Turn-key courses for agricultural development
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CTA. 1996. Turn-key courses for agricultural development . Spore 62. CTA, Wageningen, The Netherlands.
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The Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (CTVM) at the University of Edinburgh, UK, has developed teaching courses in a modular form. A module consists of one day of teaching over 10 weeks; students have to pass eight of these modules and submit...
The Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine (CTVM) at the University of Edinburgh, UK, has developed teaching courses in a modular form. A module consists of one day of teaching over 10 weeks; students have to pass eight of these modules and submit an acceptable dissertation to be awarded an MSc. The modules do not have to be passed in one year; under the present regulations up to five years are allowed, which means that people in full-time work could take one of these courses by obtaining limited leave of absence. The range of modules is very large and includes not only those organized by the CTVM, but also by Edinburgh University's Institute of Ecology and Resource Management and the Scottish Agricultural College. New modules this year include 'Sustainable Food Production in the Tropics' and 'Sustainable Use of Wildlife in the Tropics'. Some of the modules have turned into 'Turnkey' courses which can be taught over a two-week period in a tropical country. The idea behind the turn-key course is that two specialists go out to a research centre and teach the course, while at the same time training local staff to give subsequent courses. All teaching material that has been prepared is left with the host institution. To-date the most popular turn-key course has been one entitled 'Scientific Communication', where individuals are given training on the oral presentation of papers and in addition are shown how to apply for money for research, including production of logical frameworks. The Scientific Communication turn-key course has also been expanded for those students that have more time available, into a 10-week course 'Publish and Develop' in which training is given in the use of all aspects of editing and publications management, including desk-top publishing. Other turn-key courses available include the 'privatization of Veterinary Services' and 'Draught Animal Technology'. Dr A J Smith Head of Teaching CTVM The University of Edinburgh Easter Bush Roslin, Midlothian Scotland EH25 9RG EH25 9RG UK