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MASTER RESEARCH PROGRAMME IN INFORMATICS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE (MRP-INFORMCC)

Climate change is one of the major challenges of contemporary societies because of the negative impacts on human activities (agriculture, livestock, fishing) and natural resources (water, vegetation, land). It also involves new scientific challenges in the application and operationalization of investigative tools. This development also affects the field of training, which must provide highly qualified skills in the various fields of investigation related to the climate. This is what justifies the decision taken by Burkina Faso, in collaboration with the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) to create the master's degree in computer science and climate change at the Joseph KI-ZERBO University..

In a specific way:

This Master’s programme includes all aspect of data management and administration of high-performance computing facility that will be used to run regional climate models and its auxiliaries for operational and research institutions and universities in West Africa. Students will be exposed to interdisciplinary and trans-disciplinary approaches to climate data analysis and management skills as well as operations and maintenance of HPC systems. Upon completion of their study, the students are expected to acquire adequate knowledge in:

  • climate and environmental data storage and management,
  • climate data analysis techniques and provision of climate data service,
  • the operation, installation, and maintenance of the HPC,
  • current licensed climate data analysis software/packages,
  • the use of open sources climate data analysis packages.

04 months

Preparatory phase: Language proficiency courses

14 months

Lectures & research proposal preparation

04 months

Internship/ Field/ Research
Work

02 months

Final Thesis write-up and
defence

Find your ideal

The time frame for the Master program is two years. During the first-year students participate in the course program of their Master Research Program and work on their research outline. Research will be conducted during the second year within a period of six to nine months. Students would be expected to complete their thesis and internships with relevant government ministries, the national meteorological/hydrological agencies or relevant industry during the last three to six months of their study.

These skills offer several opportunities for graduates. They can pursue doctoral studies or undertake professional careers in :

Meteorological Agencies

Research Centers

Universities

Ministries, public structures

Private structures, NGOs

International institutions

Scholarship & Research support

WASCAL will grant scholarships to selected students under the “WASCAL Graduate Studies Programme”. The scholarship is extended annually upon successful completion of study programme.

The scholarship includes:

  • monthly stipend to cover accommodation, and living expenses for the period of studies;
  • payment of university fees;
  • research budget;
  • a personal laptop computer on loan for the duration of the programme.

By the Numbers

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