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The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture 2019-07-30T08:29:40Z
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Postgraduate studies awakened my zeal to contribute to a food secure Africa

Tue, 03/04/2018 - 15:05
By Njeri Njau, RUFORUM Alumnus (MSc Agronomy, Kenyatta University) Growing up in rural Kenya, with parents who believed in education being key to my future, has shaped who I am today. Having no electricity and piped water back then did not bother them as long as my siblings and I were in school. For a village girl, joining university made me a role model for the younger girls in my family and... Read More 0

Fellowship: Future Africa-Carnegie Early Career Research Leadership

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 14:37
The University of Pretoria is excited to announce a new Early Career Fellowship that aims to develop research leadership for the African Bioeconomy. Capacity in this focus area is crucial to help address Africa’s most urgent challenges and opportunities for sustainable and inclusive development. The fellowship has unique elements that focus on both technical research and leadership skills development. It will aim to support the development of the research base at the... Read More 0

Fellowship: East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative

Fri, 23/03/2018 - 10:20
The East Africa Social Science Translation (EASST) Collaborative invites African researchers to apply for a 4 month fellowship (sabbatical) at the University of California, Berkeley, to be completed during Fall 2018 (September-December), or Spring 2019 (January -May).To be eligible, researchers must be residents of an East African country ( Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan,or Uganda) and hold a staff or student position at a research institution, university, or other organization... Read More 0

Consultancy: Managing Teacher Mobility across Africa

Thu, 22/03/2018 - 12:12
1. Background “Teachers and teaching” is one of the ten priority areas of the Continental Education Strategy for Africa (CESA 16-25). The strategic objectives of the CESA 16-25 aims to achieve by 2025 is to fully reorient African education and training systems towards the achievements of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 on education. This includes recruitment, training, and deployment of qualified teachers; as well as promoting continuous professional development to enhance their... Read More 0

Goodwill Message from RUFORUM to the Association of African Universities (AAU).

Tue, 20/03/2018 - 14:20
The Association of African Universities Inaugurated an East African Regional Office in Khartoum, Sudan on 14th March 2018. Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary of RUFORUM delivered a good will message during the occasion. Read the complete message below.     Goodwill Message from Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary RUFORUM to the Association of African Universities (AAU) on occasion of the Inauguration of the East African Regional Office in Khartoum, Sudan On behalf... Read More 0

Media Monitoring: Higher Education News in Africa.

Mon, 19/03/2018 - 09:11
The demand for easy to understand, up-to-date information is growing. This demand comes from political decision makers, people in the academia, students, media and from Africans represented by civil societies who are increasingly requesting for full transparency on information from both public and private Universities . Alongside this development, the rapid evolution in new information technologies provides us with more tools to communicate more effectively. Knowledge based on independent, quality-assured information empowers... Read More 0

Scholarships: Intra – Africa Academic Mobility Program Msc, PhD and Staff Scholarship

Wed, 14/03/2018 - 09:16
OVERVIEW The EU under its Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, has provided funding to support training of graduate students in African universities. In this mobility program, six African partner institutions and one EU Technical partner will collaborate in the training of professionals to strengthen fragile ecosystems (FE) management in Africa, which will lead into reduced environmental degradation and sustained food production by small-scale farmers. Partners include Makerere University (Uganda), Uganda Martyrs University (Uganda),... Read More 0

Makerere University and partners receive African Union grant to facilitate African Swine Fever Research

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 16:54
Through its competitive research grants the African Union has awarded a research grant of USD 1,249,988 to a consortium of scientists led by the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University to implement a three year research project titled, ‘Developing innovative and sustainable approaches to prevent the spread of African Swine Fever (ASF) in Africa (ASF-RESIST)’. Associate Professor Charles Masembe from the Department of Zoology, Entomology and Fisheries Sciences is the Principal... Read More 0

Africa Centre of Excellence in Phytochemicals, Textile and Renewable Energy at Moi University takes off

Tue, 13/03/2018 - 12:26
The Africa Centre of Excellence in Phytochemicals, Textile and Renewable Energy at Moi University was launched on 13th – 14th September 2017 at Sirikwa Hotel, Eldoret. The Centers aims to advance technology development and innovation in Phytochemicals, Textile and Renewable energy through delivery of quality post-graduate training and collaborative research. The Launch was attended by national, regional and International partners who represented the partner institution (Dr. K. Chelule (KIRDI, Kenya), Prof. M.... Read More 0

Former RUFORUM Principal Investigator (PI) now Full Professor at Makerere University

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 12:52
Born in Bukavu DR. Congo in 1964, Majaliwa Mwanjalolo holds a Licence in applied physics (5 years, 1983-1988) from Institut Superieur Pedagogique de Bukavu (ISP/Bukavu), DR Congo, a MSc in Environmental Sciences (1998) and PhD in soil Science (2004) from Makerere University, Kampala-Uganda. He has been involved in several regional and international collaboration research and outreach activities. He has also been involved in the development of several post graduate programmes at Makerere... Read More 0

