The genesis of the present day CIDT goes back two decades before the University of Wolverhampton itself. From teacher training in Agricultural colleges in the 1960s and vocational training of overseas agricultural teachers in the 1970s, an overseas unit of the Wolverhampton Technical Teacher’s College emerged. The commission of in-depth study programmes in the UK, by the Overseas Development UNIT of the UK (ODA) marked the start of today’s CIDT. The Unit trained over 700 overseas agricultural teachers and, during these early years, carried out its first overseas assignments providing technical assistance. By the end of the 1970s, it was a small but effective team with a growing track record and reputation for excellence in technical training in agriculture.