SACIDS ACE Inception Workshop

March 13, 2017

The Southern African Centre for Infectious Diseases Surveillance of Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA) is conducting an Inception Workshop for the SACIDS African Centre of Excellence for Infectious Diseases (SACIDS-ACE) from today 13th to Wednesday 15th March, 2017 at the White Sands Hotel, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. SACIDS-ACE is funded by the Government of Tanzania through the World Bank and facilitation of the Inter-university Council for East Africa (IUCEA). The World Bank declared the SACIDS African Centre of Excellence for Infectious Disease effective since 26 January 2017.

The workshop is graced with about 50 participants joining together as SACIDS ACE stakeholders including supervisors, mentors, scientists and researchers from local, regional and international partner institutions in order to design the implementation strategy to deliver excellence in research and training (the technical component of the centre). During the inception workshop, the structure of the PhD programme and supervision will be introduced and discussed, and the programme matrix for 30 doctoral, 8 masters by research and 40 masters by coursework student research areas in line with the broad objective of the SACIDS-ACE programme will be defined.

The 30 doctoral studentships include 15 who will be funded by the Government of Tanzania through the World Bank who will be recruited to research on SACIDS ACE thematic areas summarized in the attached SACIDS-ACE brief. These doctoral students will be registered at either at SUA or Muhimbili University of Health and Allied Sciences (MUHAS). The other 15 doctoral students to be registered at SUA, will research on food security and receive funding from a supplementary grant from the Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) of the Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET). Twelve out of the 15 PASET RSIF doctoral students will be nationals of Ethiopia, Rwanda and Senegal.

The three days program will be featured with open discussions on the PhD structure and implementation plan, presentations and group works, as well as formation of the program matrix aimed at developing research topics. Furthermore, there will be media interviews to some of the stakeholders and closed meeting sessions.

In addition, the proceedings and outcome of the inception will be featured in some of our national and local media, but most importantly our social media channels and SACIDS website.

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