New project seeks to elevate plant breeding and biotechnology education

Judy Ndunge Kenya May 21, 2024

The Middle East, and Europe, a consortium of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) has embarked on a journey in agricultural science termed the BREEDTECH project, slated for a three-year tenure from 2024 to 2027.The project is aimed at elevating plant breeding and biotechnology education and research across diverse landscapes.

Spearheaded by Egerton University’s the project is estimated  to have a total project budget of 787,575 Euros=113,638 528) .Crucially, the project’s outcomes will transcend institutional boundaries, disseminating the best practices across target regions which include Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Palestinian higher education institutions.

The project is designed to implement four main work packages which include improving the skills and competence, upgrading of laboratories centers and developing reviewed curriculum’s. The packages also entail development of BREEDTECH Massive open online course (MOOC) in African and Palestinian universities with support from European HIEs.

These institutions are set benefit from scientific publications and research webinars to curriculum reviews and exchange visits. By harnessing the power of digital platforms and social media, the consortium aims to foster a global community of practitioners committed to advancing agricultural science through knowledge transfer workshops.

Nonetheless, BREEDTECH aims at building the capacity in plant breeding and biotechnology that would encourage researchers and academics to take an interest in the concept, domains, tools, and digital technology . It would further more enable the next generation of plant breeders and biotechnology professionals are equipped with the necessary knowledge and skills to succeed in their careers

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