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Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University Ranks among Top 250 Agriculture Programmes Worldwide since its inception in 1889

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 23:25
For the first time since its inception in 1889, the Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University has been ranked among Top 250 Agriculture Programmes Worldwide. The 2017 QS University Rankings report by subject ranks the Faculty of Agriculture, Cairo University in the range of 201-250 top university programmes Worldwide in the category of ‘Agriculture- Forestry’.  Cairo University is a member of RUFORUM since 2016. According to Prof. Hany El-Shemy, Dean of the Faculty... Read More 0

Consensus Study: Revitalizing Agricultural Education and Training in South Africa

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 15:33
The Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf) has as a specific mandate the provision of evidence-based scientific advice to South African policymakers on matters of crucial scientific importance. Evidence-based study project activities thus form the core of the Academy’s function. This consensus study was initiated by the ASSAf Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education Standing Committee, deriving from a deep concern about the status of agricultural education and training (AET)... Read More 0

Mrs Blessing Adanta Odogwu, a RUFORUM PhD scholar, shares her doctoral Journey as midcareer woman and a mother

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 15:06
As I and my active toddler daughter boarded the flight from the Port Harcourt International Airport, Omagwa, I felt nostalgic at first for leaving my family and friends behind, and fear of the unknown. As I got to Kigali International airport, I became anxious of how to manage my work-life balance. As the airplane touch-down at Entebbe International airport, I was determined to succeed in achieving my career goal- as a seasoned... Read More 0

University of Zambia’s Dr Alice Mweetwa scoops two awards for research excellence

Fri, 29/09/2017 - 11:42
The Council, Management and staff of the University of Zambia would like to profoundly congratulate Soil Microbiologist, Dr Alice Kabaso Mutiti Mweetwa, who has been honoured with the 2017 Young African Re-searchers and the 2016 National Science and Technology Merit Awards. This year, Dr Mweetwa has scooped the 2017 Young African Researchers Award for the category of Agriculture and Food Science. This is a continental recognition given by the Academy of Scientific... Read More 0

RUFORUM to hold its 13th Annual General Meeting hosted by the Government of Malawi, 25th-27th October, Lilongwe, Malawi

Sat, 23/09/2017 - 09:55
Every year, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 66 universities in 26 African countries, holds an Annual General Meeting which offers an opportunity for its members, stakeholders, and partners to take stoke on the performance, relevance, and sustainability of the RUFORUM network.  This year the RUFORUM 13th Annual General Meeting will be held 25th-27th October, at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi, jointly hosted... Read More 0

RUFORUM Trains 45 in Scientific Data Management

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 17:42
RUFORUM in collaboration with the University of Gezira organized for a four–day Scientific Data Management Training course. The training was held on 23rd – 26th August 2017 at the Agricultural Research Cooperation (ARC), Wad Medani, and Sudan. The aim was to enhance the ability of university staff and postgraduate students to report their research findings in a format that would ensure their wide dissemination as peer reviewed publications and for policy formulation.... Read More 0

Meet RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) Beneficiaries

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 15:18
Since the official launch of its Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) programme in 2014, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has facilitated the placement of over 65 academic staff from across Africa on PhD programmes within the continent.  RUFORUM, in collaboration with its member universities, is committed to contributing to the wider objectives of increasing access and quality of post graduate programmes in Africa. To this end, the Vice... Read More 0

Call for articles: Nature & Faune journal

Fri, 22/09/2017 - 12:03
Deadline for submitting manuscripts for the next issue is 1 December 2017. Theme: Creating a forest landscape restoration movement in Africa: a call to heal planet Earth Aim and scope of Nature & Faune: Nature & Faune is a broad multidisciplinary publication on topics that are critical for achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. It is a peer-reviewed, open access, international and bilingual (English and French) publication of the FAO Regional Office for... Read More 0

Apply Now: Australia Awards – Africa Short Courses

Mon, 18/09/2017 - 07:53
Applications for the 2018 intake, open from 1 September 2017 – 15 January 2018 Australia Awards – Africa Short Courses Australia Awards – Africa Short Courses provide short-term training opportunities for African professionals in specialised fields. The objective of the Australia Awards – Africa Short Courses is to develop the capacity and leadership skills of Africans so they can contribute more effectively to development in their home countries. Course duration range between... Read More 0

STIAS Iso Lomso Call for Applications 2017 Now Open: Apply Now

Thu, 07/09/2017 - 14:34
Iso Lomso Fellowships for Early Career African Researchers 2017 Call for Applications is now open Iso Lomso Fellowships provide an exceptional early career opportunity for Africa’s brightest minds in academia. Iso Lomso means ‘the eye of tomorrow’ in isiXhosa: seeing towards the future, laying the foundations for tomorrow. Iso Lomso Fellows will enjoy: a three-year attachment to STIAS during which time they may spend a total of ten months in residence at... Read More 0

