ITC contributes to human resource development and capacity building
by responding to identified training needs at various levels, focusing on subjects closely related to and considered important for the implementation of technical and socio-economic research activities at the Centre and partner institutions in the Region (NARS).
A series of training courses
is offered every year, many of which are open to the interested professional and scientific community in the Gambia and the other ITC-mandate countries in the Region. The courses are intended to have a measurable impact on trainees' knowledge, skills and attitudes. "Researchers-trainers" and experienced technical staff of ITC and cooperating institutions are providing the training.
ITC also supports and co-organises similar group training events in the neighbouring mandate countries, namely Senegal,
Guinea, and Guinea-Bissau.
is given to training of the ultimate beneficiaries of adapted research: livestock owners,
producers and food handlers. Selected topics are breeding, feeding strategies and consumer safety. Methods applied are "training of trainers" and participatory techniques of adult learning and
Other activities of the Training Department
Tailor made individual training: To
respond to individual training needs, e.g. in diagnostic techniques in bacteriology, particularly for milk and milk products.
on technical and scientific themes are
given by ITC staff or visiting scientists.
In-house training sessions: Presentations
and discussion rounds on selected methodologies and tools which are also open to the interested Gambian professional staff of DLS and NARI (e.g. on data management and GIS; statistical analysis
support/SAS; MS Power Point).
Support to PhD/MSc research studies:
International and regional scientists, registered with various international academic institutions,
are provided opportunities to undertake their field- and/or laboratory-based research work at ITC, for higher degrees in veterinary medicine, animal sciences, or agricultural economics.
Apprenticeship: Limited opportunities for
students from the Region and Europe working on their first degree are available on request.
The language of instruction at ITC is either English or French; bilingual training may be conducted in the more practically oriented
courses. The number of course participants is usually limited to a maximum of 12 to 18 persons. ITC has a limited budget that covers training related costs including transport, living expenses and bench
fees. However, candidates providing their own funding are welcome to apply.
Hostel accommodation is available for up to 10 trainees at the Centre's premises.
Nominations and applications for training courses should be forwarded through the parent institution of the applicant,
comprising the full name, present position and duties, educational and professional qualifications, key interest in the desired training, and full address, email, fax and telephone numbers.
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