Research Collaborations
    Science Education for Diversity (SED) Project

    A €1 million International Science Education development project is being launched by the University of Exeter’s Graduate School of Education. The project seeks to improve the quality of science education in Europe by collaborating with other countries where science and science careers are perceived by young people as a positive option.

    The aim is to understand how countries in both Europe (England/Netherlands) and the partner countries of India, Turkey, Lebanon and Malaysia are addressing the issue of gender and cultural diversity in regard to engaging young people in science education. It will also focus on ways to help address this issue more effectively and to understand the relationship between science education and culture. Over a three year period, the project intends to provide guidelines and programmes for effective interventions to improve the take up of science education.

    The Science Education for Diversity Project will start by exploring the complex relationship between different ethnically and culturally defined groups, gender, and different areas of science and the variety of approaches to teaching and learning science. Some of the questions addressed by the project look at how teachers’ perceive the issues, the factors that affect students opting for science, the educational policies in place in each of the partner countries to address diversity issues in science education and, what constitutes a 'successful' policy or practice.

    The project which is in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (India), Pamukkale University (Turkey), American University in Beirut (Lebanon), Eindhoven University of Technology (Holland) and Tunku Abdul Rahman College (Malaysia) with the University of Exeter as the lead partner. It is being funded by the European Union, under the Seventh Framework Programme for research and technology development.

    The launch of the international project was on 3rd March commencing the Science Education for Diversity transnational conference, which ran until 5th March at the University of Exeter.

    The details of the Science Education for Diversity Project is available at,74892,en.php

    International members of the
    science education for diversity project:

    The International Centre of Theoretical Physics (ICTP) Workshop 2008
    16 June – 11 July 2008

    ICTP is a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in 1964 by Abdus Salam (Nobel Laureate). It is a premier NGO among physicists and scientists. Its mission is to foster advanced studies and research, especially in developing countries through activities such as research, projects, training and education in most areas of physical sciences including applications. ICTP holds a Microelectronics workshop on VHDL for hardware synthesis and FPGA design every year, usually in Triste, Italy. In recent years, it has delegated to hold the workshop outside of Italy .

    IIUM (16 – 29 June 2008) and TARC (30 June – 11 July 2008) hosted the ICTP workshop for over 80 participants and lecturers/instructors from the industries and academicians from Asia Pacific region and locals. TARC also provided transportation and accommodation for 35 participants.

    The 4-week workshop and training on design methodology, digital arithmetic and design, Very large scale integrated (VLSI) circuit design, digital signal processing, advanced signal processing techniques as well as how such advanced techniques were applied and implemented to the FPGA brought in by the top researchers have certainly enlightened all in terms of the theory, the principles of Physics behind the technologies and the possibilities of further expansion. This has certainly stimulated many minds in generating more creative and innovative solutions.

    The smooth running of experiments and conduct of laboratory hands-on work attribute much to the good effort of the laboratory personnel from ICTP, TAR College and IIUM. Such experiential learning of the real practical knowledge and skills would further enhance participants’ readiness to take on research projects that would bring IC design and FPGA design to greater heights.

    Opening Ceremony for ICTP Workshop 2008


    Opening Ceremony for ICTP Workshop 2008



    Closing Ceremony for ICTP Workshop 2008