Strengthening research capacity

Postgraduate Supervision Course in Blantyre

1 September 2011

A three-day workshop was jointly organized by the MCDC and the College of Medicine in Malawi. The workshop was organised for the supervisors and advisors of the MCDC PhD students based at CoM and the Malawi-Liverpool Wellcome Trust Clinical Research Programme (MLW).

This workshop generated a lot of interest, so to broaden this development opportunity, MCDC and the CoM extended invitations to postgraduate supervisors based within other research capacity building programmes in their African partner institutions. This brought together 24 new and experienced supervisors from Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and South Africa – and all working within diverse subject areas such as: health (medicine, nursing, and pharmacy), environmental science, civil and environmental engineering, computer science and agriculture.

This diversity produced valuable discussions and sharing of knowledge, expertise and experience of postgraduate supervision within different faculties, institutions and countries, and contributed to a successful course that was facilitated by Prof Chris Kapp – a consultant in Staff Development and Training from South Africa.


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