EDMA – GKEN’S FLAGSHIP PROJECT
EDMA, the Ethiopian Doctoral and Masters Academy, is a flagship project of Global Knowledge Exchange Network (GKEN). EDMA was established to help prepare future generations of Ethiopian scholars by supporting Doctoral and Masters candidates throughout Ethiopia. Currently, 95 professionals who volunteer with EDMA are registered as supervisors and mentors: they assist over 280 post-graduate research candidates with their PhD and Masters theses across three Ethiopian universities.
The Academy therefore brought together Ethiopians and friends of Ethiopia – academics, researchers and practitioners – with a clear aim to help increase research capacity and knowledge production. EDMA volunteers come from various academic disciplines and the support and mentoring they provide to Doctoral and Masters level candidates will enable students to widen their research skills and enhance their learning experiences.
The main aims and objectives of EDMA are to:
- Provide a supportive setting for feedback on Doctoral/Masters candidates’ current research and guidance on future research directions;
- Offer each student comments and fresh perspectives on their work from researchers and fellow students outside their own institution;
- Promote the development of a supportive community of scholars and a spirit of collaborative research between academics, practitioners, researchers and students;
- Facilitate the delivery of seminars or workshops on the most recent developments in academia and research endeavours;
- Maintain complementary work ethics between primary and external supervisors/mentors and research candidates and local academic institutions;
- Contribute to the wider national and international effort to improve the quality of education in higher learning institutions in Ethiopia.