Nelson Mandela visited Magdalene College today, Wednesday 2 May 2001, where he was made an Honorary Fellow. The former President of South Africa received his Fellowship at a special admissions ceremony held in the College's historic chapel.
Scientists working in the field of nanotechnology have stumbled upon a discovery which could revolutionise computing. The breakthrough, made by a team at the Department of Engineering, could now speed the increase in the processing power of silicon chips considerably, thereby breaking Moore's Law, the axiom which states that processing power doubles every 18 months while the cost remains constant.
On Monday 30 April Barbra Chilangwa, Zambia's Deputy Permanent Secretary for Education, will give a talk at the University. Her lecture, The Challenges of Educational Exclusion: the Zambian Experience, will describe how the Zambian Government is working with Cambridge charity CamFed on an innovative programme of girls' education.
Child labour in export industries such as carpets, clothing and sports equipment has captured public attention and stirred up a debate on trade sanctions and international labour standards. Yet obscured from the public eye, the vast majority of working children in developing countries are actually engaged in agricultural labour, predominantly on farms operated by their families. This is the conclusion of new research by Dr Sonia Bhalotra of the Department of Applied Economics at the University of Cambridge, whose findings are presented at the Royal Economic Society's annual conference this week.