Showing posts from July, 2012

Engineering and Technology Scholarships and Jobs for Week starting 30 July

3 PhD Studentships | Institute of Mechanical, Process and Energy Engineering | Heriot-Watt University | Research Associate/ Fellow Research and Development in Energy Efficient Architecture Faculty of Engineering - Division of Architecture & Urbanism University of Nottingham Research Associate/Fellow (Two posts, fixed term) Fabrication of Prototype Supercapacitors Faculty of Engineering - Division of Energy and Sustainability University of Nottingham Innovation Manager Faculty of Engineering University of Nottingham Research Assistant / Research Associate Posts (x3) Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery, Institute of Global Health Innovation Imperial College London Senior Research Associate Medical Device/Software Development for Image-guided Laparoscopic Liver Surgery Medical Physics and Bioengineer…

States’ Budgets: Wrong Priorities, Pathetic Outcomes (1),

Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai,   Email:
Our aim today is to draw some stylised conclusions from our analysis of the budgets of 10 state governments. The states covered are representative of the six geo-political zones; Bauchi and Gombe in the North-east, Lagos (South-west), Benue and Nasarawa (North-central), Edo and Akwa-Ibom (South-south), Kaduna and Zamfara (North-west) and Anambra (South-east).  These states are governed by five political parties, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) (Akwa-Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Gombe, and Kaduna), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) (Zamfara), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) (Edo and Lagos), All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) (Anambra) and Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) (Nasarawa). Thus to a degree, not only are the 10 states representative of the six geo-political zones but also their budgets present the ideological outlook of the leading political parties in the country.  Our analysis therefore provides a ba…

Engineering and Technology Scholarships and Jobs for Week starting 16 July

Go through the list, click on the links and take your shot. These are jobs in research, scholarships and academia for this week! Systems Administrator (3 posts) IT Services Institute of Education, University of London IT (Infrastructure) Project Manager (2 posts) IT Services Institute of Education, University of London Senior Practice Fellow in Computer Animation Bournemouth University Postdoctoral Statistical Geneticist William Harvey Research Institute, Cardiovascular Research Barts and The London Experimental Officer Fluids Research Laboratory Vehicle Engineering Laboratory University of Surrey Postdoctoral Research Assistant in Gait and Activity Recognition Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment Oxford Brookes University Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Electronic and Computer System Enginee…

Fighting Temptation ... the Georgian Example for Africa to follow

By Plamen Monovski, CIO Renaissance Asset Managers When the prime minister comes to sell you an IPO, you, the investor, take the meeting. When that prime minister turns up with
no bodyguards and shows remarkable knowledge of the company he is promoting, you, the investor, take notice. When Nika Gilauri, the premier of Georgia, tells you that the prosperity of his country has been achieved because it has become one of the “least corrupt” countries in the world, you, the investor, take note. But it wasn’t always like that. After the demise of the USSR, Georgia was not only one of the most corrupt of the former-Soviet republics, it was one of the most corrupt countries in the world. Bribe-to-drive was the norm; police stopped cars at least twice an hour to extort a non-trivial sum of money. The then-interior minister infamously quipped: “Give me petrol only. My people will take care of their own salaries.” Being
a traffic cop was so lucrative that you had to pay a bribe o…