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The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture 2018-11-08T12:24:41Z
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AQUAFISH Center of Excellence and RUFORUM implement staff exchange program – 9 professors visit

Tue, 30/01/2018 - 18:15
The Africa Center of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science at LUANAR (AquaFish ACE), in partnership with RUFORUM, earlier this month welcomed visiting professors from RUFORUM member universities in Nigeria, Tanzania, Sudan and Kenya. The visit was part of the Aquafish Staff Exchange Program aimed at improvingthe quality of postgraduate programmes at LUANAR. The visiting team, who stayed from 8th to 19th January 2018, comprised of Dr. Olajide Philip Sobukola, Dr. Addanna... Read More 0

RUFORUM PhD graduate starts cowpea breeding program at university of Cape Coast

Tue, 30/01/2018 - 17:53
Emmanuel Afutu, now with a new title added to his name ‘Doctor’, was ecstatic as he and his colleagues joined RUFORUM staff on 16th January 2018 during a lunch get-together organized at the Secretariat to honour the new PhD graduates.  He was among the 13 RUFORUM-sponsored students who were conferred with Doctorates during the 68th Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University in Uganda, under PhD programmes of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology (PBB) and... Read More 0

Press Release: Six RUFORUM member Universities among top 17 ranked African Universities

Mon, 29/01/2018 - 15:06
With increasing pressure from university stakeholders and beneficiaries for universities to demonstrate value for money invested in Higher Education, universities are consistently striving to do their best to visibly show their relevance to the public. University ranking, though controversial, remains the common means of informing the public where they should get the ‘best’ education. To this end, RUFORUM strives to build capacity of its member universities to deliver quality education through cutting... Read More 0

DAAD Summer school on scientific research methods and teaching skills in health sciences.

Mon, 22/01/2018 - 17:15
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), with financial support from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), supports academic qualification measures for individuals from developing countries who participate in the In-Country / In-Region Scholarship Programme. Every year the DAAD awards more than 1,000 BMZ-funded scholarships to junior researchers from Africa, the Middle East, Latin America, South East Asia and South Asia to help finance their master’s or PhD programmes... Read More 0

Persistence helped me achieve my dream – My Postgraduate Training Journey

Fri, 19/01/2018 - 15:14
Pursuing a master’s degree in crop science at Kyambogo University was my career dream come true. Having attained a Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Agriculture with Education at the same university, I wanted to specialise in crop science in order to contribute to increased food production through dissemination of knowledge and technologies to rural farmers.  Although today my face is full of smiles, this achievement did not come on a silver plate... Read More 0

Jobs: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor

Thu, 18/01/2018 - 16:36
Faculty of science Department of Geography and Environmental Science MOBILE GIS AND PROGRAMMING (1 post) Applicants must have at least an earned PhD in the field of GIScience and Earth Observation/ Remote Sensing/Spatial Analysis with specialization in Mobile GIS and Programming or equivalent, a Masters degree in GIScience and Earth Observation/ Remote Sensing/Spatial Analysis in Mobile GIS and Programming or equivalent with a Merit pass or better. A foundation degree in Geography/Environmental... Read More 0

Press Release: 16 RUFORUM Funded students Conferred with Doctoral Degrees

Wed, 17/01/2018 - 15:19
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 85 universities in 35 African countries, is pleased to announce the conferment of Doctoral degrees to 16 of some of its funded students who were hosted by member universities across Africa. A total of 13 students were conferred with PhDs during the 68th Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University, Uganda under PhD programmes of Plant Breeding and Agriculture & Rural... Read More 0

RUFORUM receives $1,500,000 grant to unleash potential of African science leaders through post- Doctoral fellowships

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 16:10
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has received a 2 year grant of 1.500,000 United States Dollars from Carnegie Cooperation of New York to support post-doctoral fellowships in Africa. Specifically, the grant aims at increasing and ensuring high retention rate of brightest and most promising academic graduates in Africa who will ultimately help strengthen African universities to meet the growing demand for higher education and for a more... Read More 0

RUFORUM Call for Post- Doctoral Fellowships: RU/2018/Post Doc RTP /01

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 15:47
Wajao – Unleashing the potential of African science leaders The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) a network of 85 universities in 35 African countries, with funding from Carnegie Cooperation of New York invites application from former RUFORUM-Carnegie supported doctoral alumni for 2 year post-doctoral fellowships to be based at a university in Africa. The 2 year post-doctoral fellowships builds on, and helps to scale up, the RUFORUM commitment... Read More 0

