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A Tragic Loss in Africa’s Higher Education Sector

Wed, 29/06/2022 - 14:59
Kampala June 28th 2022 – The RUFORUM Network on a sad note has lost one of her greatest female Vice Chancellors, Prof Christine Dranzoa, Vice Chancellor for Muni University and a fervent advocate of the girl child education. The late professor, rose from a humble background in a small village of Adua, in Moyo district... Continue Reading →

Mozambique: World Bank disburses US$30 million for agri-food research

Wed, 29/06/2022 - 12:25
The World Bank yesterday announced US$30 million in funding to create a centre of excellence in agri-food systems and innovation for postgraduate students in Mozambique. A World Bank statement says that the centre would help build high-quality technical capacity and research in the agri-food domain. “By strengthening research and training in agri-food systems and expanding... Continue Reading →

[SCIFSA] Scholarship Advert for Short Term Academic Mobility

Mon, 27/06/2022 - 15:44
SCIFSA is a partnership of five African Universities in Eastern, Western and North Africa lead by Makerere University in Uganda. The members of this partnership are Makerere University (Uganda), University of Ghana, Legon (Ghana), University of Eldoret (Kenya), University of Cairo (Egypt) and Universite Cheikh Anta Diop de Dakar (Senegal).  The partnership also has Politechnika... Continue Reading →

RUFORUM Team Visits Kabale University

Sat, 25/06/2022 - 18:44
(“Ensi eri aha nziiga, neyetorora. Mwiije tugyende naayo etatutsiga” literary translated as, the world is on wheels, Come-all-yee lets go catch it before it leaves us.) That is a song that was usually sung in Elementary School and the words by then didn’t seem to make much sense as they do now! These are the... Continue Reading →


Sat, 25/06/2022 - 18:07
The economies of many African countries are still driven by the agricultural sector amidst its underperformance. Current efforts to modernize the sector are geared towards ensuring that agricultural value chains are competitive in the developing global markets while effectively supporting the budding agro-industry. Successful agroindustrialization starts with enhancement of productivity, where labour, time and land... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] Developing a Development Oriented University: Perspective from Chinhoyi University of Technology

Fri, 24/06/2022 - 10:07
Historical BackgroundStarting off as a degree awarding institution in 1999 under the University of Zimbabwe, offering the Bachelor of Technology Degree in Production Engineering and the Bachelor of Technology Degree in Hospitality and Tourism, Chinhoyi University of Technology (CUT), was established by an Act by the Parliament of Zimbabwe on 10 December 2001. The institution is... Continue Reading →

[Issue 105] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Fri, 24/06/2022 - 09:43
University World News Science is the basis for moving ahead on global challenges (Global)The International Science Council (ISC) is the world’s primary non-governmental organisation for the sciences, bringing together the natural and social science organisations, including both national academies and disciplinary bodies, with a singular focus. The council’s role is to be the voice at... Continue Reading →

[RUFORUM Postdoc Fellowship] My Personal Experience as Post-Doc Fellow at the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources in Malawi

Thu, 23/06/2022 - 16:34
“If you knew what you were doing it wouldn’t be called research; – Albert Einstein” After completing my PhD at LUANAR in November 2019, I had a strong dream to make a worthwhile contribution to my country by training a highly motivated team of students and engage in a lot of research activities that provide... Continue Reading →

[RUFORUM Postdoc Fellowship] Experience at University of Rwanda: Dr Emmanuel Masabo

Thu, 23/06/2022 - 15:25
During my PhD studies at Makerere University, I obtained research funding support from Carnegie Corporation through RUFORUM. It helped me to undertake the research activities and finish on time. I exactly graduated in January 2020. After graduation, I returned to University of Rwanda (UR). At UR, in addition to teaching, I also had to supervise... Continue Reading →

Promoting Agripreneurship, Community Engagement and Social Responsibility among Farmers in the Vegetable Value Chain

Thu, 23/06/2022 - 10:15
4-PILLAR GIVE BACK is a project tailored towards improving the state of agripreneurship, incorporating community engagements and promoting social responsibility in the vegetable value chain in Nakuru villages. This project was started by four masters’ students from Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda supported by MasterCard@RUFORUM through TAGDev program at Egerton University. The ideology and conceptualization of... Continue Reading →

