Transition from a (Sandwich) PhD programme at Wageningen University to an academic career in Africa

Course schedule

This course is not scheduled yet.

Course description

Wageningen University hosts more than 2000 PhD candidates from all over the world of which almost 10% are from African countries. Among them an important category are Sandwich PhD candidates who spend part of their PhD programme in Wageningen and part at their home institution or partner institution in Africa. After obtaining the PhD degree many return to their home institutions and are now pursuing an academic career. The Sandwich PhD program is quite unique world-wide. It builds partnerships between Wageningen University and research institutions in Africa. This programme provides many opportunities for building an academic career for individuals, but it also presents some challenges.

This workshop is an initiative of three Sandwich PhD graduates – from Benin, Zimbabwe, and Zambia - who will also be our special guests. They have moved to an academic position at their home institute and will share their experiences and will reflect on successes, challenges, and opportunities of the PhD programme at Wageningen University and their experience afterwards. We will also highlight on how to maximize on mutual benefits for all involved, the PhD candidates, their Wageningen counterparts and the Universities/partner institutions involved, and how to navigate pitfalls. 

TENTATIVE PROGRAMME (subject to minor changes)

12.30 - 13.30

Registration and light lunch

13.30 - 13.35


Dr Sijmen Schoustra

13.40 - 13.55

Importance of Sandwich PhD program at Wageningen University - Mutual benefits

To be announced

14.00 - 14.45


Shaping an African Scientist in Wageningen to unlock the continent's potential and beyond

Dr Yann Madode, University Abomey Calavi Benin

Dr Bernard Moonga, University of Zambia

Dr Juliet Mubaiwa, Chinhoyi University of Technology Zimbabwe

14.45 - 15.15

Coffee/Thee break & Networking

15.15 - 15.35

Experience as a Wageningen and an African supervisor of such projects

Dr Anita Linnemann

Dr Sijmen Schoustra

15.40 - 16.10

Group discussion:

Collecting questions, statements, discussion points


16.15 - 17.00

Plenary feedback and discussion: take-aways and insight


17.00 - 17.30

Drinks & Networking