RUFORUM International Advisory Panel Chair to head Zimbabwean State University Council

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 10:10
The Chairperson of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) International Advisory Panel (IAP), Prof. Rukudzo Murapa, has been appointed Council Chairman of Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences in Zimbabwe. The appointment was made by President Robert Mugabe who also doubles as Chancellor of State Universities in Zimbabwe. Prof. Murapa’s appointment runs for three years up to 27 June 2020. Manicaland State University of Applied Sciences is a... Read More 0

Call for Expression of Interest to Participate – AFRI-Lead Programme

Fri, 01/09/2017 - 09:00
African Universities Leadership and Management Training Programme (AFRI-Lead) Call for Expression of Interest to Participate Deadline: September 30th 2017 23:59 GMT (East African Standard Time) Open to: 66 RUFORUM member universities[1] managers: Deputy Vice Chancellors, Academic Registrars and Directors of Institutes. Introduction Universities have immense responsibility and contribution to economic and social transformation of societies globally. African universities have in the recent past been called upon to play a more significant role... Read More 0

RUFORUM supports member universities to mobilise 4.2 Million Euro to train 106 Postgraduate students in Africa

Wed, 30/08/2017 - 11:04
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) through the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme has raised Euro 4,198,375 Million to support training of 106 postgraduate students in 11 African universities. The resources mobilized will support the training of 71 Masters and 35 PhD students. It will also facilitate the movement of 20 academic and administrative staff from 17 African countries in the period of five years (2017 to 2022). In... Read More 0

Call for expression of interest to provide External Audit services to RUFORUM for the year 2017/2018

Wed, 23/08/2017 - 11:16
Ref: RUF/EOI/IA/08/17 RUFORUM wishes to engage the services of an External Auditor of international reputation for the year 2017-2018 in accordance with the statutory requirements, International Reporting Standards Guidelines and International Standards on Auditing (ISA). Scope of the Assignment The audit will be conducted in accordance with ISA as published by the International Auditing and Assurance Standards Board of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), with special reference to ISA 800 (Auditor’s... Read More 0

Strengthening capacity for teaching and research through African Universities – RUFORUM/DAAD award 9 scholarships

Thu, 17/08/2017 - 13:47
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to announce winners of the 2017 DAAD/RUFORUM in-region and in-country scholarships. Since 2011, RUFORUM has been in collaboration with the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) to promote the regional doctoral training programmes offered by RUFORUM member universities in the East African Region. The collaboration offers opportunities for university staff and African scientists to enhance their qualifications by enrolling in doctoral... Read More 0

RUFORUM-USADF collaboration to create opportunities for underserved communities in Africa

Wed, 16/08/2017 - 11:31
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized and participated in the 2017 Global Workshop of the United States African Development Foundation (USADF). Held at the University of Maryland, the workshop was funded through a grant from USADF, a U.S. Government agency established to support African-owned enterprises, which improve lives in poor and vulnerable communities on the continent. Over 80 participants took part in the 10-day meeting including 22... Read More 0

Despite the language barrier, I graduated on time

Wed, 16/08/2017 - 11:21
 By Hanaa Tharwat Mohamed Ibrahim My name is Hanaa Tharwat Mohamed Ibrahim and I come from Sudan. I hold a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in Soil and Water Science from the University of Gezira which I obtained in March 2009. After my graduation, I worked as an Assistant at the Agricultural Research Corporation in Sudan in the laboratory of the Land and Water Research Center from 2009 to 2012. I then took... Read More 0

Call for Proposals: RUFORUM Community Action Research Programme

Mon, 07/08/2017 - 11:48
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation is implementing an eight year programme “Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev)”. The TAGDev Programme seeks to transform African agricultural universities and their graduates to better respond to developmental challenges through enhanced application of science, technology, business and innovation for rural agricultural transformation. This is to announce the 2017/2018... Read More 0

Stakeholders call for reform in higher agricultural education in Africa

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 18:16
Stakeholders engaged in higher education in Africa gathered in Gaborone, Botswana from 25th to 30th July 2017 to map out transformations necessary to increase the contribution of higher agricultural education to Africa’s development. Convened by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with Botswana University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (BUAN), the meeting was attended by representatives from the World Bank, African Union Commission, International Food Policy... Read More 0

My experience at ICRISAT under the RUFORUM Field Attachment Programme Award (FAPA)

Fri, 04/08/2017 - 17:57
By Dr. Koech Oscar Kipchirchir, RUFORUM-ICRISAT postdoc student In 2017, I was awarded a Field Attachment Programme Award (FAPA) by RUFORUM to support my field attachment internship at the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT) in Kenya. My research interest was on utilisation of sorghum as a source of food and feed in an integrated production system. The main focus was to demonstrate the advantage of crop-livestock integration in... Read More 0