The students of Master’s in health supply chain management at the Regional Center of Excellence in Vaccine Immunization Health Supply Chain Management (RCE-VIHSCM) are finalizing their course work and have already embarked on their thesis projects. The University of Rwanda General academic regulations for post graduate studies of 28th December 2018, request every master’s students to submit, together with their thesis, at least one paper published or accepted for publication in a referred indexed journal of conference proceedings. The regulations and practices regarding thesis writing and supervision vary in different EAC countries and universities. Furthermore, some of the thesis supervisors suggested by students might be qualified by without experience in supervising master theses. This requires bringing together different experiences and deciding on a good methodology for this particular project. The RCE-VIHSCM has in its mandate, supporting and undertaking research that generates evidence/knowledge that informs best practices for HSCM as well as knowledge transfer.
The thesis writing process is, for the RCE-VIHSCM, a unique opportunity to contribute to evidence generation that will inform decisions in the area of HSCM in the region.
It is against this background that the RCE has organized a workshop with the first cohort of
Master students to support them in the process of thesis related research projects.
The workshop will be an opportunity for Master students to learn from and support each other
and from their supervisors, in the finalization of their research proposals. For the RCE, the workshop is an opportunity to bring together students and their supervisors to share experiences and agree on the collaboration on this project, including decisions on methods of work, final products, key milestones and their timeframes as well as mechanisms of information sharing.
2. Objectives of the workshop
To support Master students in the finalization of their research proposals and plan for the remaining work until the defence of their theses.
3. Expected outputs
- Improved research proposals and data collection tools
- Roadmap for the work on theses until defence and work publishing.
- Agreement of methodology of work including the role of students, supervisor, RCE, and information sharing mechanisms.
The workshop will be held from 27th to 29th May, 2019.
From 20th to 24th May 2019, students will be sitting for their Semester III exams. They are expected to use the weekend (25-26th May 2019) to update/improve their research proposals and prepare PowerPoint presentations for the workshop.
- All Master students (29)
- All main supervisors
- RCE staff (Training coordinator, Research coordinator, e-learning specialist, Web and
IT manager, Hera TA)