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The tropics, historically seen as lagging temperate zones, are now growing faster
than the rest of the world, both in terms of population and of gross domestic product.
Traditional tropical knowledge needs to be adapted to the new environment, which
requires a substantial improvement in managerial abilities and governance practices.
Many developing nations in the tropics are thus looking for best practice tropical
knowledge and innovation appropriate to their economies.
Opportunity exists for university, research institutions, not-for-profit entities,
industry and key economic and business agencies to collaborate to form stronger
strategic alliances and to develop a clear framework for mutual knowledge
applicable to diverse local conditions.
Coordinated responses to major opportunities and service solutions can be
delivered to Governments internationally as a result of closer working relationships
between tropical businesses and industry, on the one hand, and academic and
research institutions, on the other.
> The Tropics covers only 40% of
the world’s surface area, but hosts
approximately 80% of its terrestrial
biodiversity Developing a tropical knowledge is
the key to greater diversification and
it can be achieved by building the
relationships required, packaging up
tropical knowledge and solutions to
meet the demands of tropical regions.
> The tropical world’s economy is
growing 20% faster than the Rest of
the World and many tropical nations
are important contributors to world
trade, politics and innovation
> The Tropics is home to 40% of the
world’s population, and 55% of the
world’s children under the age of
five years old
> By 2050, some 50% of the world’s
population and close to 60% of the
world’s children are expected to
reside in the Tropics.
onsistent with rapid economic
growth since 1980 the Tropics’
share of global energy generation
has more than doubled, from 7%
to 15%. The Tropics produces 23%
of global renewable energy, mostly
through hydroelectricity generation.
> The Tropics has outperformed
the Rest of the World in terms of
economic growth over the past
30 years. The Tropics is now
estimated to represent 18.7% of
global economic activity, up from
14.5% in 1980.
* stateofthetropics.org
Tropical knowledge and expertise
encompasses a vast range of
sectors including tropical health,
education, agriculture, biotechnology,
agribusiness and governance.
Tropical Knowledge will diversify
the economy and drive productivity
in existing industries including tourism,
manufacturing and professional
services. It will also boost productivity
and innovation. TropiKMan PhD
TropiKMan links natural and environmental sciences with management. The aim of the TropiKMan
Programme is to give PhD students in agrobiotechonology, health sciences and agribusiness and
governance for development an entrepreneurial attitude, it also provides an opportunity for inventors,
innovators and businesses to showcase their inventive and innovative ideas, projects and processes to
potential investors, mentors, government officials and the public.
TropiKMan aims at bridging knowledge of several disciplines to tackle scientific problems in tropical
regions with management perspective and train students with innovative and entrepreneurial attitudes.
It is an opportunity for applicants to realize the potential commercial value of their knowledge, invention
or innovation and contribute to the export and employment potential of the tropical regions. Benefits of a Tropical Knowledge
and Management
What can a Tropikman Phd expect?
1. P
romote the capture and sharing of tropical knowledge
across the world > Diversify management base
trengthen existing capacity and capability
2. Support increased economic resilience and diversification
> Improve productivity
3. Improve innovation
aximise networking and innovation and
osition (Angola, Brazil, Cabo Verde, Mozambique, etc)
4. D
rive export of tropical knowledge and products, including
natural resource management services, tropical health
service delivery for remote areas, agriculture and
agribusiness, and governance for developement >B
ring multiple benefits across a range of sectors:
5. Drive tropical knowledge relationships across the regions
uild knowledge, training and skills facilitation,
6. D
eliver tangible benefits from commercialization of
products, ideas, knowledge and concepts
as world leaders in tropical knowledge and innovation
health, energy, etc
increasing the available skilled workforce PROGRAM STRUCTURE
Required courses
Specialization Courses
Personal Development
Thesis with specialization
on one of the following areas:
Visit at least 2 labs/groups
Agribusiness and Governance
for Development
Choose a topic
for the PhD Project
Health Sciences
Nova Doctoral School Annual Retreat
Thesis Advisory Committe
TropiKMan is organized in 4 years (240ECTS), awarding the PhD title in Tropical Knowledge and Management, in 3 possible headings:
Agribusiness and Governance for Development, Agrobiotechnology or Health Sciences.
In the 1st semester, students, to whom a coach is appointed, will take core interdisciplinary courses - REQUIRED COURSES (15ECTS),
introducing the group to the Doctoral Program context, and leveling their background, to be acquired in a modular structure, each module
ending in with an evaluation. Still in the first semester, students will tailor their DP with the coaches’ assistance, attending 6ECTS from NOVA
DOCTORAL SCHOOL and 9ECTS from SPECIALIZATION COURSES-SC, the choice of the latter leading to the PhD specialization.
(15 ECTS)
1. African Development Successes: history and prospect
2. Science and Business for Development and North-SouthSouth Triangular Cooperation (3ECTS)
3. Neglected Tropical Diseases (3ECTS)
4. Trends in Agronomics and Environment for Tropical
Regions (3ECTS)
5. Agribusiness Economics and Management (3ECTS)
Complementary and transferable activities to support
personal and professional development
> Entrepreneurship and innovation
> Research ethics
> Research skills development
(9 ECTS)
Three courses from Specialization Courses must be
attended. It is possible to attend more, that being mentioned
in the Diploma supplement. To allow the students to tailor
their academic diploma but guaranteeing the coherence
of the courses, groups of SC are offered to be chosen by
> Agribusiness and Governance for Development
> Agrobiotechnology
> Health Sciences
In the end of the 1st semester, coach and student will plan lab/
group ROTATIONS (ROT) (20ECTS), starting at the 2nd semester.
