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Institutional Postgraduate Supervision Workshop in Malawi

CARTA in partnership with the Africa Center of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) of the University of Malawi brought together 65 participants from Malawi, Kenya and Zambia for the Institutional-based Supervision Workshop in Malawi.

The five-day hands-on and interactive training from July 23-27, 2018 provided a platform to discuss the status of research and doctoral training in Africa. It was also an opportunity to identify and critique different models of PhD supervision, exploration of the roles of supervisors, supervisees and the institution in the different phases of the PhD journey.

This workshop was led by five facilitators—Peter Ngure (CARTA), Florah Karimi (CARTA), David Kariuki (University of Nairobi, Bernard Thole (University of Malawi), Lydia Njenga (University of Nairobi), Adamson Muula (University of Malawi), and Ademola Ajuwon (University of Ibadan).

This is the second such workshop on capacity building for postgraduate supervisors. The first one by the University of Nairobi College Biological and Physical Sciences was held from November 23-24, 2017 trained 70 Masters and PhD supervisors with necessary skills to help them in supervising students.

These workshops resonates with the vision of CARTA to be the catalyst for the emergence of a vibrant African academy able to lead world-class multidisciplinary research that makes a positive impact on population and public health. Specifically, the desire to strengthen the human resources and university-wide systems resources critical to the success and sustainability of its programs at affiliated universities.

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