2015 Call for applications MSc in Capacity Development & Extension, University of Guelph

M.Sc. in Capacity Development & Extension
University of Guelph
Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Application deadline: April 1, 2015

The MSc in Capacity Development & Extension at the University of Guelph is aimed at students interested in acquiring the theoretical foundation and applied skills for the interdisciplinary field of agricultural knowledge management, rural and environmental communication, adult learning and applied leadership and organizational change studies. CDE is a research-oriented program, designed with two kinds of student in mind: 1) those interested in the scholarly study of knowledge management and learning processes for environmental and agricultural contexts, including rural and remote communities in Canada and/or internationally; and 2) mid-career educators, community activists and communicators interested in familiarizing themselves with the scholarly literature in this field and in pursuing a specific research project.

While some previous study or work related to local or international community development experience is preferred, this is not a requirement for entry into the CDE MSc, and we welcome applicants of all disciplinary and professional backgrounds.

All MSc students are considered for fellowships, awards, teaching assistantships and research assistantships.

In addition to course work, students write a thesis or major research paper on a topic approved by his/her Advisory Committee. The THESIS option requires that students complete six courses (three core courses, plus two restricted electives, plus one open elective), in addition to the thesis. The MAJOR PAPER option requires that students complete eight courses (three core courses, plus four restricted electives, plus one open elective), in addition to the major research paper.

Courses are listed here: https://www.uoguelph.ca/sedrd/capacity-development

CDE students may also wish to include a second degree designation in International Development Studies. For more info see:

For further information contact:

CDE Graduate Coordinator: Professor Al Lauzon allauzon@uoguelph.ca
CDE Graduate Secretary: Sue Hall srhall@uoguelph.ca


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About Graduate Farmers

TGFA is a civil society organization whose membership base constitute highly learned, capable, experienced and aspirants of becoming commercial farmers in Tanzania. Membership also comprises agricultural consultants (researchers) and retired people from the civil service sectors who deal with agriculture and agriculture marketing in general. The major aim of TGFA is to develop, promote, and influence structured business and initiatives that encourages and motivate youth especially graduates to tap in profitable agriculture value chains in both rural and urban areas in Tanzania with defined rules and regulations. TGFA also aimed at bringing dialogues for advocating improvement of the policy and enabling business environment in the country economy, strengthen information dissemination, technology and innovation, agribusiness development skills, business linkages and reduce constraints along the sector value chain. The word ‘graduate’, as it appears on the title, does not strictly mean that one has to have university degree, rather a catch word that connotes a paradigm shift in thinking, especially in the developing countries, that farming is largely for the unprivileged, most less educated and poor people in rural areas towards a new thinking that farming can only be meaningful and actual backbone of the economy if and only if the highly learned, capable (in terms of finances and other resources) and inspired individuals in urban areas embark into it even as part-timers.
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