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East Africa mulls ways to improve postgraduate supervision

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Parties involved in research and postgraduate training in East Africa this week discussed ways to improve the quality of studies and supervision in the region.

The actors—including the Inter-University Council for East Africa, the German Academic Exchange Service, DAAD, and the African Population and Health Research Centre through its training programme, the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa—also hope to harmonise the standards of postgraduate training in the region.

A workshop convened by the actors in Kigali, Rwanda, this week heard that postgraduate raining in the region is hamstrung by low supervision capacity, absence of a system for assessing supervision competence, questionable quality of supervision and supervisors, and a lack of clear standards.

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