Gorongosa National Park launches Master’s in Conservation Biology

August 19, 2018

Thursday, April 19, 2018


Gorongosa Park and an education consortium that includes the Universidade Zambeze, Universidade Lúrio, and Instituto Superior Politécnico de Manica ("BioEducação” Consortium) created this Master’s in Conservation Biology, a two-year curriculum taught entirely inside Gorongosa National Park. The program will provide a solid background in conservation biology, ecology and environmental management. The “BioEducação” Consortium is a partner with the University of Lisbon in Portugal and is supported by funds from the “Fundo de Desenvolvimento Institucional” and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute of Science Education in the USA.


BioEducação Consortium: Universidade Lúrio, Universidade Zambeze, Instituto Superior Politécnico de Manica and Gorongosa National Park Conservation Biology Master’s Program


The Master’s cohort is made up of 12 students: five women and seven men. The program lasts 22 months and will provide the students with a critical and conceptually sophisticated understanding of conservation biology, as well as practical experiences that will prepare the students to be able to make a difference in the conservation areas in Mozambique.


This master’s program, considered to be one of the first master’s programs of its kind to be taught completely within a conservation area, will provide students with the opportunity to apply the knowledge, skills and attitudes that they develop throughout the course, will put the students into the context of research development, will enable the students to create links between theoretical and practical knowledge, and will give the students the opportunity to solve real-life technical problems.


We are honored to welcome these students and congratulate them on their dedication, and we encourage them to continue to work for conservation in Mozambique and beyond.

The Gorongosa Project seeks to integrate conservation and human development with the understanding that a healthy ecosystem will benefit human beings, whom, in exchange, will feel motivated to support the objectives of Gorongosa National Park.


Scientific investigation is an integral part of the long-term plan to restore the Gorongosa ecosystem, since a profound understanding of the Gorongosa ecosystem will help park management to make better management decisions.


The E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Laboratory was inaugurated in March of 2014 and has placed Gorongosa as one of the most advanced research centers in Southern Africa. The laboratory has attracted national, regional and international attention, and scientists from various institutions have been conducting research in the park:


University Eduardo Mondlane and University of Lúrio in Mozambique, the University of Coimbra in Portugal, and Harvard University and Princeton University in the USA. 


One of the most important roles of the laboratory is to build the capacity of the next generation of Mozambican scientists at the park and to send them to universities so they can continue their studies. Some of the Mozambican youth from the neighbouring communities of the Park or technical schools in the central region that receive partial or full financial assistance have already started studying at universities and technical institutes and will be future veterinarians, ecologists and laboratory technicians.


If you would like to receive more information about our program or schedule an interview with someone involved in the program, please contact Vasco Galante by phone (+258 82 297 0010) or email (vasco@gorongosa.net). 


For general information, please visit our website at www.gorongosa.org 



Ministério da Ciência e Tecnologia, ENsino Superior e Técnico Profissional


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