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ICART translated from french « International Center for Advanced Research and Training>> Centre de Recherche Avancée et de formation” (CIRAF), is a research center which has been jointly founded by the Evangelical University in Africa (UEA) and Panzi foundation.
ICART aims at providing technical support and promoting training of local researchers. It coordinates and manages international cooperation in the field of research.
Its mission is to strengthen local researchers’ skills by equipping them on how to solve local issues.
To grow within ten years’ time as an outstanding regional research center whose local researchers would be internationally recognized in their application of reliable data for the purpose of solving local problems as well as strengthening researchers’ skills to be transferred to future generations.
Project description and background.
International Center for Advanced Research and Training (ICART) .In 2010, Dr Denis Mukwege received a prize from the University of Michigan for his good deeds of benevolent assistance to victims of sexual violence and those suffering from acute gynecological problems. The University of Michigan has a distant past research background ,in addition, it is regularly ranked as one of the top-notch research universities across the globe. During Dr Mukwege’s visit to the University of Michigan and previous visits in Bukavu by members of the University of Michigan the agreement has been reached for partnership in order to set up a research center.The success of such initiative also depends on a local university with an effective research mandate which must also be a key partner. The Evangelical University in Africa (UEA)has been set up in 1991.Under the supervision of the current Rector Professor Gustave Mushagalusa , a new building was built in 2011 with the capacity of welcoming more than 800 students in the vicinity of Panzi hospital.UEA students perform their practical assignments and internships at Panzi hospital and take part in research activities conducted by professors and scholars from other local and international universities. A large number of academic staff at UEA faculty of medicine are physicians working at Panzi hospital. One of UEA major objectives is to enhance students’ research skills and provide them additional knowledge how research is carried out. The goal of Panzi Foundation DRC and UEA is to strengthen research skills . An agreement was made that the research center would be a joint initiative between these two organizations. The University of Michigan has played a vital role through technical and consultative support in close collaboration with these two organizations in order to set up a research center but also insuring appropriation and good governance to Panzi Foundation DRC and UEA.
ICART also organizes training programs for local researchers in how to apply research methods ,items on human research and ethics, data collection analysis and management ,scientific writing and presentations as well as publication skills.
This would help to find out how the administrative and academic staff working at Panzi Foundation ,General Panzi Hospital and the Evangelical University in Africa acquire valuable skills to become effective advocates and leaders of international research community in order to satisfy the needs of DR CONGO and prepare its future. They will utilize acquired knowledge through their research on the most effective programs and policies .Therefore, this could lead to a highest global change ,development and betterment of all congolese living conditions.
Currently, ICART’s activities are carried out at Panzi Foundation’s premises , precisely at Maison Dorcas III located at Mushununu (Panzi) in the city of Bukavu , Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo.