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Kenyan Professor heads board for Fisheries PhD course at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 16:22
Professor Ruth Otunga from the University of Eldoret in Kenya has been elected first board chairperson for the regional PhD programme in Aquaculture and Fisheries hosted at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources following the Regional Academic Advisory Board Meeting held at Crossroads Hotel in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. LUANAR […] 0

UNIVEN Partners With RUFORUM to Respond to challenges in the realm of Agriculture

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 11:47
A delegation led by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Venda, Prof Peter Mbati, comprising of the Dean of the School of Agriculture, Prof Godwin Mchau, the Director International Relations, Cornelius Hagenmeier and Director Communications and Marketing, Takalani Dzaga successfully accomplished its mission of strengthening the relationship between the University and the Regional […] 0

Hydric soils: A new dimension to stemming wetland degradation

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 08:53
By Botle Mapeshoane, National University of Lesotho, Soil Science and Resource Conservation Department The state of global wetlands is generally deteriorating and the mountain wetland ecosystems of Lesotho are no different.  Lesotho’s mountain ecosystem occupies the highest part of the Drakensberg Escarpment between 2400m and 3482m above sea level and are primarily used for summer […] 0

The shea fruit: a green gift to mankind

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 08:42
By Ruth Napio, Msc Food Science and Technology, Makerere University Back when I was a little girl, and well into my teenage years, my favourite petroleum jelly was always the one labelled “enriched with shea butter”. Though I liked the product, it was imported and costly. I had no idea that the treasured shea butter […] 0

Development of human capital key limitation for achieving African vision

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 14:57
Education, and particularly higher education is no longer only for the elite but a necessity for development! These remarks were made by Dr. Musafiri Malimba Papias, Minister of Education, Rwanda at the opening of a side event organised by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the African Union Commission on […] 0

How a farmer group moved from seed multiplication to value addition: The case of cassava composite porridge

Tue, 14/06/2016 - 11:53
By Rebecca Mukebezi and Settumba Mukasa, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Makerere University Most farmers perceive cassava as a famine reserve crop that is mainly grown for food security during periods of prolonged drought. As such, they rarely add value to the crop which makes them incur huge losses especially when there is a […] 0

African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology receives RUFORUM Recognition Award

Tue, 14/06/2016 - 10:39
His Excellency Dr. Martial De Ikounga, the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology was recognised by RUFORUM for “his commitment and outstanding leadership in the development and implementation of national and continental-wide functional frameworks for Science, Technology & Innovation in Africa”. This event took place during the seventh Forum for Agricultural Research […] 0

Apply Now: Australia Awards ACIAR John Allwright Fellowship applications for 2017 intake

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 16:56
Applications for the JAF 2017 intake will open on Sunday 1 May 2016 at 09:00am Australia Eastern Standard Time and close on Sunday 31 July 2016 at midnight Australia Eastern Standard Time. Applying online Go to the Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS) at The first step is for the applicant to register in […] 0

Apply Now: Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 21:51
Deadline for submissions is 30th July, 2016 The Young African entrepreneurs deserve every opportunity to be supported to succeed in their business ventures; they also deserve the opportunity to be heard, exposed and supported to increase their social capital and network horizon. RUFORUM invites young (<40 years) African entrepreneurs and incubatees, to compete for 10 […] 0

Varsity launches farm attachment for agro-students

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 18:37
In Summary The programme that was officially launched at Njoro Campus by Nakuru and Baringo Counties Executive in-charge of Agriculture this week has been ongoing on a pilot basis for the last two years. Though all students are supposed to go for field attachment as a course requirement, this programme is intense as students partly […] 0

Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius to address the RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week in Cape Town South as part of joint efforts to strengthen Higher Education, Science,...

Fri, 27/05/2016 - 17:07
Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the President of the Republic of Mauritius will address African Vice Chancellors, Principals, Deans, Graduate Students and other higher education stakeholders at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week to be held 17-21 October, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. This was confirmed by Her Excellency during […] 0

Maths and science are the keys to unlocking Africa&#8217;s potential

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 07:00
Neil Turok, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Angelina Lutambi was born into a peasant family in Tanzania’s Dodoma region, where HIV/AIDS has decimated much of the population. Her future could easily have been bleak – but Angelina had a keen aptitude for maths. She financed her own schooling by selling cold drinks with her siblings […] 0

First Announcement: Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference, 2016

Fri, 20/05/2016 - 12:34
Dates: 17 – 21 October 2016 | Venue: Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa It gives us great pleasure as the Organising Committee, to invite you to the FIFTH RUFORUM BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2016 also known as the ‘African Higher Education Week’ to take place 17 – 21 October 2016 at the Century City […] 0

African Union Research Grants II Open Call for Proposals 2016 Edition

Fri, 20/05/2016 - 10:13
The African Union Commission launches Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for proposals for Research and Innovation in Africa supported by the European Union. This call for proposal supports Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy-2024 which addresses the aspirations identified under Agenda 2063 and Priority 3 on Human […] 0

Best 15 African universities in 2016

Thu, 19/05/2016 - 11:54
By Samuel Hinneh Speed read Out of 800 top universities worldwide, only 15 in Africa make the cut The universities were rated based on indicators such as research and innovation Experts say that partnerships are key to being among the best being best Five of the 15 top most ranked are members of the RUFORUM […] 0

Call for Nominations: Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 15:45
Deadline: No later than Wednesday 1 June 2016. This annual prize, named after the TWAS Fellow Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi, will recognize women scientists from Scientifically and Technologically (ST-) lagging countries. It carries a cash award of USD4,000 generously provided by Professor Al-Kharafi and will rotate among various fields of science. The first recipient of the […] 0

Apply Now: Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP)

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 15:04
The CADFP is currently accepting Project Requests until July 5, 2016 Faculty of accredited public or private higher education institutions in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda apply to the Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) by using the online project request. Log in to the online project request to apply Eligible types […] 0

Application for PhD Studentship under the DELTAS Africa Learning Research Programme

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 14:48
The Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine (LSTM) in partnership and Alliance for Accelerating Excellence in Science in Africa (AESA), are calling for applications for the PhD Studentship offered under the DELTAS Africa Learning Research Programme. The DELTAS Learning Research Programme (LRP) is co-funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Department for International Development (DFID), and implemented by […] 0

Mak holds meeting to validate University &#8211; Industry stakeholder engagement guidelines under the PASUFONS project funded by EU-ACP EDULINK II Program

Fri, 13/05/2016 - 13:49
Makerere University has held a consultative meeting to validate the proposed methodologies for university-industry interaction. The meeting was held on 29th April, 2016, at Royal Suites Hotel, Bugolobi in Kampala Uganda. Makerere University in partnership with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Stellenbosch University received a grant from EU-ACP EDULINK II program to implement a […] 0

Announcing the STIAS Iso Lomso Fellowship Programme: Apply Now

Thu, 05/05/2016 - 11:12
Application deadline:Wednesday, 25 May 2016 Iso Lomso Fellowships provide an exceptional early career opportunity for Africa’s brightest minds in academia. Fellows will enjoy: a three-year attachment to STIAS during which time they may spend a total of ten months in residence at STIAS to develop and pursue a long-term research programme; the possibility of a […] 0