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The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture 2019-05-27T05:01:29Z
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Pioneer RUFORUM student, Prof Patience Mshenga, appointed to ASARECA Board

59 min 7 sec ago
Prof. Patience Mshenga, one of the pioneer RUFORUM supported PhD graduates, was on May 2nd, 2019 appointed to serve on the Executive Board of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA). ASARECA is an inter-governmental organisation comprised of 12 member countries set up to address the common challenges and opportunities to agricultural research and development through collective action. On the board, Prof. Mshenga will represent higher education... Read More 0

Preparing for work in the potato sector: TAGDev students participate in field attachment at National Potato Council of Kenya

1 hour 4 min ago
For two months, at the tail  end of 2018, three students supported by the TAGDev Potato Community Action Research Project (CARP+) were attached for internship at the National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK) based in Nairobi. They were among the five students of the first cohort of Master of Science in Community Studies and Extension at Egerton University sponsored by the TAGDev Programme coordinated by RUFORUM and funded by the MasterCard Foundation.... Read More 0

[Issue 44] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 10:13
University World News Digital skills demand – A big opportunity for universities (Africa) The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has urged universities and higher technical education institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve their digital skills training programmes to cater for its prediction that over 230 million jobs in the region will need digital skills by 2030.  The study, Digital Skills in Sub-Saharan Africa: Spotlight on Ghana, was produced in cooperation with global strategy... Read More 0

[Issue 43] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Tue, 21/05/2019 - 11:44
University World News Applied universities – A viable path to higher education (Ethiopia) The idea of the applied university is growing as an enticing concept in developed and developing countries alike, offering a vehicle for system differentiation and the production of high-level practical skills.The applied university goes by many names – polytechnic university, university of applied sciences, vocational university, applied technological university – according to what countries think best describes their context.For... Read More 0

[Issue 42] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Tue, 21/05/2019 - 11:41
University World News Using intellectual property to actualise universities’ potential (Africa) Four African universities are among five institutions that have been picked to participate in a continental intellectual property (IP) pilot project, aimed at helping public teaching and research organisations build capacity for developing and implementing institutional IP policy and strategy. The project is being implemented by global IP organisation the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in collaboration with two continental bodies,... Read More 0


Mon, 20/05/2019 - 11:46
Kampala 20 May 2019 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development (AGRINATURA). The signing of the MoU took place during the AGRINATURA Annual General Meeting held at the Agro- Biotech Centre at Gembloux, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, University of Liege, Belgium which took place 15th- 16th May 2019.  Present at the signing were AGRINATURA Member... Read More 0

[Issue 33] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 14:49
The standard Media There is a real difference between earning and getting a PhD (General) The PhD continues to be a scarce qualification even as the Commission for University Education (CUE) insists that all academics teaching in universities must hold one. The PhD is the highest university qualification that can be conferred by a university. At its core, the PhD process assumes that a candidate has thought through and produced original research... Read More 0

Dr. Alice Mweetwa Joins RUFORUM as the Deputy Executive Secretary

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 12:52
Monrovia 26 April 2019 At the RUFORUM 17th Board Executive Meeting held in Monrovia, Liberia from 24th to 25th April 2019, Dr. Alice Mweetwa was appointed and confirmed as the Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Programme Development and Implementation. She will officially commence work on 01 July 2019 and will be based at the RUFORUM Secretariat hosted at Makerere University in Uganda.  Dr. Mweetwa now joins Dr. Florence Nakayiwa who is the... Read More 0

His Excellency George Manneh Weah the President of the Republic of Liberia Meets RUFORUM Delegation in Monrovia

Thu, 25/04/2019 - 22:42
Monrovia 25 April 2019 A delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has today paid a courtesy call to His Excellency George Manneh Weah the President of the Republic of Liberia at his Capitol Hill residence in Monrovia. This meeting comes ahead of the preparations for a symposium on higher education in Liberia scheduled to take place on 26th April 2019 Organised in partnership with the University... Read More 0


Sat, 13/04/2019 - 17:32
Kampala 13 April 2019   The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is an implementing partner for the SENTINEL project. The SENTINEL is an interdisciplinary research project seeking to address the challenge of achieving ‘zero hunger’ in sub-Saharan Africa, while at the same time reducing inequalities and conserving ecosystems with special focus on Ethiopia, Zambia and Ghana. Through this project, RUFORUM will provide 27 PhD research scholarships. RUFORUM is a... Read More 0

Opportunities at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Morocco: PhD, Teaching and Research

