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Vacancy: Chief Executive Officer at the National Agricultural Research and Development Institute (NARDI)

Tue, 01/12/2015 - 11:41
Deadline Extension: Wednesday 9th December 2015. Applications are invited from interested and suitably qualifieded persons to fill the position of Chief Executive Officer of NARDI based in Botswana. Women candidates are encouraged to apply. The National Agricultural Research and Development Institute (NARDI) is a company limited by guarantee established in terms of the Companies Act […] 0

Open Call for Mobility Grants under the BIOFISA II Programme

Thu, 26/11/2015 - 14:39
This call is open until December 2018. Date of issue: 18 November 2015 Call ID: V6LFISA/2015/MFG001 Programme Description The Southern African Network for Biosciences (SANBio) is a NEPAD Agency Flagship for collaborative research and development, and an innovation platform aimed to address Southern Africa’s challenges in health and nutrition. It is one of the five […] 0

Doctoral Research addressing locally relevant problems in Africa

Wed, 25/11/2015 - 08:17
In its efforts of transforming the African agricultural universities into world class training institutions, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM)’s approach to graduate research grants encourages better university recognition of grass root demands. The approach further encourages students to find solutions and innovations that work best for the smallholder farmers using […] 0

RUFORUM Strengthens Partnerships with Finland, Norway and Sweden

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 16:46
A three person team from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) visited Finland, Norway, and Sweden from 9-18 November, 2015 to strengthen existing, and explore new partnerships in the Nordic region as part of implementation of the RUFORUM new Strategic Business Plan (2015-2020)[1].  The team was composed of: 1) Ms. Catherine […] 0

The Africa Biosciences Challenge Fund 2016 – Call for Applications

Tue, 24/11/2015 - 16:08
The Biosciences eastern and central Africa – International Livestock Research Institute (BecA-ILRI) Hub, located in Nairobi, Kenya, is a shared agricultural research and biosciences platform that exists to increase access for African researchers to affordable, world-class research facilities. The mission of the BecA-ILRI Hub is “Mobilizing Bioscience for Africa’s Development” by providing a Centre of […] 0

Enhancing collaboration and use of ICTs to Strengthen Food Science & Nutrition Teaching and Research at three RUFORUM member universities

Mon, 23/11/2015 - 13:12
The Partnerships to Strengthen University Food and Nutrition Sciences Training and Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (PASUFONS) EDULINK project has facilitated strengthening of academic collaboration across universities in Africa. The project is taking advantage of satellite technology to facilitate virtual teaching and learning. The hardware required for receiving signals were installed at Jomo Kenyatta […] 0

African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) PhD Thesis Research Awards

Mon, 16/11/2015 - 15:51
African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) offers a limited number of PhD thesis awards annually towards PhD thesis research. To be eligible for consideration, the request must come from an African national enrolled in a doctoral degree programme in Economics at a recognized university within or outside the African continent. Applicants must have completed all course […] 0

Integrating nutrition into the curricula of agriculture education institutions

Mon, 16/11/2015 - 13:00
Join this Ongoing Discussion This discussion aims to explore how to integrate nutrition into the training of agricultural workers, what components to include and what results to expect in terms of improving nutrition. To stimulate a debate on this important topic, the facilitator Mebit Kebete Tariku proposes to reflect on the following questions: What’s the […] 0

Join SciDev.Net twitter chat on African brain drain for African Universities Day

Thu, 12/11/2015 - 10:54
Date: Thursday 12th November, 2015 To celebrate African Universities Day, SciDev.Net will be on Twitter today (Thursday 12th November) for a chat about the big challenges facing African universities and students in the twenty-first century. The main focus will be the brain drain: Is the emigration of African students to universities around the world as […] 0

Upcoming Event: SLU Global Seminar – The case of RUFORUM

Thu, 05/11/2015 - 13:11
SLU Global Seminar: Can universities effectively support sustainable and inclusive development in Africa´s rural communities? Download flyer The case of RUFORUM. The seminar will be sent by video link in Alnarp. Please contact for more information about the venue. Speaker: Dr. Moses Osiru – Deputy Executive Secretary at the RUFORUM Secretariat Time: 2015-11-17 11:00 […] 0

