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Meet RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Beneficiaries

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 15:18
Since the official launch of its Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) programme in 2014, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has facilitated the placement of over 65 academic staff from across Africa on PhD programmes within the continent.  RUFORUM, in collaboration with its member universities, is committed to contributing to the wider objectives of increasing access and quality of post graduate programmes in Africa. To this end, the Vice... Read More 0

Call for articles: Nature & Faune journal

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 12:03
Deadline for submitting manuscripts for the next issue is 1 December 2017. Theme: Creating a forest landscape restoration movement in Africa: a call to heal planet Earth Aim and scope of Nature & Faune: Nature & Faune is a broad multidisciplinary publication on topics that are critical for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. It is a peer-reviewed, open access, international and bilingual (English and French) publication of the FAO Regional Office for... Read More 0

Apply Now: Australia Awards – Africa Short Courses

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 07:53
Applications for the 2018 intake, open from 1 September 2017 – 15 January 2018 Australia Awards – Africa Short Courses Australia Awards – Africa Short Courses provide short-term training opportunities for African professionals in specialised fields. The objective of the Australia Awards – Africa Short Courses is to develop the capacity and leadership skills of Africans so they can contribute more effectively to development in their home countries. Course duration range between... Read More 0

STIAS Iso Lomso Call for Applications 2017 Now Open: Apply Now

Thu, 07/09/2017 - 14:34
Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers 2017 Call for Applications is now open Iso Lomso Fellowships provide an exceptional early career opportunity for Africa’s brightest minds in academia. Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow. Iso Lomso Fellows will enjoy: a three-year attachment to STIAS during which time they may spend a total of ten months in residence at... Read More 0

RUFORUM International Advisory Panel Chair to head Zimbabwean State University Council

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 10:10
The Chairperson of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) International Advisory Panel (IAP), Prof. Rukudzo Murapa, has been appointed Council Chairman of Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences in Zimbabwe. The appointment was made by President Robert Mugabe who also doubles as Chancellor of State Universities in Zimbabwe. Prof. Murapa’s appointment runs for three years up to 27 June 2020. Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences is a... Read More 0

Call for Expression of Interest to Participate – AFRI-Lead Programme

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 09:00
African Universities Leadership and Management Training Programme (AFRI-Lead) Call for Expression of Interest to Participate Deadline: September 30th 2017 23:59 GMT (East African Standard Time) Open to: 66 RUFORUM member universities[1] managers: Deputy Vice Chancellors, Academic Registrars and Directors of Institutes. Introduction Universities have immense responsibility and contribution to economic and social transformation of societies globally. African universities have in the recent past been called upon to play a more significant role... Read More 0

RUFORUM supports member universities to mobilise 4.2 Million Euro to train 106 Postgraduate students in Africa

Wed, 30/08/2017 - 11:04
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) through the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme has raised Euro 4,198,375 Million to support training of 106 postgraduate students in 11 African universities. The resources mobilized will support the training of 71 Masters and 35 PhD students. It will also facilitate the movement of 20 academic and administrative staff from 17 African countries in the period of five years (2017 to 2022). In... Read More 0

Call for expression of interest to provide External Audit services to RUFORUM for the year 2017/2018

Wed, 23/08/2017 - 11:16
Ref: RUF/EOI/IA/08/17 RUFORUM wishes to engage the services of an External Auditor of international reputation for the year 2017-2018 in accordance with the statutory requirements, International Reporting Standards Guidelines and International Standards on Auditing (ISA). Scope of the Assignment The audit will be conducted in accordance with ISA as published by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), with special reference to ISA 800 (Auditor’s... Read More 0

Strengthening capacity for teaching and research through African Universities – RUFORUM/DAAD award 9 scholarships

Thu, 17/08/2017 - 13:47
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce winners of the 2017 DAAD/RUFORUM in-region and in-country scholarships. Since 2011, RUFORUM has been in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) to promote the regional doctoral training programmes offered by RUFORUM member universities in the East African Region. The collaboration offers opportunities for university staff and African scientists to enhance their qualifications by enrolling in doctoral... Read More 0

RUFORUM-USADF collaboration to create opportunities for underserved communities in Africa

Wed, 16/08/2017 - 11:31
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized and participated in the 2017 Global Workshop of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF). Held at the University of Maryland, the workshop was funded through a grant from USADF, a U.S. Government agency established to support African-owned enterprises, which improve lives in poor and vulnerable communities on the continent. Over 80 participants took part in the 10-day meeting including 22... Read More 0

Despite the language barrier, I graduated on time

Wed, 16/08/2017 - 11:21
 By Hanaa Tharwat Mohamed Ibrahim My name is Hanaa Tharwat Mohamed Ibrahim and I come from Sudan. I hold a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Soil and Water Science from the University of Gezira which I obtained in March 2009. After my graduation, I worked as an Assistant at the Agricultural Research Corporation in Sudan in the laboratory of the Land and Water Research Center from 2009 to 2012. I then took... Read More 0

Call for Proposals: RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme

Mon, 07/08/2017 - 11:48
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation is implementing an eight year programme “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev)”. The TAGDev Programme seeks to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. This is to announce the 2017/2018... Read More 0

Stakeholders call for reform in higher agricultural education in Africa

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 18:16
Stakeholders engaged in higher education in Africa gathered in Gaborone, Botswana from 25th to 30th July 2017 to map out transformations necessary to increase the contribution of higher agricultural education to Africa’s development. Convened by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN), the meeting was attended by representatives from the World Bank, African Union Commission, International Food Policy... Read More 0

My experience at ICRISAT under the RUFORUM Field Attachment Programme Award (FAPA)

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 17:57
By Dr. Koech Oscar Kipchirchir, RUFORUM-ICRISAT postdoc student In 2017, I was awarded a Field Attachment Programme Award (FAPA) by RUFORUM to support my field attachment internship at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Kenya. My research interest was on utilisation of sorghum as a source of food and feed in an integrated production system. The main focus was to demonstrate the advantage of crop-livestock integration in... Read More 0

RUFORUM and FAO to implement an e-learning hub for African universities

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 17:28
The Regional Universities Forum for capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is working jointly with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) to implement an e-learning hub intended to facilitate access to e-learning resources on food, agriculture and sustainable development. This undertaking will enhance access to the online resources by students, staff and researchers at African universities. To facilitate dissemination among African universities, the e-learning resources will be accessed through a link on the... Read More 0

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