From cleaner to communication researcher: overcoming challenges to achieve my dream

Tue, 16/01/2018 - 08:10
At 10am on 18th September 1978, the late Mr. Oywer and his wife Phylgon both Kenyans, welcomed me as their sixth child. I was a unique child. Unlike other members of my family, i was very outgoing. At school I was popular and excelled in academics, hence I was appointed a prefect. I was my father’s pride so much that when I joined upper primary school, I went to stay with him... Read More 0

DAAD-RUFORUM In-Country /In-Region Doctoral Scholarships available for 2018/2019 Academic intake year

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 16:17
I. About the Call The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Secretariat is pleased to announce a call for PhD scholarships available through the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) funding support. These scholarships are targeting both in-country/in-region (sub-Saharan Africa) applicants to support selected RUFORUM regional PhD Programmes in the Eastern and Central Africa (ECA). The scholarships are tenable for the 2018/19 academic period. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as... Read More 0

Call for Proposals: Doctoral Research Scholarships for Graduate Teaching Assistantships at RUFORUM member Universities

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 15:53
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a key partner on a new four (4) year project on Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL) funded by GCRF RCUK. The project aims at building the capacity of African and UK research organizations to design and deliver high quality, relevant and state of art research related to a major challenge that lies at the heart of sustainable development... Read More 0

But, how about the African Agriculture?

Mon, 15/01/2018 - 13:54
Why do African and European leaders of today make partly the same mistakes as they did in connection with the independence of most African countries fifty years ago, why do they again seem to forget that the basis for about 70% of the population still is agriculture? I followed with great interest the reports from the High-level meeting between African and European leaders in Abidjan at the end of November last year.... Read More 0

Prof Openjuru appointed Gulu University Vice Chancellor

Fri, 12/01/2018 - 12:51
Gulu University Chancellor Prof. Frederick Kayanja has appointed Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah as the new institution’s vice chancellor. Prof. Openjuru will replace Prof. Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi who has been in acting capacity since January 15 last year when his contract expired. Prof Pen-Mogi led the institution since its inception in 2002. Prof Openjuru has been the university Deputy Vice Chancellor and a former Dean, School of Distance and Lifelong Learning at Makerere University.... Read More 0

BMCE Bank of Africa has announced the 12 winners of the third edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award.

Wed, 10/01/2018 - 15:21
The African Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) offers $1 million to all eligible African entrepreneurs with an existing business or just an idea. The Award Journey is made up of 4 rounds of mentoring and starts by applicants taking a few minutes to submit an idea and, begin a journey with real entrepreneurs who have been where they are today. Since its launch by BMCE Bank of Africa in 2015, the awards have recognized 33 entrepreneurs, who were supported by more than 300 African and... Read More 0

RUFORUM Secretariat hosts a Pre-EU Intra Africa Mobility Project Implementation Workshop for three projects awarded to member universities

Sun, 17/12/2017 - 14:57
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Secretariat organized a pre-project inception meeting for three universities recently awarded projects by the Intra Africa Mobility Scheme funded through the European Union (EU). RUFORUM has been proactively providing technical backstopping to its member universities to mobilize resources for enhanced training and research in Africa. As part of its services and value addition to the member universities, the RUFORUM Secretariat invited team... Read More 0

RUFORUM and the Gates Foundation partner to skill African universities in science leadership

Sun, 17/12/2017 - 14:46
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) trained 48 senior academic leaders from RUFORUM member universities in science and academic leadership. Organized as a post-RUFORUM Annual General Meeting event, the training was held at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi from 29th October to 1st November 2017. The training was organized in response to a request from... Read More 0

RUFORUM Season’s Greetings 2017

Wed, 13/12/2017 - 10:49
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Higher Education for Agricultural Transformation

Thu, 07/12/2017 - 15:11
It could very well be that the first half of the 21st century will be remembered as the period when Africa came into its own. These five decades could be a period of steady economic growth and one is which the rapid increase of the working age population actually pays the long promised demographic dividend.  Whether this dream is realized will of course depend on a multitude of political, social, economic and... Read More 0

The role of Higher Education Institutions in catalysing agricultural innovation systems

Tue, 05/12/2017 - 13:00
The World Bank in its Investment Sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems spells out the critical role of agricultural education and training as a creator of capacity and supplier of the human resources that populate key segments of the agricultural innovation system (AIS) and enable it to function more effectively1. Apart from the provision of technical knowledge, which is the traditional focus of higher education, what can institutions of higher learning offer key... Read More 0