Sat, 06/04/2019 - 00:55
9 PhD opportunities for the next generation of agricultural research scientists for Africa. Candidates will work with Cranfield University (UK), Rothamsted Research (UK) and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (Morocco). Deadline: 5 May 2019   Assistant Professor Positions within the Agrobiosciences unit at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Morocco. Deadline: 30 April 2019 Assistant Professor of Agronomy Assistant Professor of Animal Science Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics Assistant Professor of Biosaline Agriculture Assistant Professor... Read More 0

Request for proposal: RUFORUM Information Management System (RIMS) design, supply and installation

Fri, 05/04/2019 - 10:53
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) recently developed a new strategic plan which has led to increased demands in its business operations that require redesigning of its current Information Management System (RIMS). The RUFORUM Vision 2030 (refer to our website) has new programmatic flagship areas established to guide the operation of the RUFORUM Secretariat. This requires a stronger information management system to support the implementation of its Vision... Read More 0

Press release: RUFORUM 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana

Fri, 01/03/2019 - 10:46
Kampala 01 March 2019: The 15th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) will be held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. It will be the first AGM to be hosted in West Africa following RUFORUM’s strategic geographical expansion in 2014 to include Universities in Benin, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Togo, Sierra Leone and Senegal.... Read More 0

Call for proposals – pilot VET mobility scheme

Wed, 27/02/2019 - 16:49
Background The European Commission is launching an exciting new initiative that will enable vocational education and training (VET) colleges in the EU to set up student and staff exchange programmes with colleges in the Western Balkans, Turkey and Africa,. Besides student and staff mobility between colleges, these mobility partnerships will also share good practice in their countries and regions, and create networks and partnerships for exchange. The results? •    Exchange of ideas... Read More 0

RUFORUM honours former Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture, African Union Commission, Her Excellency Rhoda Peace Tumusiime

Mon, 25/02/2019 - 12:53
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity building in Africa (RUFORUM) on Friday 22 February honoured the former Commissioner for Rural Economy and Agriculture at the African Union Commission, Her Excellency Rhoda Peace Tumusiime, for her “Outstanding contribution and leadership in advancing agriculture and agri-business in Africa”.  She was honoured during a courtesy visit to the RUFORUM Secretariat based at Makerere University. Among other career achievements at national, regional and international level, Rhoda... Read More 0

Press Release: Announcing three RUFORUM Grant Recipients for Community Action Research Programmes PLUS (CARP+) 2019

Sun, 24/02/2019 - 22:44
Kampala 25 February 2019. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) a consortium of 105 Universities in 37 Countries in Africa under its Vision 2030 is implementing the TAGDev (, one of the four flagships, that aim at transforming African Agricultural Universities and their graduates to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development. Through this Flagship, Community Action Research Programmes Plus (CARP+) projects are implemented. In October, 2018, RUFORUM... Read More 0

RUFORUM Vacancy: Deputy Executive Secretary, Programme Development & Implementation (DES PD&I)

Fri, 22/02/2019 - 16:51
Deadline: 31 May 2019 Reporting to the Executive Secretary, the Deputy Executive Secretary Programme Development & Implementation is expected to perform the following roles: Lead the implementation of RUFORUM three flagship programmes (TAGDev, RANCH and CREATE) in line with the RUFORUM Vision 2030 Strategy, to ensure their performance relative to the agreed strategic objectives, performance targets and timelines and devising strategies to address deviations Lead the identification and design of new strategic... Read More 0

Two new staff appointments at RUFORUM Secretariat

Thu, 14/02/2019 - 15:59
Kampala 14 February 2019  The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) a consortium of 105 Universities in 37 Countries in Africa is aligning operations for delivery of the Vision 2030. Since 2018, RUFORUM has been recruiting new staff as one of the strategies recommended to achieve its Vision 2030 Strategy. We are pleased to announce the following two new staff appointments at the RUFORUM Secretariat: Dr Florence Nakayiwa (Ugandan)... Read More 0

FAO and RUFORUM link students and local communities for enhancing sustainable agriculture and reducing rural poverty in Africa

Mon, 04/02/2019 - 08:08
In 2018 the Regional Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) implemented the Community-Based Field Attachment Award (CFAPA) program, which was supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for promoting youth support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular, SDG2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. CFAPA program is designed as graduate student placement in rural community to... Read More 0

[Issue 31] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Tue, 22/01/2019 - 18:14
University World News New journal to boost dissemination of African research (Africa) A new African journal is to boost access to research output, particularly for African university academics, through a new peer-reviewed and open access publication that aims to increase intra-African research collaborations across scientific disciplines. The quarterly journal Scientific African is owned and operated by a community of Next Einstein Forum scientists and is published by Elsevier. It was launched last... Read More 0