Visiting Scholarship and Mentorship at Eduardo Mondlane University: Nurturing Future Scholars

The recent visiting scholarship with a mentorship seminar at Eduardo Mondlane University in Maputo, Mozambique, was a testament to the boundless opportunities for learning and mentorship in academia. The experience was not only about imparting knowledge but also about igniting the passion and potential of the exceptional doctoral candidates in Economics at the Faculty of Economics.

It was a privilege to spend quality time at Eduardo Mondlane University, guiding these students through the preparation of their PhD proposals. The energy and enthusiasm they displayed have rekindled our commitment to nurturing the future of African scholars and researchers. Witnessing their dedication and zeal was truly inspiring

The seminar was filled with enriching intellectual discussions, but it was not all work and no play. Amidst the rigorous schedule, we found time for relaxation and rejuvenation. Saturday, 16th September 2023, was a day dedicated to enjoying the beautiful city of Maputo. It began with a hearty breakfast at our hotel, continued with a visit to a local fresh fruit joint, and culminated in a tranquil afternoon by the shimmering waters of one of Maputo’s stunning beaches.

The highlight of the seminar was the presentation on “Doing Postgraduate Research with Joy: Some Helpful Insights” by Prof Evans Osabuohien and Dr Obindah Gershon. This insightful session covered various aspects of postgraduate research, providing invaluable guidance to the students.

The presentation provided insights into key elements of postgraduate research, including understanding the research background, writing hypotheses, and employing critical analysis., literature review, presenting facts, theoretical framework. research methodology, presenting and discussing research results effectively.

The mentorship seminar was a comprehensive and enriching experience, equipping these doctoral candidates with the knowledge and tools to embark on their research journeys with joy and confidence. Apart from the seminar presentation and mentorship, it was also an opportunity to serve as a panel of examiner for two doctoral proposal presentation during the week-long visiting scholarship.

As we left Maputo, we were filled with hope and optimism for the future of African scholars. It was a reminder that education and mentorship are powerful catalysts for change, and the commitment to fostering knowledge knows no bounds.

It worth noting that Prof Evans Osabuohien has been a Visiting Professor at Eduardo Mondlane University since 2020.  Apart from lecturing and mentoring doctoral students, he has also served as a moderator at a Workshop on ‘Economic Development and Institutions– Perceptions and Constraints’ that was held in March 2022.

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