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Concours des Jeunes entrepreneurs africains 2018

Wed, 20/06/2018 - 15:13
Le Forum Régional des Universités pour le renforcement des capacités en agriculture (RUFORUM), un réseau de 85 universités dans 35 pays africains, a le plaisir d’annoncer l’ouverture du concours des jeunes entrepreneurs africains. L’objectif global de cette compétition est de promouvoir l’entrepreneuriat à travers les innovations d’entreprise et le financement des jeunes entrepreneurs africains ayant des idées créatives et innovantes. A travers le système d’application, RUFORUM invite donc tout jeune entrepreneur âgé... Read More 0

Press release: Program for the Sixth Higher Education Week and 2018 RUFORUM Biennial Conference released

Thu, 14/06/2018 - 17:01
Kampala 14 June, 2018. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to release the draft programme for the Sixth African Higher Education Week and the RUFORUM Biennial Conference which is scheduled for 22-26 October, 2018 at the Kenyatta International Convection Centre in Nairobi, Kenya.  The theme of the biennial is “Aligning African Universities to accelerate attainment of Africa’s Agenda 2063” The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building... Read More 0

Fourteen (14) African universities including five RUFORUM members listed among top 1000 universities worldwide

Thu, 07/06/2018 - 16:43
The 2018/19 edition of the Center for World University Rankings (CWUR) ‚ which were released on 28, May 2018, listed 14 African universities from five countries among the top 1000, five of which are RUFORUM member universities. South Africa (7), Egypt (4) and Uganda, Tunisia, Nigeria with one each. Since 2012‚ the Center for World University Rankings independently measure a university’s quality of education and training of students‚ the prestige of their... Read More 0

Call for Expression of Interest to Participate in a training of building a Pool of Professional Public Relations Officers in RUFORUM Member Universities

Thu, 07/06/2018 - 10:23
Open to: Public Relations/marketing/Communication Officers from the 85 member universities of RUFORUM or communications persons from research institutions in the 36 African countries where RUFORUM operates. See for details on countries where RUFORUM operates and the RUFORUM member universities.  Introduction Universities generate a lot of knowledge through faculty and students’ research which is needed for society and national development.  Further, due to the increasing demand, universities are also engaged in research... Read More 0

Press Release: Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education calls for increased collaboration between African universities for development relevance in Africa

Wed, 06/06/2018 - 15:51
Nairobi, Kenya June 06, 2018. Her Excellency Ambassador Amina Mohamed, Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education met with a delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) to discuss Kenya’s role in strengthening the higher education, science, technology and innovation sector in Africa. The meeting took place at the Ministry of Education Headquarters in Nairobi, Kenya. The Cabinet Secretary noted, among other things, the need to strengthen the linkages... Read More 0

[Issue 16] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Mon, 04/06/2018 - 08:37
Quartz Media Africa needs another million PhD scientists to develop homegrown solutions (Africa) It’s been a recurring refrain: Africa still lags woefully behind the rest of the world in generating new scientific knowledge. As figures collated by the World Bank in 2014 show, the continent—home to around 16% of the world’s population—produces less than 1% of the world’s research output. These are painful admissions to make, but there are several projects and... Read More 0

Changing lives in the community through entrepreneurship

Fri, 01/06/2018 - 07:02
By Geoffrey Cheruiyot Ngenoh, MSc. Agri-Enterprise Development student at Egerton University. July 2017 will always be memorable to me. It was during this time that we had the orientation training for new TAGDev scholars and I developed a business mindset. Speaker after speaker during the training, motivated me to start my entrepreneurship journey. By the end of the training I had so many business ideas in mind, but I decided to start... Read More 0

An ICT based platform to track and monitor the certification and distribution of clean cassava planting material

Thu, 31/05/2018 - 14:04
By Drake Patrick Mirembe1, Settumba B. Mukasa2 and Jude T. Lubega3 1School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University; 2School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University; 3Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU). Introduction Several households in eastern and northern Uganda depend on cassava as their sole starch staple food and source of income. In the 1990s, cassava production was threatened by the emergency of the Cassava Mosaic Disease (CMD) which led to high... Read More 0

Call for rural youth Agribusiness Entrepreneurs support.

Tue, 29/05/2018 - 11:37
The Eastern Africa Farmers’ Federation in partnership with IFAD is calling on rural youth groups in agriculture and agribusiness related enterprises to submit business proposals for support in accessing: Technical support to develop enterprise ready investment proposals, Agri-business incubation services and mentorship Potential funders/ investors and other partnership opportunities The proposal can be on an existing businesses/start-ups run by youth with a view of creating employment. The business proposal should be on... Read More 0

Creating youth employment and food security in my community

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 17:30
  By Gad Matayo Sambrumo, MSc Agri-Enterprise Development at Egerton University  I was born in 1993 in Busia County, western Kenya and hold a degree in Agribusiness Management and Enterprise Development from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology. Currently, I am enrolled for a Master of Science in Agri-Enterprise Development at Egerton University funded by RUFORUM under the TAGDev (Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development)... Read More 0

