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The 3-week course aims to create a new generation of plant scientists that are well networked into the international community and understand the importance of innovative plant science in addressing global problems. It shall provide the participants with:
(a) an understanding of the basics of rice production in Asia;
(b) familiarity with the germplasm collection at IRRI and current issues related to germplasm exchange and intellectual property rights;
(c) an appreciation of the research issues of IRRI and its developing partners;
(d) handson skills relating to rice breeding, molecular genetics, and genomics;
(e) an understanding of how to structure effective international collaborations; and
(f) a plan and personal contacts to work effectively as part of the international research community in the future.