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Master Programme Climate Change Informatics

The University of Ouagadougou 1 Pr. Joseph Ki-Zerbo , Burkina Faso is pleased to announce for application for its first batch of students to the study of Master Research Programme in Informatics for Climate Change (MRP-INFORMCC) in Burkina Faso under the Capacity Building Programme of West African Science Service Centre on Climate Change and Adapted Land Use (WASCAL), with funding from the German Ministry of Education and Research( BMBF).
WASCAL is a wholly West African international organization with focus on academic and transdisciplinary research, building graduate-level scientific capacity and serving policy makers in West Africa with science-based advice on adaptation to climate change impacts and land use management. It cooperates with many agencies and universities in the region, providing a knowledge platform of excellence for its partners. WASCAL is funded by BMBF, multilateral and bilateral partners and its 11 West African member countries, namely: Benin, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, The Gambia, Mali, Niger, Nigeria, Senegal and Togo.
WASCAL’s mission is to provide information and knowledge services at the local, national and regional levels to West African member countries to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change. We do this through capacity building support to young West African scholars in fields of climate, natural and social sciences and by delivering climate and environmental services in member countries.

PROGRAMME OFFERED:
MASTER’S REASERCH PROGRAMME (MRP) INFOMATICS FOR CLIMATE CHANGE
The Master Research Programme in Informatics for Climate Change (MRP-INFORMCC) is aimed at training a critical mass of experts with adequate scientific computation and climate data management skills in West Africa.
PROGRAMME DURATION
The time frame for the Master’s programmes is two years. During the first-year students participate in the course programme of their Master Research Programme 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 theses and internships with relevant government ministries, the national meteorological/hydrological agencies or relevant industry during the last three to six months of their study

The 24 months full time programme has the following components:

i) Preparatory phase- 3 months (in Ghana)
ii) Lectures– 15 months -3 semesters at The University Ouaga 1 Pr Joseph KI-ZERBO (UO1-JKZ) iii) Research Proposal preparation – concurrent with (ii) above iv) Internship/Field/Research Work/ Visit to Germany also for Research work – 4 months v) Final Thesis write-up and defence – 2 months ELIGIBILITY:
Candidates applying for Master Research Programme in Informatics for Climate Change (MRP-INFORMCC) must have a minimum BSc degree (second class upper division) or equivalent in Social, Physical and Natural Sciences and Engineering (Computer Science, Physics, Meteorology and Climate science, Geography, Geoscience, Economics, Agriculture, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Engineering, Electrical or Electronic Engineering). Other general requirements include: 1. Citizen of WASCAL member country. 2. Five credits including Mathematics and English Language that are also equivalent to Francophone university grading system. 3. Gender-balanced selection decision. 4. Proficiency in English Language.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS:
The Master Research Programme is a structured programme with English as language of instruction. Therefore, the following are the language requirements: ➢ Credit passes in English language at O/L West African School Certificate Examinations or at baccalaureate. ➢ Pass proficiency test in English language e.g. TOEFL. APPLICATION PROCESS AND

REQUIREMENTS:
The application process is handled jointly by WASCAL and The University Ouaga 1 Pr Joseph KI-ZERBO. Applications are to be submitted online. (a) All applicants are required to download and fill the application form on www.wascal.org/ www.univ-ouaga.bf (b) The following documents are required for the application: project pre-proposal; resume or curriculum vitae; names and e-mail addresses of three (3) referees, one of whom must be your BSc supervisor; test scores for GRE or TOEFL or both; academic transcripts (with their official English translations if the originals are not in English). All applicants are required to submit the completed application form (complete with all attachments in (b) above) by email addressed to:
ed-icc@univ-ouaga.bf copy to : mrp.informcc@gmail.com; capacitybp@wascal.org DEADLINE: All applications must be received by March 29, 2019. Shortlisted candidates will be contacted and invited for interviews. Application guidelines for the 2019/2020 session is available on-line at www.wascal.org / www.univ-ouaga.bf