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Call for Application: Master’s Degree Programmes at University of Rwanda

Fri, 11/12/2015 - 18:19
Application Deadline: 31 December, 2015 The College of Agriculture, Animal Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (CAVM), University of Rwanda in collaboration with Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), is pleased to inform all interested and eligible candidates to apply for the following two year Master’s programmes: MSc in Agricultural Engineering with specialization in Soil & Water […] 0

RUFORUM recognised for its exemplary leadership and role in promoting Networking and collaboration in Higher Education, Research and S&T across Africa

Thu, 10/12/2015 - 15:03
On the 9th December, 2015 during the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA), RUFORUM was awarded with the SFSA Science Diplomacy Award in the category recognizing “an international science partnership which has made an outstanding contribution to advancing African regional cooperation, integration and development .” RUFORUM was recognised for it’s work in supporting postgraduate training and […] 0

New Program: Masters in Food and Nutrition Security starting in 2016

Fri, 04/12/2015 - 17:02
A new cross faculty interdisciplinary MSc, starting in 2016 Departments of Food Science, Agricultural Economics and Human Nutrition Stellenbosch University Why do MSc Food and Nutrition Security? Food and Nutrition Security studies are complex and multidisciplinary by nature, with human livelihoods at the core. The MSc (Food and Nutrition Security), taking a broader, more comprehensive […] 0

PhD Student Opportunity in Agricultural Sciences, crop production

Fri, 04/12/2015 - 14:50
Deadline: 04 January, 2016 Cropping systems diversification for multiple ecosystem services and sustainable development Future agricultural systems must ensure the ability to deliver ecosystem services and use ecological principles such as diversity, facilitation and competition in the design of sustainable and multifunctional cropping systems. Eco-functional intensification of production systems is a means of enhancing food, […] 0

Apply now: CAS-TWAS President’s PhD Fellowship Programme

Fri, 04/12/2015 - 12:47
Deadline: 31 March 2016 Under an agreement between the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and TWAS, up to 200 students/scholars from all over the world, including 60 from developed countries, will be sponsored to travel to China for PhD studies for up to four years. This CAS-TWAS President’s Fellowship Programme provides students/scholars that are non-Chinese […] 0

Higher Education in Africa Continues to gain Momentum

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 11:26
His Excellency Hon. William Samoei Ruto, the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya has confirmed willingness of the Government of Kenya to Champion Higher Education, Science and Technology led development in Africa. In his remarks during a meeting with RUFORUM Vice Chancellors yesterday morning in Nairobi, Kenya, His Excellency Hon. William Ruto said “Kenya […] 0

Apply Now: Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme

Thu, 03/12/2015 - 10:58
Next application deadline: 09:00 UK time (GMT) on 21 December 2015. The Rothamsted International Fellowship Scheme (RIFS) supports scientists from developing countries to train at Rothamsted Research for 6-12 months on a research project they develop jointly with a Project Leader at Rothamsted. How to apply Candidates need to make sure that their project idea is […] 0

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