Hayka: rich study visit for the Malagasy delegation

From May 27 to 31, 2024, a delegation from Madagascar made a study visit to the University of Montpellier as part of the Hayka project. It was an opportunity for rich exchanges between doctoral school directors, teacher-researchers and administrative or technical staff.  

A thirty-strong delegation of doctoral school directors, administrative and technical staff and teacher-researchers from Madagascar were in Montpellier for a one-week study visit. The aim was to exchange best practices and consider ways of enhancing the quality of doctoral training in Madagascar as part of the Hayka project. Welcomed by President Philippe Augé at the start of the week, she was accompanied by Montpellier's Marc Bouvy, Hayka's pedagogical and scientific coordinator, and Elliott Cholet, project manager.

A total of nine doctoral schools in Madagascar are involved in Hayka. Funded by the European Union's Erasmus + program, coordinated by the University of Montpellier and run in collaboration with six Madagascan universities, the University of Mons in Belgium and the Institut de Research pour le Développement (IRD), this collaborative program (2023-2025) aims to improve cross-disciplinary training and develop the employability of doctoral students in Madagascar.

Throughout the week, numerous conferences were held, notably on doctoral supervision and career paths at the University of Montpellier, as well as round-table discussions, visits to university sites and departments (Pôle Chimie Balard, DRI, collège doctoral, DIPA...) and laboratories (Lirmm). As well as individual meetings between colleagues from Montpellier and Madagascar. Beyond the Hayka project, this could contribute to future collaborations.