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West Africa is very vulnerable to climate change and the reasons proffered include over-dependence on rain fed agriculture, weak governance, inadequate economic and technological development as well as more technical reasons such as the fact that the Global Circulation Models (GCMs) used in simulating the regional patterns of climate are too coarse to reliably project the impacts of climate change in West African. Many gaps still exist that may provide the missing link between the relationship of land use changes, climate stress and possible feedbacks. This evident weakness of the African scientific community to analyse climate change patterns and impacts as well as design and manage strategies and actions to cope and adapt underscores the critical need for concerted efforts in inter-disciplinary scientific research and education to improve or compliment the various studies that have identified the different impacts of climate change and adaptation strategies.

These GSPs would also collaborate with FUT Minna through teaching and student supervision.

VISION:
To become the leading postgraduate degree programme for educating vibrant young scientists and conducting cross-disciplinary, multi-sectoral and innovative research on Climate Change that aims at bridging the gap in knowledge on the land use changes, climate stress and possible feedbacks.

MISSION:
To produce graduates equipped with the highest quality education and training in the use of innovative research methodologies and application of state-of-the-art digital technologies and modelling tools for assessing climate change impacts with the view of deriving useable climate change scenarios that can guide policy formulation across the West African region.

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ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

WASCAL offers 10 scholarships per Batch, one each for the participating countries (Nigeria, Bénin, Burkina Faso, Côte d'Ivoire, The Gambia, Ghana, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, and Togo). The following is required of the candidates seeking admission into the programme MTech Climate Change and Adapted Land Use:

(i) Qualification

(a) Five O' Level credit passes in Mathematics, English, Physics and any twoof the following relevant subjects (Geography, Agricultural Science/Biology, Economics)or its equivalent in Francophone countries (baccalaureat C or D);

(b) The Master's programme would be conducted in English. Therefore, it is required that the francophone applicants MUST pass a proficiency test in English language e.g. TOEFL (60% and above)

(c) First Degree (B.Tech. or B.Sc.) with a minimum of 2nd Class Upper Degree (or Assez Bien for the Francophone applicants) from Institutions recognised by the Federal University of Technology, Minna; in any discipline related to the environment (most especially geography, agriculture, land resources, water resources and climate science);

(d) For Nigerian applicants, NYSC Certificate/Exemption is required; and

(e) Candidates must provide 3 referees: from first degree project supervisor, head of department of your first degree, if employed, a letter from immediate supervisor/boss, or any other relevant personnel.

 

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PROGRAMME DURATION AND STRUCTURE:

(a) The Master of Technology programme will run on full-time basis ONLY. The duration of the programme is twenty four months (24);

(b) This excludes the three months english language course organised for students from francophone countries at University of Cape Coast, Ghana; and french language course organised for students from anglophone countries in the University of Lome (Togo);

(c) A three months period is dedicated to language (french and english) and common courses (Remote Sensing and GIS; Geostatistics/Advanced statistics; Climate Change impacts, adaptation and mitigation; research methodology; and Atmospheric Science and Climate Systems) will be taught during the three months period organised for language course;

(d) The programme shall run on a course unit system and shall be examined by both course work and by research. Each academic session will consist of two semesters of 15 weeks each for teaching and two weeks each for examination;

(e) In order to widen the scope of knowledge of these students, faculty and external experts would be invited to make presentations on topical climate change issues, among others, which not just the students would benefit from, but the University community as a whole.

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