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Projects and Initiatives

In order to better take stock of current work being done in the realm of doctoral education, ‘Projects and Initiatives’ presents information about projects being carried out by organizations related to postgraduate training and management. Projects listed here share a common focus, all or in part, on African higher education.

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ICPE International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)

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icipe's mission is to help alleviate poverty, ensure food security and improve the overall health status of peoples of the tropics, by developing and extending management tools and strategies for harmful and useful arthropods, while preserving the natural resource base through research and capacity building.

The Centre's vision is to pioneer global science in entomology, to improve the well being and resilience of people and the environment to the challenges of a changing world, through innovative and applied research, alongside deep exploratory study, impact assessment, evaluation and sustainable capacity building.


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Postgraduate Training (ARPPIS & DRIP)

A primary focus of the icipe Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme is master’s and doctoral level training through the African Regional Postgraduate Programme in Insect Science (ARPPIS) and the Dissertation Research Internship Programme (DRIP).

MSc and PhD students are integrated into research projects in the centre’s four health (4H) themes where they pursue their passion in science and gain the necessary skills for a career in research. Student research projects span the whole continuum, from strategic basic research, technology development and validation, through to community-based adoption. Postgraduate students make outstanding discoveries and contribute to knowledge creation and sustainable development, and they greatly enhance the research capacity and status of icipe as a world-class centre for insect R&D. Postgraduate students have contributed to almost 50% of icipe’s research papers, and students are primary authors on approximately 40% of papers. Many students publish papers in high impact journals.

At any one time, the ARPPIS and DRIP programmes at icipe can have up to 100 MSc and PhD students. In 2014, 118 post-graduate students from 17 African countries, and 11 students from five non-African countries were at icipe conducting research at various stages of their projects. A total of 297 PhD students and 311 MSc students have completed their training at icipe since the inception of post-graduate training at the centre.

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Training Courses and Workshops

Beyond the postgraduate training programmes, icipe also aims to increase the capacity of diverse stakeholders in producing and using science and new technologies.

Each year icipe holds many training courses, workshops and other training events for research students and scientists, research and development collaborators, farmers and extension workers, and other stakeholders.

Training covers a range of research and development activities, spanning the continuum from basic strategic research to technology development and validation, and ultimately community-based adoption of new technologies:

  1. Research skills training for African scientists including postgraduate students and early-career postdoctoral scientists, e.g. biostatistics, GIS, bioinformatics, gender responsiveness in research, science paper writing, proposal writing, science communications.
  2. Training of individuals in national systems, e.g. veterinary services across Africa involved in the monitoring of bee health.
  3. Training of farmers, community and extension workers on the adoption of sustainable arthropod management technologies for improved livelihoods in Africa, e.g. Fruit fly integrated pest management, and Push-Pull technology to control of stem borer and striga in maize.


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