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Support for University Fisheries Education and Research (SUFER)

The purpose of the SUFER Project is to increase the capability of public universities in Bangladesh through the development of human resources, skills and knowledge, to deliver quality graduates and provide poverty sensitive research to the aquatic resource sector.

These demand-led objectives are being achieved through a series of competitive teaching and research awards to assist fisheries programmes in selected departments of the universities of Dhaka, Rajshahi, Mymensingh (Bangladesh Agriculture University), Chittagong, and Khulna. Through financial support the Project is encouraging these universities to develop their areas of expertise, by the acquisition of well-equipped departmental lecture theatres and research laboratories, whilst establishing partnerships with national and international fisheries research institutes, NGOs and private enterprise. Opportunities also exist to award holders for overseas visits to develop teaching materials and seek expert guidance on areas of fisheries research.

These awards are available to participating universities on a competitive basis. There are 80, which support teaching programme development and 60 for research. The latter (worth approximately Taka 568,000 (7,100) each) are undertaken individually or in collaboration with regional and/or international research institutes. Such awards are used to fund significant research initiatives, and can be extended to a total of three years. They may be used to acquire a higher degree. All research proposals are peer reviewed by appropriate internationally recognised authorities. Final selection is by a technical committee representing the universities, Department of Fisheries, Bangladesh Fisheries Research Institute, three Non Government Organisations and the private sector.

Local and international consultancies undertake institutional appraisals and provide training in teaching methods and research management. The SUFER project and the individual awards are subject to regular technical and financial monitoring to ensure quality, accountability, and transparency.

Chris Morrice and Dr A. B. Thompson

Contact: Chris Morrice (SUFER Project Coordinator) - chris.sufer@fmsbd.org
SUFER Project
4th Floor, University Grants Commission of Bangladesh
Agargaon, Dhaka-1207
Tel: 8124308/9
Fax: +88 02-8124309
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