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08 June 2013

IBiNS opens door to new Trainees for 2013/2014 academic year

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The Institute of Biodiversity and Non-profit Studies (IBiNS), a project of the Environment and Rural Development Foundation (ERuDeF) has begun registering trainees for the 2013/2014 academic year. Contrary to last year which restricted entry qualification to Degree holders, this year, the Executive Committee of the Institute decided to admit High School graduates for HND programs in the Institute. The committee reached this decision after a series of consultative meetings that held in the School's campus from May 22- 25, 2013.

According to the executive Committee of the School, the incorporation of Holders of the Advanced Level and its equivalent into IBiNS is to give undergraduates the opportunity to access the first practice delivery Institution in the Region. The objective is to provide a direct career profile definition and practice for young people, most of who go through the University and still come out wanting. According to the Director of the Institute, Dr. Okolle Justin, having worked with the first batch of trainees for 6 months, many of the trainees regretted that they would have gone a long way in their professional career if they had an opportunity to take up professional courses such as the ones offered in IBiNs, immediately they completed High School. "It was for this reason that the students themselves proposed that Holders of the Advanced Level and other equivalents be given the opportunity to start building their careers in IBiNs" Dr. Okolle hinted.

Another resolution reached by the Executive Committee of the Institute was the introduction of new and more practical courses this academic year. Some of these courses include Wildlife Management, Fundraising and NGO Management, Forestry, Applied Social Science Management, Applied Conservation Management, Ornithology, Environmental Studies, Biometrics (Data Management), Geographical Information Systems, to name these. According to the Founder and one of the board members of the Institute, Louis Nkembi, these practical courses are intended to give trainees the opportunity to explore opportunities in the area of Conservation, Biodiversity Management, Fundraising and NGO Management.

After a series of consultations, the Executive Committee unanimously agreed that Advanced Level, Higher National Diploma (HND), Bachelor Degree (Arts/Sciences), Postgraduate Diplomas and Maitrise/Masters Degree (Arts/Sciences), are eligible entry qualifications for the Institute.

By Bertrand N. Shancho