of the 91% of the world’s total death and 49% ofUS dollar as the global trading currency. the world’s total damage due to natural disasters in the last century, there is evidence Future for the BRICS? Send your comments to akada@aasgon.net - Continued on page 18 Page 16
  17. 17. akadaInternational Womens Day (IWD) has been observed since in the early 1900s, a time of great expansion and turbulence in theindustrialized world that saw booming population growth and the rise of radical ideologies. Celebration of IWD ranges fromgeneral celebration of respect, appreciation and love towards women to a celebration for womens economic, political and socialachievements.Similar to past years 8 March, 2013 witnessed thousands of events held throughoutthe world to inspire women and celebrate achievements. A global web of rich and “it is only if men and women reachdiverse local activity connects women from all around the world ranging from their full potential, shall we as apolitical rallies, business conferences, government activities and networking continent reach our full potential”.events through to local womens craft markets, theatric performances, fashionparades, cuisines and more. – Dr. Nkosazana Dlamani Zuma, Africa Union CommissionThis year’s theme for International Women’s Day ‘A Promise is a Promise: Time (AUC) Chairpersonfor Action to End Violence Against Women’ should not be ‘rhetoric but factual’support for womens advancement, liberation and participation in development.Academic Exchange and Cooperation Giant Strides@ Memorandum of Understand- ing Signed Between University of Montreal and Tsinghua. GMU Professor Guy Breton, President of Gulf Medical University (GMU), Ajman, the University of Montreal, visited UAE is billed to start a new Masters Tsinghua University, on March 25th. Program in Human Reproductive Biology, During his visit, a Memorandum of in September 2013, the first of its kind in the UAE. Understanding for Academic Exchange and Cooperation between The university’s College of Medicine will provide the much Tsinghua University and the needed boost to research in the field of reproductive medicine,University of Montreal was signed. Tsinghua Vice President Yuan Si also women’s health, fetal and neonatal physiology and embryologyheld a collaborative discussion with Professor Breton during his visit. molecular and cellular endocrinology.Tsinghua University, Beijing has produced many of Chinas current top Proud to add another feather to its cap the GMU has signed anleaders which includes Hu Jintao the former Chinese president and the MOU with Neuro Spinal Hopspital, Dubai to conductincumbent Xi Jinping who studied chemical engineering at Tsinghua. workshops in Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery, Spine Micro Surgery and Peripheral Neuro Surgery According to Prof. Thumbay Moideen, the Founder and President of Thumbay Group, a 3rd generation entrepreneur who recently featured as one of the 50 Richest Indians in the Gulf, with expertise from Eurospine Foundation, Switzerland, the GMU in association with the Neuro Spinal Hospital, Dubai is soon to launch a Neuro Spinal Diploma.Friday 3rd of May kicks off the Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month, a festivity celebrated across the United States of America.A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia,Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the FederatedStates of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu,Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of NewYork and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May asAsian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate.Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-longfestivity. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, andto mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers wholaid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Page 17
  18. 18. akada TIME TO CHANGE OUR SELFISH NATURE Prince Charles said he did Quotable not want to "hand on an increasingly dysfunctional Quotes world" The prospect of becoming a grandfather to the baby of Prince William and his wife Catherine has strengthened Prince Charless determination to fight climate change. For once let’s think and behave like Prince Charles, not only to build a better life for our own children and grandchildren but for present and future generations. Prince Charless statement is a Big Challenge to all Leaders and Parents in today’s troubled, dysfunctional but repairable and hopeful world. The heir to the British throne, an outspoken environmental campaigner, said he did not want his first grandchild to ask him why he had not done more, to halt climate change. 5th of June 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary of the World Environment Day. Considering the mounting global health and environ- mental hazards, climate change and bio-diversity, we have little to celebrate at 40 but much to reflect on our misdeed, misfortune, miscalculation and mistakes. Its time to begin to make amends for history will judge us ALL for our acts and deeds towards creating a safe and sustainable planet for vulnerable, poor and innocent children! Please send your views and comments email akada@aasgon.net The Academics have failed the world and the present generation. Yet who else will save the world for future generations, if not but AASGON - the Academics. building blocks Leaders and Technocrats have to for sustained change tactics and move in line prosperity!!! with the ever changing globalised world which has for decades been made impoverished — AASGONPage 18