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Presentation For the Science for Impact- Building The Critical Mass. Workshop Facilitated by CTA and Jointly Organized by UNRE, NARI and USP School of Agriculture and Food Technology, Samoa
Theme 3. Producing the Kinds of Graduates Required.
Dr Alan Quartermain spoke on how UNRE has integrated its Degree programmes with Diploma programmes in Tropical Agriculture and Fisheries and Marine Resources. Integration allows for efficiency with common courses and recognition with a common first year and some joint courses of the common needs of agriculture and fisheries in resource management. Delayed streaming gives students more time post secondary school to determine desires and potentials, takes the pressure off the first year struggle to adapt and compete, reduces the loss of good potential agriculturists who cannot cope well with basic sciences and mathematics and allows students time to develop the skills and knowledge required for chosen careers. Degree students get a good practical grounding with their peers before the advanced science and management. Options exist for Diplomates to return for a Degree at a later date after work experience.