On 26 May 2017, the UNU Institute for the Advanced Study of Sustainability (UNU-IAS) hosted a reporting session on the Global Leadership Training Programme in Africa (GLTP), providing an opportunity for students who participated in the previous year to share their fieldwork with students newly selected for the programme.
GLTP, supported by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT), is a practical training initiative that provides Japanese postgraduate students with opportunities to implement their fieldwork at partner institutions in Africa. In 2016, a total of 11 master’s and PhD students carried out research in Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda, and Zambia.
The session began with welcome remarks from Kazuo Akiyama of MEXT, who expressed his appreciation for the efforts of participating students, and his expectation that their work will continue to contribute to sustainable development in Africa. Students then presented their research, which explored topics as diverse as care for nodding syndrome, community participation in wildlife conservation, lead poisoning risks, and effects of integrated water resource management.
In 2017, eleven graduate students were accepted into the programme. These students will conduct their research in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia.
The programme is open to students interested in any area of study that contributes to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Africa.
For more information, including field reports from the 2016 students, see the news story on the UNU-IAS website.