News FocusRevolutionizing Egypt's Science

Does Cairo Need a Caltech?

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Science  15 Jul 2011:
Vol. 333, Issue 6040, pp. 280
DOI: 10.1126/science.333.6040.280

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On 1 June, Egypt's interim government approved Nobel laureate Ahmed Zewail's cherished plan for a "Cairo Caltech": a massive $2 billion science and technology city in the desert outside Cairo. The Egyptian-born California Institute of Technology (Caltech) chemist has been the prime mover behind this ambitious project, which eventually would include both a university and company R&D facilities. But some Egyptian academics fear that Zewail's plan may distract leaders from reforming the existing vast and inefficient educational system.