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Investing in pupils’ maths skills is an investment in a country’s economy. Global Partnership for Education/Flickr

South Africa can’t compete globally without fixing its attitude to maths

Good quality education fuels an economy. South Africa needs to increase its supply of science and technology university graduates. But instead it's lowering the bar, especially when it comes to maths.
A president’s science advisor is traditionally a close confidant. AP Photo/Charles Dharapak

How does a US president settle on his science policy?

Innovation is a huge part of economic growth – and the White House needs to be well-informed on science and tech issues when setting goals and budgets. Here's how presidents get up to speed.

Do we thank science for all our prosperity?

It is easy to see the benefits from the advances we have made in physics, chemistry, engineering, computer science and the life sciences. Without these impressive leaps in understanding, we would not have…
Finding the way from lab bench to patent office can be hard. anyaivanova/Shutterstock.com

How to boost the business of science for the benefit of us all

Australia has never been short of inventors, scientists aren't always at home in the ruthless world of commerce. But if they can be given a helping hand, it could help the entire economy.
South Africa needs some universities that focus on teaching, and others that concentrate on research. Shutterstock

How the funding of science research in South Africa can be overhauled

South Africa must examine how science funding is allocated to universities. It also needs to acknowledge that not all universities should be focusing on research and development.

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