The FORTECASE project is an exchange project sponsored under the NORPART programme linked to DIKU. Main partners are University of Zambia and NMBU
The Veterinary Faculty of NMBU has a long story of collaboration with vet schools in Southern Africa in studies of infectious diseases in animals and humans and especially on the zoonotic infections transmitted between humans and domestic and wild animals. Key partners in this 20 years of collaboration have been the University of Zambia and Makerere University (Uganda) Adding to this, University of Zimbabwe, University of Bahr el-Ghazal /South Sudan), Sokoine University (Tanzania), Hawassa and Mekelle University (Ethiopia). European links have been key institutions as Roslin Institute and Robert Koch Institut. In Norway, NMBU has worked in close collaboration with the Veterinary Institute (NVI), National Institute of Public Health (NIPH), University of Tromsø and University of Oslo. During the years 2014-2020 the CAPAZOMANINTECO project (sponsored by NORAD) with Makerere as the project leader and UNZA and UBG contributed to the joint research competence in this area.
Following the establishment of the ACEIDHA (AFRICA CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE FOR INFECTIOUS DISEASES OF HUMANS AND ANIMALS) we managed to establish FORTECASE - a DIKU-sponsored student/ staff exchange program under the NORPART programme with NMBU/ UNZA as main partners and Makerere as a secondary African partner. Norwegian partners include NVI, NIPH and University of Tromsø, and Roslin Institute. The project will run over 4 years (2019-2023)
The overarching aim of this project is to improve the quality of postgraduate training through shared teaching at the UNZA School of Veterinary Medicine and Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU) that is built on our mutual academic cooperation and student mobility. For UNZA, this is the next stage of excellence in postgraduate training and research in infectious diseases within a One Health paradigm; for NMBU this project will assist in improving the competence in the understanding and management of exotic infections in a more and more globalised world.
The following are the specific project objectives: 1. Strengthen and broaden the existing partnership in postgraduate training and research between UNZA and NMBU. 2. Improve the quality of postgraduate training at UNZA and NMBU by introducing postgraduate courses and data-driven approaches built on archived exotic pathogens and epidemiological information collected through the 25 years of collaboration. 3. Increase postgraduate student learning satisfaction at UNZA and NMBU by providing subject-specific North-South exchange student experiences. 4. Boost enrolment and graduation of postgraduate students, including international students, to the MSc Programmes at UNZA by the year 2022 by providing training and mobility scholarships through our World Bank Centre of Excellence and NORPART, respectively
More information about the project will be found on Researchgate
The FORTECASE was formally started at an inception meeting at UNZA Oct 23 2019, followed by intensive training of supervisors and PhD students to prepare for the research part.
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