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University of Malawi-CARTA Postgraduate Supervision Workshop

The College of Medicine’s (University of Malawi) Africa Centre of Excellence in Public Health and Herbal Medicine (ACEPHEM) in collaboration with Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) conducted a five days training workshop on Post Graduate Supervision.

The workshop held from February 4-8, 2019 at the College brought together 15 participants. These were Deans or Directors of Postgraduate Studies, Directors of quality assurance, Council for Higher Education, advanced Doctoral students and Faculty who supervise Postgraduate students. It was facilitated by Dr. Lucas Zinner (top left) who is the Head of Research Services and Career development at the University of Vienna in Austria. The participants learned how institutions nationally and internationally are currently developing research supervisors, the changing context of doctoral education and much more here.

The Postgraduate Supervision workshop achieved the following objectives:

  1. Gain awareness of how institutions nationally and internationally are currently developing research supervisors.
  2. Identify best practices to enhance supportive supervision.
  3. Have a greater awareness of the changing context of doctoral education.
  4. Be able to describe central and local rules and regulations of relevance to doctoral/postgraduate studies.
  5. Be familiar and apply a broad variety of tools during the various phase of a doctoral journey for planning, monitoring, and managing the doctoral process.

One of the workshop participants Andrew Mtewa, a PhD student with Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in Uganda and a lecturer at Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST), said the workshop was vital for his scholarly work.

He said: ”This workshop has been one of my most important training to my career because as an academic, I am supervising Masters Students right now with some two teams of Academics. As such I have to understand the limits that I have and also to understand my duties and responsibilities because I do not want to leave my students all alone without adequate support. This Workshop has thus helped me to understand better my roles and responsibilities as a Supervisor.”

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