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The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture 2017-07-21T14:26:49Z
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RUFORUM in new partnership with IIED and UK universities to study Development trade-offs in African agriculture

Fri, 21/07/2017 - 16:31
Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL) is one of 37 projects that will be supported by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) of the Research Councils UK Collective Fund launched today to address challenges in fields such as health, humanitarian crises, conflict, the environment, the economy and technology. Led by the International Institute of Environment and Development (IIED), the SENTINEL Project will be jointly implemented by experts from the UK... Read More 0

Apply Now: MSc Programs in Engineering and Technology of Oil and Gas-2017

Fri, 21/07/2017 - 11:57
Center of Studies in Oil and Gas Engineering and Technology (CS-OGET) Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Maputo-Mozambique MSc Programs in Oil and Gas 2017 Announcement, 2017  ABOUT THE CS-OGET The Rovume Basin, shared by Mozambique and Tanzania, holds one of the largest reserves of natural gas in the world, still unexploited. In order to improve the exploitation cabability of such resources, the Government of Mozambique, oil companies and other stakeholders have invested on training... Read More 0

African Union Commission Chair calls for the escalation of science, technology innovation in agriculture to stimulate an ‘African renaissance’

Fri, 14/07/2017 - 23:26
A delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) met with His Excellency Moussa Faki Mahamat, the Chairperson of African Union Commission (AUC) on Friday 14 July, 2017 in Addis Ababa. The meeting discussed implementation strategies for the AU Agenda 2063, which recognises the need for the integration of science, technology and innovation for development. The meeting also noted the need for a focused continent wide program to... Read More 0

Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint

Thu, 13/07/2017 - 12:11
Three and a half years ago, Harriet Kayompatho was a jobless sociology graduate, restless with the ambition of owning a successful business and yet with little more than forty dollars to her name. Tired of being jobless for three years, she went to Enterprise Uganda in search of a solution. Her face brightened with relief when she was told that the 150,000 Uganda shillings ($42) she had was enough to start up... Read More 0

AFRICA ON THE MOVE: The role of universities in transforming Africa’s agricultural sector

Thu, 13/07/2017 - 11:29
By Charles Owuor, RUFORUM According to Brookings foresight for Africa’s agriculture, food production in Sub-Saharan Africa needs to increase by 60% in the next 15 years to adequately meet the future demands of the continent’s skyrocketing population. To achieve this feat, there is growing consensus that investments should be made in strategic sectoral areas to create synergy and cause major technological breakthroughs and transformation of the agricultural sector. Secondly, African national governments... Read More 0

Dr. Elizabeth Kizito wins the 2017 Science by Women Award

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 17:39
Dr. Elizabeth Balyejusa Kizito, a Senior Lecturer at Uganda Christian University has won the ‘Science by Women, 2017’ Award. The award entails a six month fellowship funded by Fundacio Mujeres por Africa (Women for Africa Foundation). During the fellowship, she will be hosted by the Centre for Genomic Regulation in Barcelona and work with the genomics and the bioinformatics units headed by Dr. Jochen Hecht and Dr. Julia Ponomarenko respectively. “I believe... Read More 0

RUFORUM Vision 2030: Botswana Consultative Meetings

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 16:45
Duration:  25th July-3rd August   Venue: Aquarian Tide Hotel, Gaborone, Botswana RUFORUM is currently implementing its 2015-2020 Strategic Business Plan. The current strategic plan recognises the need for RUFORUM to strategically evolve into an established organization ready to serve a wider mandate in relation to the vision of the Africa Union Commission (AUC) for agricultural higher education, science, technology and innovation on the continent. In this context, trends indicate that the higher... Read More 0

Egerton University students to benefit from Sh2.7bn MasterCard grant

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 08:10
By FRANCIS MUREITHI Summary Egerton University in Kenya and Gulu University in Uganda will be the main beneficiaries of the project. The scholarships, which kicked off last year, will run for eight years before ending in 2024. The project aims to help beneficiaries acquire skills in agricultural value chain, entrepreneurship and community-based research. The MasterCard Foundation has set aside Sh2.7 billion to award scholarships to university students in Kenya and Uganda as... Read More 0

African Higher Education Insights: RUFORUM Quarterly Newsletter Issue one

Fri, 07/07/2017 - 07:32
AFRICAN HIGHER EDUCATION INSIGHTS – No.1| APRIL – JUNE 2017 FEATURED STORIES Perspectives: The role of universities in transforming Africa’s agricultural sector. Farmers’ Voice: Norah Asio Ebukalin, an illustrious farmer and community mobilizer. Entrepreneurship: Charles Ocici – Entrepreneurship is a marathon, not a sprint. Regional feature: Gender Equity in Agricultural Research and Development. Profiles: RUFORUM Network members creating impact. Click here to download a copy of the RUFORUM Quarterly NewsletterFiled under: Publications,... Read More 0

Twenty-five RUFORUM Network Universities among top 100 ranked African Universities

