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It’s here! Africa’s new university ranking so prepare to be shocked…and maybe not

Thu, 06/08/2015 - 11:52
AS the Times Higher Education (THE) Africa universities summit kicked off July 30 at the University of Johannesburg, South Africa, the main buzz of the event was the landmark unveiling of a new African university ranking. And it’s here, just released Friday, though only ranking the top 30 of Africa’s approximately 2,600 higher education institutions. These results […] 0

RUFORUM doctoral fellow wins a Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA) grant

Tue, 04/08/2015 - 09:18
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) doctoral fellow, Gabriel Ddamulira was awarded the Carnegie Fund for Conference Attendance (CFCA) grant to attend the 4th International conference on Agriculture and Horticulture in Beijing, China. This competitive grant support African beneficiaries of corporation-supported postgraduate degree and postdoctoral programs to present papers to major […] 0

AgShare: Working with farming communities to document Agricultural Indigenous Knowledge

Mon, 03/08/2015 - 17:00
The College of Computing and Information Sciences and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda are participating in the Agshare II Project. This component of Agshare II has resulted in the documentation of agricultural indigenous knowledge through working with farming communities, students and academic faculty. Selected students with computer and […] 0

Utilizing OERs to improve the efficiency of the Dairy Value Chain in Uganda

Mon, 03/08/2015 - 15:20
After being part of the AgShare I pilot,  Makerere University College of Veterinary Medicine is engaged in the Agshare II work at the college with a focus on improving the efficiency of the dairy value chain in Uganda. The Agshare Methods place emphasis on the following: Students working closely with their faculty supervisors and carrying […] 0

RUFORUM Member Universities Produce High Performing Graduates

Mon, 03/08/2015 - 11:14
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a Network of universities in sub-Saharan Africa that have is engaging in collective action towards establishment of “a vibrant agricultural sector linked to African Universities producing high-performing graduates, quality research responsive to the demands of end-users (including farmers)”. Catherine Mloza-Banda sponsored by RUFORUM for […] 0

From a Graduate Student to a Community Agent – The Story of Catherine Mloza-Banda

Mon, 27/07/2015 - 16:57
From a Graduate Student to a Community Agent: From Science to Communication The Story of Catherine Mloza-Banda Studying for a Master of Science degree under the RUFORUM Scholarship has greatly shaped my career and opened a world that I could not comprehend. Being able to generate scientific information is one thing; communicating it in a […] 0

Five top highlights: The RUFORUM 11th Annual General Meeting happening in Windhoek, Namibia

Thu, 23/07/2015 - 17:13
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) recently announced the 11th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting that will be hosted by the Government of Namibia together with the University of Namibia, a member of the RUFORUM Network. The Programme will feature several side-events linked to efforts to contribute to RUFORUM’s overall mission and […] 0

RUFORUM Alumni: Entrepreneurial Agricultural Graduate Linking to Smallholder farmers

Thu, 23/07/2015 - 16:03
In January 2015, Titus Kisauzi graduated with a Master’s degree in Agricultural Extension Education (MSc. AEE) from Makerere University. His MSc training was funded through a RUFORUM Graduate Research Grant. The Project “Understanding the Gender dimensions of the impact of climate change on agriculture and adaptation among small holder farmers in Uganda.” Towards completion of […] 0

RUFORUM Awards 67 Field Attachment Grants

Thu, 23/07/2015 - 15:03
RUFORUM has recently awarded 67 Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA) grants to her students totalling to US $84,000. The Field Attachment Program Award (FAPA) is one of the competitive grants program designed to provide graduate students supported by, and/ or associated with RUFORUM interventions at Member Universities to disseminate their research findings and recommendations to […] 0

Apply Now: ICRA courses for professionals in agriculture

Wed, 22/07/2015 - 07:59
Happening: March – June 2016 in the Netherlands ICRA strengthens innovative capacity by providing training and coaching to individuals and teams from different backgrounds. We believe that food and nutrition security, inclusive development and sustainable rural livelihoods can be achieved when people and organisations address their collective challenges by working together, sharing knowledge and creating […] 0

