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CARTA Supports PhDs to Boost Scholarship

posted Apr 1, 2011, 9:01 AM by CARTA Administrator   [ updated Apr 1, 2011, 9:01 AM ]

From the University of Nairobi News

The University of Nairobi (UoN) is set to benefit from the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) support for institutional capacity to conduct high quality research, doctoral training to enhance local production of well trained researchers and scholars. This will be done through a multi disciplinary Ph.D. training and supervisory program in population and public health.

Prof. Okoth Alubo said this during the launch of the CARTA program at UoN. According to Prof. Alubo, part of CARTA's mission is to enhance training capacity to replace retiring academic staff in many African Universities. To achieve the goal of sustained growth of intellectuals, CARTA will engage in institutional support to enhance research management and productivity and inter-disciplinary, multi-country, and cross-institutional Ph.D programme.

Nine universities from Africa and three research institutions are CARTA's current members. Among them, African Population and Health Research Centre (APHRC), Agincourt Health and Population Unit, South Africa, Ifakara Health Institute, Tanzania and KEMRI Wellcome Trust Research Programme, Kenya. The northern partners include WHO Special Programme for Training in Research in Tropical Diseases (TDR), Swiss Tropical Institute Switzerland, University of Colorado, USA, University of Warwik, UK, Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research and Monash University, Australia. They bring on board experience in running Ph.D. programmes, mentorship and supervision of Ph.D. students, and skills in building institutional research and training capacity.

The programme is domiciled in Population Studies Research Institute (PSRI) and was officially launched on June 28, 2010 by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic Affairs, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi. The launch was attended by academicians and students from related disciplines.