Universities' partnership to protect fragile ecosystems

Six universities in five countries have launched REFORM, a five-year partnership for international higher education and research harmonisation and postgraduate student mobility in the field of fragile ecosystems.

The partner institutions of REFORM – the Regional Academic Exchange for Enhanced Skills in Fragile Ecosystems Management in Africa – are: the National University of Benin; Mzuzu University, Malawi; Eduardo Mondlane University, Mozambique; Cheikh Anta Diop University (UCAD), Senegal; Makerere University and Uganda Martyrs University, Uganda, according to SciDevNet.

Between them they will offer postgraduate programmes in agroforestry, ecology and adaptation; taxonomy, biodiversity, ethnobotany and natural resources conservation and valorisation; agro-ecology and food systems; forest, ecosystem, environment and natural resource management.

UCAD is coordinating the project, which is financed by the European Union with the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences as its European technical partner, reported the Agence de Presse Sénégalaise, or APS.

REFORM was officially launched at UCAD in Dakar in June, under the leadership of Mary Teuw Niane, Senegal’s minister of higher education, research and innovation, reported APS.

Its aim is “to educate students at masters and doctorate levels in the management of fragile ecosystems, and should enable the internationalisation and harmonisation of curricula on the management of fragile ecosystems”, and “the creation of a regional skills infrastructure for environmental management and food safety”, reported APS. – Compiled by Jane Marshall

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