Beyond the Comfort Zone

December 10, 2007

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Members of SAC for Social Sciences, standing from back: (i) Prof. James LOWENBERG-DEBOER, Dept. Of Agriculutural Economics, Purdue University, United States of America; (ii) Prof. Henrik Secher MARCUSSEN, Dept. of Geography and International Development Studies, Roskilde University, Roskilde, Denmark; (iii) Prof. Sten HAGBERG, Dept of Cultural Anthropology and Ethnology, Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden; (iv) Dr. Elias AYUK, Secretariat for Institutional Support for Economic Research in Africa (SISERA), IDRC/CRDI, Dakar, Senegal; (v) Assoc. Professor Dr. Fadzilah Majid COOKE, Ethnography and Development Research Unit, University of Malaysia Sabah, Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia

Dr. Fadzilah Majid Cooke, Head of the Research Unit for Ethnography and Development and lecturer at SSS returned from the Philippines after contributing time to the International Foundation of Science, Sweden for three days in November. Dr. Fadzilah was appointed an Adviser for Social Sciences by the IFS for her long standing research on society, environment and natural resources. Dr. Fadzilah was made an adviser in 2005. After a year of being an Adviser she was appointed by the IFS to be on its Scientific Advisory Committee (SAC) for the Social Sciences.

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PhD and Research Collaboration Initiative (University of Melbourne)

November 1, 2007

Seven Malaysian Universities have signed an Agreement with the University of Melbourne, Australia. The primary objectives of the Agreement are:

• To build capacity in the Malaysian higher education sector by providing PhD research training at the University of Melbourne to selected candidates from the participating Malaysian universities; and

• To foster collaborative research and exchange between academic staff of the participating Malaysian universities and the University of Melbourne.

Click here for more info (eligibility, how to apply, etc).