Heads of Research groups from the International Consortium
will inform the Executive Council of their availability to host ROTs
and a list of available ROTs will be provided. Each student will
visit at least 2 labs/groups during this period, for 2 months each.
By the end of the 1st year, the student will choose a group and a
topic for the PhD PROJECT.
The onset of the 2nd year coincides with the start of the THESIS
(180ECTS), which will take 3 years, and will be examined
annually by the Thesis Advisory Committee, to evaluate
achievements, verify adequacy of the designed plan and remove
bottlenecks. During the THESIS, students are urged to attend
at least 12 seminars per year, attend and present their works
in international conferences, and also publish their results in
international journals with referees. Moreover, students must
attend one NDS Annual Retreat (5ECTS), where they should
present their PhD project progresses. On DP end, a dissertation
will be elaborated and discussed by a jury. The whole DP should
be attended in full time dedication.
Who can apply
1. Highly motivated students from natural, environment,
life, health, economics, management, history and
other sciences, from around the world, specially from
Portuguese speaking and Southern African countries, who
want a collaborative environment to pursue their research
on Agrobiotechnology, Health Sciences, ou Agribusiness
and Governance for development, in Tropical or European
countries, provided they fulfill minimum academic criteria.
2. Entreprenuers who want to upgrade or extend their
business to African countries and other tropical regions.
3. Professionals who wish to pursue careers involving
triangular North-South-South cooperation and global
development issues.
Overall, this program is of particular interest for candidates
who seek to deepen their understanding on the specificities of
tropical knowledge and management in the context of NorthSouth and South-South relations.
Admission criteria
Applications are selected on evidence of a proper degree
of scholarly ability, motivation to complete a challenging
academic program and consistent career objectives with the
DP subject. Qualified students from any discipline may be
considered for admission. In detail, the minimum academic/
professional qualifications needed for a student to be enrolled
into the program are:
a) A Bologna’s 2nd cycle degree from an accredited institution
or legal equivalent
b) Another degree plus a highly relevant academic and
professional curriculum
c) Proven English proficiency is mandatory
TropiKMan PhD is an Informal International Consortium (IC) joint by the Tropical Research Institute (IICT) to manage the Program.
The IC gathers the following institutions:
1. Instituto de Investigação Científica Tropical was established in
1883, and has accumulated historical and scientific collections
and a long experience in multi-disciplinary research for
development. So as to bridge the gap from science for
development to business for development, IICT co-directs
Sharing Knowledge Agrifood Network (SKAN), with INOVISA
(the entrepreneurial unit of Instituto Superior de Agronomia),
as is a shareholder of IBET, a public-private partnership
of UNL, and the Gulbenkian Foundation. It has skilled and
experienced groups developing research in food security and
safety, climate-smart agriculture, and biodiversity.
2. Nova School of Business and Economics, as the leading
institution, which is Triple Crown accredited and a CEMS
member school. The expertise of NovaSBE in high rated postgraduation programs with high records in tropical research
and cooperation programs by the partners, ensuring the best
combination for a successfully PD. NovaSBE was the 1st higher
education institution in Portugal to introduce structured PhD
programs, in the tradition developed by the best American
universities. In management advanced education, the school
launched the first MBA in Portugal, constantly ranked one of
the best MBA programs in Europe. Faculty at NovaSBE has
a well-established academic record, publishing regularly in
outstanding referred journals in the areas of the PhD program.
3. I nstituto de Higiene e Medicina Tropical (IHMT) is targeted
for the tropics. With more than 100-years existence, is
characterized by its post-graduate training, research and
cooperation towards developing the scientific knowledge of
tropical and inter-tropical health related issues. The goal is
to exploring new themes and specializations, which are vital
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in today’s global society. IMHT cooperates with education
institutions from the Portuguese-speaking countries, World
Health Organization, European Union or the World Bank.
4. African University Eduardo Mondlane (UEM), which is the
most prestigious university in Mozambique and holds long
term relations with IICT namely consubstantiate in the joint
Biotechnology Masters and in the in preparation Masters in Post
Harvesting Sciences. UEM is engaged in collaborative research
and strategic partnership with international institutions that
work for development, and universities all over the world.
5. U
niversity of Pretoria (UP) aims at developing international
visibility and recognition in areas of importance to developing
countries, especially those of Africa and in the global South,
such as animal and human health and education. It joins the
IC via its department of Veterinary and Tropical Diseases.
6. T
he University of Cape Verde (Uni-CV) is a center for creation,
dissemination and promotion of culture, science and
technology, in order to promote human development, as a
strategic factor of sustainable development. Uni-CV pursues,
among others, the following purposes:
> Promote entrepreneurship of Cape Verdean society,
contributing to the training of human resources in priority
areas of development;
> Develop scientific, technical and cultural exchange with
local and foreign research and higher education institutions;
> Contribute to the development of international cooperation
particularly in the fields of education and knowledge, science
and technology.
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