African students supported by Commonwealth scholarships are among the first graduates of an online animal health MSc.
Some of the first graduates from the MSc in International Animal Health arrived in Edinburgh to collect their degrees at the McEwan Hall this week.
The part-time online programme is designed to allow students around the world - many of whom are working vets - to continue work while developing their skills.
It offers students in developing countries access to the world leading expertise of Edinburgh’s Centre for Tropical Veterinary Medicine.
The programme is one of the first courses to be integrated into the University’s new Global Health Academy, which is designed to provide solutions for health challenges in the developing world.
I wanted to do this course because it was online, so wouldn’t stop me working. Studying international animal health is important for my professional development.
MSc graduate and teaching assistant at Makerere University
Close to 60 of the 80 students currently enrolled in the programme are supported by Commonwealth Scholarships, which fund Commonwealth citizens studying with UK universities.
The Commonwealth Scholarships Commission has also provided funding for University of Edinburgh vets to run a summer school at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda.
This MSC continues our 30-year tradition of delivering world leading postgraduate education in tropical veterinary medicine in the parts of the world where it is needed most.
Dr Mark Eisler
International Animal Health MSc Programme Director
This article was published on Jun 16, 2010