Fri, 30/06/2017 - 23:56
We are pleased to share with you the ranking of our member universities for the first half of the year 2017. Among the 66 member universities, Stellenbosch University was ranked highest (2nd position after the University of Cape Town) followed by University of Pretoria (4th), University of KwaZulu Natal (5th), Cairo University (6th), University of Nairobi (8th) and Makerere University (11th). Only 25 of the 66 RUFORUM universities were ranked among the... Read More 0

Africa agriculture pioneer wins 2017 World Food Prize

Wed, 28/06/2017 - 07:21
  In Summary Dr Akinwumi Adesina wins the 2017 World Food Prize. Dr Adesina said providing millions of farmers with seeds and fertilisers was vital to boost development. He added that 98 per cent of the world’s 800 million undernourished people live in Africa. “For me, the award is not just about recognition for me, it is also about putting the wind behind the sails of what still needs to be done... Read More 0

Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf receives Delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture to discuss high level skills development in Africa

Tue, 27/06/2017 - 08:02
A delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) visited Liberia 14-16 June 2017. Facilitated by the Counsel General of Liberia to Uganda, Dr. Thelma Awori, the purpose of the visit was to meet with leaders of key research and tertiary education institutions in Liberia and to dialogue with key government ministries on building high level skills to support agricultural led growth in Liberia. The high level delegation... Read More 0

RUFORUM, AWARD drills female mid-career professionals

Thu, 22/06/2017 - 09:45
By: Patricia Ngwale Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in agriculture (RUFORUM) and African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) organized a four-day leadership training for female mid-level and senior managers from government departments, public universities and other statutory corporations. The training which took place in Lilongwe at Ufulu Gardens from 19th to 22nd June 2017 saw 35 participants being equipped with critical factors for women’s professional growth and advancement which... Read More 0

President Sirleaf Meets High-level Delegation from Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)

Wed, 21/06/2017 - 09:15
Monrovia, Liberia: President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf on Friday last week received a high-level delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at her Foreign Ministry Office in Monrovia. The RUFORUM Delegation was accompanied by Education Minister, George K. Werner who was also joined by the Ministers of Youths and Sports as well as Commerce and Industry. According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf informed the group that... Read More 0

Call for PhD Applications: Opportunities in Oil Field Chemicals Research, Petroleum and Environmental Studies

Mon, 19/06/2017 - 13:05
PhD Training Opportunities in Oil Field Chemicals Research, Petroleum and Environmental Studies at University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 66 universities operating in 26 African countries across the African continent is working in partnership with its member universities to support rebuilding of university staff capacity in order to meet the escalating demand for qualified staff to teach and conduct quality... Read More 0

JOB OPPORTUNITY AT RUFORUM: MANAGER, INFORMATION & TECHNOLOGY (Ref: RUF/JOB/20/6/17)

Mon, 19/06/2017 - 12:26
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a consortium of 66 universities in 26 countries in Africa whose mission is to strengthen the capacities of universities to foster innovations responsive to demands of small-holder farmers and value chains through the training of high quality researchers, the output of impact oriented research and the maintenance of collaborative working relations among researchers, farmers, national agricultural research institutions and governments. RUFORUM... Read More 0

Call for PhD Studies at the African Center of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development (ACEESD)

Mon, 19/06/2017 - 12:16
The African Center of Excellence in Energy for Sustainable Development (ACEESD) is an approved ACE II project center of excellence envisioned to address key economic challenges resulting from low rural energy access, poor adoption of energy technologies in rural areas, and poor inter-state energy trading in the Eastern and Southern Africa region. The ACE II project is a partnership between the World Bank and the Rwandan Government to strengthen selected institutions of... Read More 0

Enhancing regional collaboration among RUFORUM member universities through staff exchanges

Sat, 17/06/2017 - 09:14
As part of its efforts to strengthen regional collaboration and integration among universities in Africa, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) facilitated three staff exchanges from Eastern, Western and Central Africa to Makerere University in Uganda. RUFORUM, a consortium of 66 universities operating in 26 African countries sees staff exchanges as an opportunity for its members to share human and infrastructural capacity in order to build strong faculty... Read More 0

A staff exchange experience at Makerere University: recollection and reflection

Sat, 17/06/2017 - 09:03
By Professor Emmanuel Tanyi, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Buea, Cameroon I recently participated in a Staff Exchange Programme at Makerere University from 20th to 27th April 2017. The short visit was memorable for its intensity of activities and exchanges with professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. This story is my recollection of the highlights of the visit and my reflection on the need for continent-wide staff exchanges... Read More 0

My experience as a mobility student at Makerere University

Sat, 17/06/2017 - 01:40
Growing up in rural Western Kenya, I often heard people talking about great universities in East Africa like the University of Nairobi, Makerere University and University of Dar es Salaam. Makerere University, in particular, stood out for me as many of the African nationalists, back then, had gone through it. My father too, though not highly educated, spoke highly of the institution. It never crossed my mind, however, that one day I... Read More 0

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