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Proposing student support model for postgraduate research education

Tashfeen Ahmad (University Office of Planning, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica)

World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development

ISSN: 2042-5961

Article publication date: 10 September 2020




Many start pursuing graduate or postgraduate research based education, however few complete on time. The purpose of this paper is to conceptualize a postgraduate student support model which will facilitate students to complete their studies successfully and on time.


The model was designed using authors viewpoint on this issue which was informed by literature and first-hand interactions with post graduate students and supervisors.


Ahmad's Student Support Model for Postgraduate Research Training proposes that students need support on three major dimension (Financial, Technical and Publishing) to complete degree on time. University and supervisor play critical role in this as they provide administrative and emotional support as they create learning environment for students. The model illustrates their role.


The model is useful for universities to ensure they provide students with all elements proposed. New supervisors can get ideas how to play their role in facilitating students to complete their degrees on time. Students can evaluate an institution before enrolling in research education if the institution has the elements proposed in the model.



Ahmad, T. (2020), "Proposing student support model for postgraduate research education", World Journal of Entrepreneurship, Management and Sustainable Development, Vol. 17 No. 1, pp. 125-139.



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