FOSTERING QUALITY GRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE TRAINING AND RESEARCH THROUGH ENHANCED ACADEMIC COLLABORATION AND MUTUAL STUDENT EXCHANGE (FORTECASE)

FOSTERING QUALITY GRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE TRAINING AND RESEARCH THROUGH ENHANCED ACADEMIC COLLABORATION AND MUTUAL STUDENT EXCHANGE (FORTECASE)

The FORTECASE is a collaboration project between the Veterinary Faculty at NMBU and the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zambia

prosjekt

Om/Mål
Bakgrunn

The School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zambia (UNZA) has a major focus on the undergraduate level of training. In 2016, a Master’s programme in One Health Food Safety (OHFS) was developed, supported by the NORAD/ NORHED. Recently, the School of Veterinary Medicine received funding from the World Bank to create a “Centre of Excellence in Infectious Diseases”, operating under the One Health framework. Within the auspices of this World Bank funded Project, UNZA will enrol 20 PhD and 80 MSc students who will be drawn from Sub-Saharan countries. Most MSc students will be enrolled in the MSc OHFS developed under the NORHED project. This large number of students will present several challenges. The project aims to transform the postgraduate training through shared experiences and enable student access to courses developed and delivered with renowned Universities in Norway and United Kingdom to strengthen the competitiveness of postgraduate training at UNZA. The Project builds on achievements, collaboration and relationships between Norway and Zambia through academic cooperation and mutual student mobility between students enrolled at UNZA and the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Gender main-streamed criteria will be used to select suitable MSc and PhD students to be supported through this NORPART application. However, on-site training by staff from partners in the North will also ensure that all students enrolled at UNZA can benefit from this approach. Students registered at NMBU will have an opportunity to train at UNZA. Institutions like the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) and the Norwegian Public Health Institute will access archives of pathogenic organisms to not only boost their preparedness but also contribute to training our students. As partners, NORPART-2018/10213  we shall develop and deliver short courses in Molecular biology, bioinformatics, risk assessment, epidemiology, gender studies and contribute to student supervision and training of staff.

Mål

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