[Issue 104] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Wed, 22/06/2022 - 09:14
Times Higher EducationFalling African share of tertiary education aid ‘a great concern’ (Africa) A fall in the share of higher education aid directed to Africa over the past 20 years is a “great concern” that urgently needs addressing in the light of the continent’s exploding youth population, it has been warned. The comments follow a... Continue Reading →

[RUFORUM Postdoc Fellowship] Dr. Agaba Rolland’s Experience

Mon, 20/06/2022 - 16:25
Earning a fellowship does not come easy but through hard work and in-depth conceptualization and critical thinking. Following release the call for postdoctoral fellowship proposals by RUFORUM with Support from Carnegie Corporation of New York in April 2022. The call was seeking proposals from recent doctorate holders to improve their teaching, research, leadership and mentoring... Continue Reading →

[RUFORUM Postdoc Fellowship] My GTA Experience

Mon, 20/06/2022 - 11:34
Linda Chinenyenwa Familusi – is a 34 years old Nigerian and holds a Master’s degree in Agricultural Economics obtained from Universidade Eduardo Mondlane, Mozambique. She also holds a BAgric. in Agricultural Economics and Extension (Agricultural Economics major) obtained from the Faculty of Agriculture, University of Port Harcourt, Nigeria. Linda is presently a Lecturer in the... Continue Reading →

EFARMU-Uganda: Record Keeping Made Easy

Mon, 20/06/2022 - 10:28
One of the great challenges faced by modern day dairy farmers in East Africa is the inability to access genuine farm inputs and the ability to monitor their farm productivity. Our dairy industry is a young, vibrant and rapidly growing sector and mainly developed by the private sector. Despite this rapid growth, dairy farmers are... Continue Reading →

RUFORUM and its alumni boosted my business venture

Fri, 17/06/2022 - 12:50
My name is Dorah Momanyi. I met Napoleon Heri Bahati Kajunju in March 2021 when I was relocating to Makerere University for a 5 months’ fellowship. Napoleon is a Congolese currently living in Uganda. My supervisor and some colleagues I had met in Uganda recommended me to him. I had limited funds and limited knowledge... Continue Reading →

[PBL-BioAfrica] Student Post: Initial feelings with accelerated growth for SMEs in Zambia

Fri, 17/06/2022 - 11:57
The HAMK in Africa project offers students and lecturers a great opportunity to broaden our perspectives and take a peek into the international world The HAMK in Africa project offers students and lecturers a great opportunity to broaden our perspectives and take a peek into the international world. Personally, I started the module Creating Sustainable... Continue Reading →

Ndejje University 2022 Prospectus

Fri, 17/06/2022 - 10:10
About Ndejje University Established in 1992, Ndejje University (NDU) is the oldest private university and the fastest growing in Uganda. In 1995 the University gained its status under the ownership of the Anglican Diocese of Luweero. Later in 2002, the ownership base was expanded to include all six Church of Uganda Dioceses in Buganda Region... Continue Reading →

[Thought Piece] The University of the Free State: Embracing our Developmental Mandate

Thu, 16/06/2022 - 08:52
Over the past few decades, there has been a definite shift in the role of public universities, seeing that it has evolved from an almost exclusive focus on academics to a more society-focused role. This includes embracing our development function – not only internally in relation to our staff, students, and institutional operations, but also... Continue Reading →

[Press Release] FAO Country Representative Paid a Courtesy Visit to the RUFORUM Secretariat

Wed, 15/06/2022 - 09:21
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Country Representative to Uganda Dr. Antonio Querido, led a delegation of FAO representatives to the RUFORUM Secretariat. The courtesy call was part of the visit of the FAO Director South-South Cooperation Division Mr Ye Anping. Other officials from the FAO included Liu Zhongwei, Senior Programme... Continue Reading →

Inspired to stop back pain in men and women

Mon, 13/06/2022 - 16:14
My name is Victor Kansiime from Buringo Maheruka Town council, Sheema District, Western Uganda. I am the second born in the family of seven children. I attended my primary school at Buringo Primary School, and I went to Bugarama High school for both my O and A Level studies.  I acquired a Certificate and a... Continue Reading →