Alumni Stories from our Alumni: I set up my farm to inspire others

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 11:19
Dr Apollo Kasharu, a university don in agribusiness, does not want to preach what he cannot practice so he has decided to do it practically. He is also a FORUM/RUFORUM alumni. He shared his story with Otushabire Tibyangye. I decided to practice agriculture to inspire people and improve livelihoods of rural communities. With this, I […] 0

Now Open: The Oxford Patrick Duncan Scholarships

Wed, 04/11/2015 - 09:13
Deadline for applications: January 2016. The Oxford Patrick Duncan Scholarship in Sustainable Development is now open, for the first of 5 years, initially. It is for students from a SADC country (, wishing to do an MSc at Oxford’s African Studies Centre for 1 year starting in September 2016.  Note: NB candidates from other countries […] 0

Enhancing Staff Mobilities: 13 Graduate Teaching Assistants Placed

Tue, 03/11/2015 - 17:13
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has facilitated placement of 13 staff members from member universities through an innovative program called Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA). So far 6 member universities are among the first pilot host universities for the GTA program. The host universities include Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural […] 0

15 steps closer to quality higher education in Africa

Tue, 03/11/2015 - 09:49
Improving higher education is a complex challenge, but essential to the continent’s development. An expert panel offered these routes to tackling it Collaborate across universities: Faced with a lack of essential services such as transport, water, power, healthcare and educational systems, and a government uninterested in investing in research, the question of how African countries […] 0

Horizon 2020: new opportunities for EU-funded collaborative research between Africa and Europe

Mon, 02/11/2015 - 18:04
Press Release Addis Ababa, October 13 2015 – On 14 October 2015, the European Commission will publish the next Horizon 2020 calls for proposals for the years 2016 and 2017 for a total budget of €16 billion. One of the key features of the Horizon 2020 programme is that it is “Open to the world” […] 0

Dialogue on STISA 2024: African Ministers meet in Malawi

Mon, 02/11/2015 - 15:49
Written by Patricia Nkhoma (Communications and Social Media Reporter, LUANAR) Higher Education, Science and Technology Ministers and Senior Government met in Lilongwe Malawi from last month to discuss the recent approved Science, Technology, and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024). Speaking during the opening of the first day of the meeting, Chief Director in the […] 0

Apply Now: Open call for academic writing residency at the Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Center

Mon, 02/11/2015 - 11:42
The Center’s residency program offers a superb opportunity for focused work in a serene environment that brings highly diverse cohorts of artists, academics, practitioners, and policymakers together for up to one month, fostering rich cross cultural and interdisciplinary exchange. Diversity of culture, thought and practice is a hallmark of the program that has for decades […] 0

How employable are African graduates in their countries?

Mon, 02/11/2015 - 07:52
By Tristan McCowan While young graduates in Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa do all they can to make themselves employable, they still face significant hurdles in landing jobs. Tristan McCowan of the UCL Institute of Education summarises interim findings of a three-year research project Opens in a new tab or window. that aims to support the […] 0

The Graduate Institute Geneva: Now Open for 2016/2017 Applications

Wed, 28/10/2015 - 16:04
Deadline: 15th January, 2016 The Graduate Institute aims to support students with demonstrated financial need by providing financial assistance, which may take the form of a full cost-of-living scholarship, a partial scholarship and/or a tuition fee reduction. The Institute’s resources are not sufficient to meet the financial needs of all its students; therefore, applicants are […] 0

Mutharika challenges African universities: Commits to advance higher education through science and technology

Fri, 23/10/2015 - 06:59
Posted By Nyasa Times On October 22, 2015 (4:18 am) In Education, Featured President Peter Mutharika has reiterated his commitment to strengthening cooperation in higher education, science and technology, observing its high time universities started producing graduates with high level skills. The President was speaking when he opened a Ministerial Consultative meeting on the Strengthening […] 0