Description of the Action
The proposal seeks to create masters level modules in Geodesy taught in Addis Ababa with the aim adding them to modules in the Geophysics programme already taught there.
The action will:
- Fund travel for all partners to attend curriculum development meetings;
- Include collaborative development of teaching materials;
- contribute to set-up costs for the course in Addis Ababa;
- In the longer term, students on the MSc in Geodesy would be funded in the same way as those on the existing MSc in Geophysics.
- The same staff, knowledge and equipment would be able to provide short in-service professional training courses for staff from national mapping agencies.
Sustainability and Risks
This project is primarily about knowledge transfer. The success of a geodesy MSc programme at Addis Ababa University will be judged by the number and quality of the students it produces. The material taught will complement postgraduate teaching concentrating on remote sensing and GIS in Dar es Salaam and GPS and GIS in Kenya. The staff involved in teaching the new MSc have a proven teaching record – the Addis Ababa MSc in Geophysics already produces many very good students. Although the new course, once established, can be expected to be oversubscribed, the risks are largely related to an initial lack of resources: there might be too few students with suitable funding in the early stages to get a viable course off the ground. The start-up studentships the project will provide are designed to reduce the risk of initially having too few students for the structure to prove its value - agencies or individuals may not risk scarce resources to send students to an untried programme. Introducing a specialised Masters course whose concept and content will not be familiar to either students or funding agencies therefore needs a particular, but short-term level of support and encouragement.