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|Title: ||Assessing and Strengthening African Universities’ Capacity for Doctoral Programmes|
|Authors: ||Bates, Imelda|
Phillips, Richard O.
|Issue Date: ||Sep-2011|
|Publisher: ||PLoS Medicine|
|Citation: ||PLoS Med 8(9): e1001068. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001068|
|Abstract: ||Universities can make a major contribution to good policy-making by
generating nationally relevant evidence, but little is known about how to
strategically support universities in poorer countries to train and nurture
sufficient internationally competitive researchers.
N It is difficult for universities to develop a coherent strategy to identify and
remedy deficiencies in their doctoral training programmes because there is
currently no single process that can be used to evaluate all the components
needed to make these programmes successful.
N We have developed an evidence-based process for evaluating doctoral
programmes from multiple perspectives that comprises an interview guide
and a list of corroborating documents and facilities; we refined and validated
this process by testing it in five diverse African universities.
N The strategy and priority list that emerged from the evaluation process
facilitated ‘‘buy-in’’ from internal and external agencies and enabled each
university to lead the development, implementation, and monitoring of their
own strategy for remedying doctoral programme deficiencies.|
|Description: ||An article published by PLoS Med 8(9): e1001068. doi:10.1371/journal.pmed.1001068|
|Appears in Collections:||College of Health Sciences|
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