African universities advised to team up on agriculture

Tue, 21/07/2015 - 15:36
By Inga Vesper [ADDIS ABABA] Universities across Africa must link up their agricultural research and teaching programmes to help modernise farming on the continent, a conference heard. Speakers told the UN’s third Financing for Development conference in Ethiopia this week that universities should align their agricultural science efforts and collaborate with each other to compete […] 0

Second Call for Papers 2015 Regional Conference of INWES

Mon, 20/07/2015 - 17:34
African Women in Science and Engineering, in conjunction with International Women Engineers and Scientists(INWES) will host the 2015 INWES Regional Conference in Entebbe, Uganda on 21 – 13 October 2015. The theme of the Conference is ‘Women in Science, Technology and Innovation for Sustainable Economic and Social Development‘. The conference aims to provide a forum […] 0

10 PhD positions at the University of Bonn in Germany – Apply Now

Wed, 15/07/2015 - 07:15
Water deficiency is a critical factor limiting crop productivity worldwide. This makes understanding how plants can use water efficiently a prime scientific challenge. The newly established and DFG-funded Research Training Network GRK 2064 focuses on the investigation of factors contributing to drought tolerance in the plant model Arabidopsis thaliana and the crop barley (Hordeum vulgare). […] 0

Five RUFORUM Universities top list of African Pacesetters in Research

Tue, 14/07/2015 - 17:33
Recent news from The World University Rankings listed five universities from the RUFORUM network among the top 15 by research Influence. Makerere University from Uganda came in 3rd position, followed by Stellenbosch University from South Africa in 4th position, University of Port Harcourt, 6th; University of Nairobi, 8th; and University of Pretoria, 11th. The rankings […] 0

Call for applications: A training course on advanced genomics and bioinformatics

Mon, 13/07/2015 - 09:12
Submission by 10th August, 2015                 The BecA-ILRI Hub seeks to strengthen the capacity of the African scientific community, to conduct bioscience research and significantly contribute to improved agricultural products that can enhance livelihoods of farmers in the region. As part of this capacity building programme, the BecA-ILRI Hub in collaboration with SLU will hold a […] 0

390,000 euros earmarked to enhance capacity in fisheries and aquaculture

Thu, 09/07/2015 - 10:27
Two RUFORUM member universities have received a grant of 390,000 euros from the Austrian Partnership Programme in Higher Education and Research for Development (APPPEAR) to implement a higher education academic partnership for enhancing capacity in research and training in fisheries and aquaculture. The two universities, Makerere University and the University of Eldoret, will work with […] 0

Producing Leaders within African realities and Context

Thu, 09/07/2015 - 07:45
RUFORUM recognizes African universities have potential to lead the change needed for development yet they are faced with staffing challenges. In responding to this challenge, RUFORUM has proactively contributed to enhancing the capacity of university staff / faculty, provided increased opportunities for their advancement in professional career to their highest levels through regional integrated doctoral […] 0

Malawi: Mutharika Now African Higher Education Champion

Thu, 09/07/2015 - 07:14
Malawi President Peter Mutharika has now been crowned as the Champion for Higher Education in Africa by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). RUFORUM handed over the crown to Mutharika on Sunday. In his acceptance, Mutharika said he is committed to make sure that schools are offering comprehensive science education which […] 0

1st African Agri-Business Incubation Conference & Expo

Wed, 08/07/2015 - 12:57
Kenyatta International Convention Center (KICC) | 28-30 September, 2015 The African Agribusiness Incubation conference is a unique gathering of Innovators, start-ups, SMEs, educationists, government agencies, policy makers and investors in Africa. The Conference showcases the success achieved in the last four years in agribusiness incubation and lessons learnt to shape incubation over the next five […] 0

CORAF/WECARD is recruiting an Executive Director

Wed, 08/07/2015 - 11:00
Deadline: 15 August 2015 at 1700 GMT +8. The Chairman of the Governing Board of CORAF/WECARD, to fill the vacant position of Executive Director of the Institution, is seeking a senior Manager (M/F) to assume the duties of the position. If you are a visionary scientist, with leadership and manager qualities and interested in this […] 0