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Post-Mubarak Era Seen as Opening for Science

Science  25 Feb 2011:
Vol. 331, Issue 6020, pp. 996
DOI: 10.1126/science.331.6020.996

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As the country's universities prepare to reopen on 26 February after a youth-powered revolution toppled the government, Egyptian and foreign researchers see an opportunity to elevate science, if decades of neglect and corruption can be overcome. Researchers predict that a revitalized Egypt will bolster its lagging R&D spending in order to solve the country's problems, from agriculture to urban unemployment. But a new government—which is unlikely to form before the fall—faces tremendous hurdles. It will inherit a university system that's woefully lacking in incentives; rooting out inefficiency and encouraging a research-savvy culture will be a challenge.