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Graduate Students Trained in Scientific Data Management at 15th RUFORUM AGM

Dr. Susan Balaba Tumwebaze (Left) and a colleague from RUFORUM (Centre) help a male student during the Scientific Data Management training as part of the 15th RUFORUM AGM, being held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019.

Makerere University Graduate students have participated in the training organized by  the  Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and University of Cape Coast (UCC)  Ghana.

The training attracted Masters, PhD students and emerging scientists from RUFORUM, a network of 121 universities from 38 African countries. In addition, students from non-RUFORUM universities like Togo, Kenya and   Nigeria on mobility scheme  also took part in  the training.

The five – day training which started on 29th November – 3rd December  2019, is part of the activities to mark the 15th  RUFORUM Annual  General  Meeting (2nd -6th December 2019) hosted by University of Cape Coast under the theme, “Delivering on Africa’s Universities Agenda for Agricultural Higher Education Science Technology and Innovation (AHESTI): What  will it be?

Makerere University dons were invited by RUFORUM among the key resource persons to deliver lectures on proposal development, scientific writing and presentation as well as Scientific Data Management and publication.

“The importance of the Scientific Data Management Course is to facilitate students to be able to handle their data especially those at the stage of data analysis so that they can learn what appropriate statistical methods they can use and complete on time. There are students who are at the stage of writing proposals. So during training, not only do we talk about data analysis but also methods and tools used to collect data and relate them to research problems”, said Associate Professor Susan Balaba Tumwebaze.

Prof. John Steven Tenywa from Makerere University Department of Agricultural Production said, scientific writing is a field that has shortcomings among students because most of the time, writing skills are not provided for by most curricular.

“This forum brings students from different systems and students are able to appreciate that their systems are better or worse and also to make friends."

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