Professional Development Seminar by Patrice Adegbola (Center for Agricultural Research, Benin)

30th Nov, 201516:48:10 PM GMT

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. On November 24, 2015, ASE welcomed Mr. Patrice Adegbola, Agriculture Economist at the Center for Agricultural Research (Benin), to present his professional experiences. Mr. Adegbola obtained his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Abomey Calavi (UAC) and has twenty- eight years of experience working in agricultural research. After presenting an overview of his professional experience, he advised ASE students on pursuing a career in research.

First, he emphasized the importance of having a Master’s degree or a Ph.D. in a particular research domain. For example, Mr. Adegbola completed his Master’s degree in Canada at the University of Laval, Quebec. After completing this degree, he participated in a mathematical program that allowed him to study the impact of new technologies in agriculture in order to influence government decision-making. He later obtained his Ph.D. in 2006, which allowed him to work in the domains of modelling and competitive analyses of the impact of new agricultural technologies.

Patrice Adegbola also underlined the importance of having both a strong theoretical background as well as experience in practical coursework. He said that in African universities, there are limited opportunities to take practical courses, which is why he advised students to enroll in Ph.D. programs in North America. For example, in many North American universities, students’ practical courses require a theoretical background.

After his presentation, ASE students asked several questions relating to his career, such as his greatest accomplishment, any additional advice he would give to students, and tips for internship applications.

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