Ugandan Parliamentarians engage with academia to discuss lifelong learning for farmers

Wed, 23/05/2018 - 17:20
Makerere University, a partner in the Commonwealth of Learning’s (COL), recently briefed Ugandan parliamentarians on COL’s Lifelong Learning for Farmers (L3F) Model. This dialogue was organised to address the role of parliamentarians and academia in design and implementation of legislative initiatives in relation to food and nutritional security. It also discussed the possibility of initiating efforts to harmonise policies to enhance food and nutrition security. The meeting was held as part of... Read More 0

[Issue 13 and 14] Media Monitoring.Extract for Higher Education news in Africa

Mon, 21/05/2018 - 10:50
Daily Nation Our African Universities are up in arms, and we are at sea (Kenya) Kenya’s universities are in upheaval. Students and lecturers have been in full protest mode in recent months. They are not alone. Across the western border in Uganda, it’s the same story. And they have been at it longer in South Africa. In Ethiopia, not too long ago, they were seeking regime change. Almost everywhere on the continent,... Read More 0

MASTERS FELLOWSHIP: Supporting Young Talented Female Scientists

Thu, 17/05/2018 - 10:54
The World Bank is partnering with eight Governments in Eastern and Southern Africa in an innovative project with the aim of improving the quality of training and research in higher education, and reducing the skill gaps in key development priority areas. The Eastern and Southern Africa Higher Education Centers of Excellence (ACE II) Project supports the governments of Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia in strengthening selected African Centers... Read More 0

Press Release: RUFORUM Vision 2030 first Five year Operational Plan approved by the Board

Tue, 15/05/2018 - 16:47
Kampala, Uganda (15,May 2018) – The first five year (2018-2022) Operational Plan of the RUFORUM Vision 2030 Strategy (The African Universities’ Agenda for Agricultural Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation – AHESTI) has been approved.  The approval took place during the 14th Executive Board Meeting at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, held in Nairobi, Kenya on 12th May 2018 and was chaired by Professor Mabel Imbuga the Board Chairperson. The... Read More 0

Press Release: Dr Uwituze Solange appointed to the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB)

Tue, 15/05/2018 - 13:52
The RUFORUM Secretariat is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Uwituze Solange, the Manager of Partnerships and Business Management (PBM) unit at RUFORUM Secretariat as the Deputy Director General, in charge of animal resources research and technology transfer of the Rwanda Agriculture and Animal Resources Development Board (RAB) by the Rwanda Cabinet meeting held on 27th April of 2018 Dr Uwituze Solange has been at RUFORUM Secretariat for three and a... Read More 0

Entrepreneurship training transformed my life: I started three businesses

Tue, 15/05/2018 - 10:10
By Mercyline Jerusa My name is Mercyline Jerusa and I come from Kakamega County in western Kenya. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Agri-enterprise Development at Egerton University with funding from RUFORUM under the TAGDev (Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development) programme funded by the Mastercard Foundation.  My entrepreneurial journey started during the orientation training organized for the new TAGDev scholars last year.... Read More 0

Scholarship: The African Center for Agro-Ecology and Livelihood Systems 2018/2019 Intake

Tue, 15/05/2018 - 08:21
The African Center for Agro-Ecology and Livelihood Systems (ACALISE) is a regional center of excellence that is funded by the World Bank through the Government of Uganda. The main objective of ACALISE is to streamline the production of high level, well-motivated and ethically conscious critical mass of Agro-Ecology and Livelihood Systems experts. The center which is hosted at Uganda Martyrs University collaborates quality postgraduate education as well as applied research to address... Read More 0

[Issue 12]Media Monitoring. Extract for Higher Education news in Africa

Mon, 14/05/2018 - 17:08
University World News PhD training – Why African government funding is needed (Africa) While international donor funding for PhD training programmes in Africa helps to accelerate progress and achieve results more quickly, financial contributions to such programmes by African governments are critical and have a range of long-term benefits, higher education experts suggest. Aminata Sall Diallo, a professor of physiology at Cheikh Anta Diop University of Dakar in Senegal, and Ekua Bentil,... Read More 0

Private sector and academia: Where is the intersection point?

Thu, 10/05/2018 - 14:41
As pressure mounts on universities to be relevant in addressing key challenges facing society, one of the key areas is engaging with private sector. The universities and private companies have always worked together in an ad hoc and personal basis with no formalised arrangements on how to engage with each other. Part of the reasons for the ad hoc and personal basis of partnership is due to limited understanding of the interest,... Read More 0

Gulu University Vice Chancellor pays a courtesy call to RUFORUM secretariat

Thu, 10/05/2018 - 14:28
The Vice chancellor of Gulu University Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah paid a courtesy call to RUFORUM secretariat on 7th May 2019. A meeting was held at the secretariat with an agenda to hold a National forum in Kampala, Uganda and engage stakeholders on how to support and promote the agenda of how communities should be involve in informing research done by universities, with emphasis of having African Universities solve the problems of... Read More 0