Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Another Portal for Tertiary Agricultural Education in Africa launched

21st-22nd May 2009. The Tertiary Agricultural Education (TAE) Registrar's Seminar was held in South Africa. ITOCA announced the launch of the portal for Tertiary Agricultural Education (TAE) in Africa. The portal was developed through funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The portal data is available on the public domain. Though still in its infancy, the portal’s online interactive database gives vital data to enable the tracking of human capital development in the tertiary agricultural education sector in Africa.

The portal will among other data give contact information of all tertiary institutions offering qualifications in agriculture and related sciences in Africa; enrollment and graduate statistics in every discipline by institutions; staffing levels and qualifications; curriculum updating information; cost involved in producing a graduate and much more.

This portal will give funders, aid agencies and other potential developmental partners vital information for possible investment opportunities in the region pertaining to agricultural education and training in Africa so as to help build capacities. Researchers, students, information specialists and anyone with an interest in agriculture education and training in Africa will also benefit from the portal.
Agriculture Research Institutes in Sub-Saharan Africa is another research facility on tertiary agricultural education. It is an online database developed by AfDevInfo (African Development Information - April 2008 issue).