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New Fellowship Agreement between OWSD and UPM

New Fellowship Agreement between OWSD and UPM

Peter McGrath, TWAS programme officer, on a recent visit to UPM, Malaysia, witnessing the two agreements with Bujang Kim Huat, dean of UPM's School of Graduate Studies.


OWSD has recently signed an agreement with the Universiti Putra Malaysia (UPM) that will provide a number of opportunities for female postgraduate students from selected developing countries to spend time studying for the PhD degrees in research laboratories in UPM.

The agreement builds on a collaboration between OWSD and UPM that dates back to 2006. Since then UPM has been accepting young women postgraduate students under the OWSD Fellowship programme for young women scientists from sub-Saharan Africa and Least Developed Countries into its agricultural research programmes. Indeed, even before this initial formal arrangement, UPM had been hosting OWSD Fellowship awardees since 2002. To date, some 25 young women researchers have benefited from studying at UPM and 15 have so far graduated with higher degrees.

"When it comes to research, Malaysia is increasingly being recognized as a leading developing country, with several of its programmes also able to compete on the global stage," said Romain Murenzi, TWAS executive director. "Through this agreement, we are pleased to be building on our current collaborations with the Malaysian science community and to be able to offer scientists from developing countries other than Malaysia the opportunity to study at UPM, to make use of their top-class facilities, and to develop their links with researchers there."

Likewise, OWSD president, Fang Xin, welcomed the new agreement with UPM. "OWSD has had a fruitful collaboration with UPM for several years. I am pleased to see this now expand and to include not just agricultural research, but all areas of the natural sciences. This really opens up more opportunities for young women scientists from sub-Saharan Africa and LDCs to get top-class training at a top-class institution."

The call for applications to this programme will open in early 2013.


Peter McGrath, TWAS programme officer, and Bujang Huat, UPM, with OWSD Fellowship awardees currently on site at UPM: (left to right) Mst. Tuhina Khatun (Bangladesh), Yeasmin Akter (Bangladesh), Ei Ei Khiang (Myanmar), and Mst. Banu Rubia (Bangladesh).


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