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Tertiary Agriculture Education & Research @ USP, By D. Hunter, M. Umar & S. Lameta


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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.

The team from the USP Alafua Campus, Drs Hunter, Umar and Lameta outlined their undergraduate Diploma and Degree programmes with again an emphasis on integration. Both face-to-face and distant and flexible teaching modes are used in servicing the needs of students from the 12 member countries of USP. Post-graduate studies and research are also important.

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Tertiary Agriculture Education & Research @ USP, By D. Hunter, M. Umar & S. Lameta

  1. 1. Tertiary Agriculture Education & Research @ USP Regional Pacific Workshop – Science for Impact Building the Critical Mass Vudal University, 25 – 27 November 2009 D. Hunter, M. Umar & S. Lameta
  2. 2. Profile <ul><li>Premier tertiary education provider in the region </li></ul><ul><li>Distinctively and uniquely Pacific </li></ul><ul><li>Multimode teaching - F2F & DFL (on-line, print) </li></ul><ul><li>12 member countries </li></ul>
  3. 3. The USP region
  4. 4. Alafua Campus, SAMOA
  5. 5. Vice Chancellor Dean Faculty of Business and Economics IRETA SAFT SAFT Scientists Research Coordinator Extension Training
  6. 6. Undergraduate qualifications in Agriculture @ USP <ul><li>1. Diploma in Agriculture ( 2-years program) </li></ul><ul><li>12 degree-level courses offered through F2F or DFL </li></ul><ul><li>12-weeks practicum/working attachments (Supervised hands-on skills training) </li></ul><ul><li>- Courses may be cross-credited towards B.Agr Degree </li></ul><ul><li>2. Bachelor of Agriculture (3-years Program) </li></ul><ul><li>20 degree-level courses offered through F2F, DFL or Flexi-schools </li></ul><ul><li>12-weeks practicum/working attachments (Supervised hands-on skills training) </li></ul><ul><li>-Students can choose from one of the following special study areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>BAgr (Agribusiness) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>BAgr (Applied Science) </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Postgraduate qualifications in Agriculture @ USP <ul><li>3. Postgraduate Programmes </li></ul><ul><li>- The Postgraduate Diploma and Master programmes in Agriculture are for those students who may wish to advance and specialise in the following study areas: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>MAgr (Crop Science) – 4 courses + thesis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MAgr (Agricultural Economics) – 4 courses + thesis </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Research Topics of Postgraduate Studies </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Students to work on local problems identified by stakeholders </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Research @ USP by SAFT-IRETA <ul><li>Objective 1 – To build USP’s capacity for inter-disciplinary research and focus on the priorities of its 12 member countries </li></ul><ul><li>Objective 2 – To effectively disseminate research results and outcomes </li></ul><ul><li>Core agricultural issues: </li></ul><ul><li>Climate Change </li></ul><ul><li>Food Security </li></ul><ul><li>Income Generation </li></ul>
  9. 9. Producing the kinds of graduates required <ul><li>Research skills – Statistics for Agriculture (2 nd year; revised), & Research Skills & Project (3 rd year; revised) </li></ul><ul><li>Extension skills – Agricultural Extension (2 nd year; revised) </li></ul><ul><li>Project management skills – Agricultural Project Management (3 rd year; new) </li></ul>