CREATES Scholarships: 10 Masters and 5 PhD for regional candidates available starting April, 2018

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 11:56
Masters Call The Centre for Research, Agricultural advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability in Food and Nutritional Security (CREATES), hosted by the School of Life Sciences and Bioengineering at the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST) has opened its second call for Master´s scholarship opportunities for qualified regional candidates. The newly established African Centre of Excellence aims to support young African Scientists who are committed, passionate and innovative enough to... Read More 0

Applications invited for MSc and Academic / Administrative Staff exchange in Orphan Crops breeding

Fri, 09/03/2018 - 10:38
Enhancing training and research mobility for novel crops breeding in Africa MoBreed (Mobility for Breeders in Africa) is an initiative of five public universities from three African regions and one university in Europe to advance knowledge on useful crops of Africa and increase scholars’ capacity in addressing food security. Partners include the University of Abomey-Calavi in Benin and Ebonyi State University in Nigeria (West Africa), the Jimma University of Ethiopia (Eastern Africa),... Read More 0

Call for Expression of Interest to Participate: Proposal Development Write-shop

Wed, 07/03/2018 - 08:45
Proposal Development Write-shop for Submissions to the African Union Research Grants Open Call for Proposals – 2018 Call for Expression of Interest to Participate Deadline: 30th March 2018 23:59 GMT (East African Standard Time) Open to: Researchers from the 85 member universities of RUFORUM or researchers from research institutions in the 35 African countries where RUFORUM operates. See for details on countries where RUFORUM operates and the RUFORUM member universities. Introduction... Read More 0

RUFORUM Participates in the African Development Bank Third Africa Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI)

Tue, 06/03/2018 - 19:38
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) participated as a key partner in the recently concluded Third Africa Forum on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI) held in Cairo, Egypt. The Forum was organized by the African Development Bank, the Government of Egypt and other partners in Cairo, Egypt between 10th and 12th February 2018 under the theme STI for Private Sector Competitiveness and Economic Transformation in Africa. The Forum... Read More 0

Press Release: RUFORUM awards 19 Post-Doctoral Fellowships

Thu, 01/03/2018 - 16:38
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 85 Universities in 35 African Countries, is pleased to announce the recipients of the ‘Wajao’, a two year post-doctoral programme funded by Carnegie Cooperation of New York. Wajao targets former beneficiaries of regional doctoral training programmes who were funded by Carnegie through RUFORUM. The call for the fellowships attracted 34 applicants from nine African countries among whom the RUFORUM... Read More 0

CALL FOR SCHOLARSHIPS YEAR ONE: Intra-Africa Academic mobility Project: –

Tue, 27/02/2018 - 12:41
Regional Academic Exchange for Enhanced Skills in Fragile Ecosystems Management in Africa – REFORM What is the programme about? The EU under its Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme, has provided funding to support training of graduate students in African universities. In this mobility programme six African partner institutions and one EU Technical partner will collaborate in the training of professionals to strengthen fragile ecosystems (FE) management in Africa, which will lead into reduced... Read More 0

Strengthening capacity of End-users to support University Training and Research Programs

Thu, 22/02/2018 - 18:18
The Popular Knowledge Women’s Initiative (P’KWI) a farmer organization located in Eastern Uganda has worked with Research for Development teams from the College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences (CAES), Makerere University since 1996. The CAES developed a strategic plan that among others emphasised linkages of University-based research teams with communities as part of enhancing outreach engagements. As part of implementation of this Strategic Plan, the P’KWI was identified as a partner at... Read More 0


Wed, 21/02/2018 - 10:32
As part of mobilizing resources to scale out best practice research for development through partnership between research and non-research actors (nongovernmental organizations, private companies and farmer organisations), the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), organized a write-shop to develop proposals to respond to the 2018 Cultivate Africa’s Future – Phase 2 (CultiAF-2). The Write-shop supported by PAEPARD under the capacity building Work Package and the private sector and university... Read More 0

Master’s in research methods has propelled my career in research for development.

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 18:28
By Gregory Ndwandwa Sikumba, RUFORUM alumnus Email: I first developed an interest in research for development while studying for a bachelor’s degree in animal science at the University of Namibia. After graduation, I joined the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock Development in Zambia in 2008 as a Tsetse Control Biologist in Copperbelt Province. As a biologist, I realized that I needed to be skilled in research and survey design; data management... Read More 0

Press Release:Partnering to effectively strengthen whole value chains.

Tue, 20/02/2018 - 11:24
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (19 February, 2018) – Over 130 participants from 25 countries met to confirm partners and priorities at the launch meeting of the CGIAR Research Program on Grain Legumes and Dryland Cereals (GLDC). Dr Peter Carberry, Director of GLDC, set the framework from the start, underlining that the Program’s approach is how it can add value to what is already being undertaken. Linking initiatives and building on each other’s strengths... Read More 0