Quantum Leap for Africa-based Research

Dear VCs and DVCs,

It is with great pleasure that I share with you information about the on-going partnership between IBM and University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) which has resulted in the expansion of the tech giant’s quantum computing efforts in Africa.

Wits University has become the first African partner on the IBM Q Network, and will be the gateway for researchers and academics from ARUA to gain access to IBM Q’s most-advanced quantum computing systems and software for teaching quantum information science and exploring early applications.

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First for Africa: Wits-IBM to expand quantum computing in Africa

Partnership will accelerate quantum research and drive educational opportunities in quantum computing with African Research Universities Alliance

Wits University is the first African partner on the IBM Quantum Computing (IBM Q) Network and will be the gateway for academics across South Africa and to the 15 universities who are part of the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA).

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Building capacity and driving research excellence together

African Research Universities Alliance and UK Research and Innovation working together to address the Sustainable Development Goals

In an exciting new international partnership, the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have joined-forces to use their collective knowledge, skills and regional expertise to tackle global challenges such as extreme poverty and disease, fragile states and displacement, gender inequalities and food insecurity.

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Professor Stuart Taberner discusses his hopes for the ARUA – N8 conference

In under a week (May 8th), academics from ARUA and a number of British universities will meet to discuss closer research ties. In this podcast, Professor Stuart Taberner, Dean for Interdisciplinary Research at the University of Leeds, discusses the aims of the meeting – to identify research projects that tackle the big issues facing the world: climate change, food security, disease, rebuilding post-conflict societies etc. Successful projects could secure funding from the UK Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).

To find out more about the GCRF and the University of Leeds involvement with GCRF follow this link: https://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4404/tackling_the_worlds_big_problems

Research partnerships essential to solve global problems

By Professor Stuart Taberner

 Professor Stuart Taberner
Professor Stuart Taberner

The biggest problems facing the world today will not be solved by researchers from a single discipline, a single university, or even a single continent.

The key is collaboration, where researchers can come together and share ideas about how to resolve those intractable issues that shorten lives, hold back economic development and impact on wellbeing:  climate change, food security, disease and rebuilding communities ravaged by conflict.

If we as academics want to make a real change, we need to forge links with colleagues outside of our own disciplines and across borders.

That’s why I will be in Ghana in just under two weeks’ time – to meet academics from the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) to discuss future research partnerships.

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