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Prof. Adipala Ekwamu awarded Honorary Doctorate by University of Gezira

Fri, 28/06/2019 - 15:07
In a meeting held on Sunday 23rd June 2019, the Senate of University of Gezira (Sudan), awarded an Honorary Doctorate to Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). Prof Adipala was recognised for his outstanding scientific achievements as a university professor, his strong belief in Africa driving its agenda and in higher education being key to the development in Africa. The University Senate... Read More 0

Collaboration for youth business incubation: Bishop Stuart University partners with PUM Netherlands

Fri, 28/06/2019 - 14:37
Bishop Stuart University (BSU) in Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PUM Netherlands senior experts to gain from PUM’s expertise in setting up business incubators.  In this two-year agreement, signed in February 2019, BSU staff and students will benefit from capacity building activities offered by PUM. The two organisations will also jointly engage with small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), the wider business community in the region as well as government... Read More 0

[Issue 47] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Tue, 25/06/2019 - 08:48
University World News Understanding the impact of grants at universities (Africa) Since Africa’s earliest modern public universities were established on the continent in the 1940s, these institutions have struggled to generate adequate and sustainable funding. For the most part, universities on the continent depend on money from national governments; grants; donations from international donor communities and industries to fund their learning, teaching and research activities. But most lack proper institutional evaluation to... Read More 0

[Issue 46] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Tue, 25/06/2019 - 08:39
University World News Predatory journals in the firing line (South Africa) South Africa’s Department of Higher Education and Training (DHET) has begun clamping down on academics publishing in predatory journals, withholding at least ZAR62 million (US$4.2 million) in subsidies during the 2016-17 academic year, with further action on the cards once a study is completed, according to Mahlubi ‘Chief’ Mabizela, a senior department official. “Predatory publishing is a threat to the credibility... Read More 0

Bourses de doctorat PASET RSIF: Bourse de formation doctorale de 3-4 ans dans le domaine thématique prioritaire PASET RSIF

Thu, 13/06/2019 - 12:50
Le Partenariat pour les compétences en sciences appliquées, ingénierie et technologies (PASET) est une initiative pilotée par le continent africain avec l’objectif de renforcer les compétences en sciences appliquées, en ingénierie et en technologies afin de poursuivre la transformation socio-économique de l’Afrique subsaharienne. Le Fonds Régional de Bourses d’études et d’Innovation (RSIF) est le programme phare du PASET. L’objectif principal du RSIF est de former des doctorants et postdoctorants de haut niveau... Read More 0

PASET RSIF PhD scholarships: 3-4 Year Doctoral Training Scholarship in PASET RSIF Priority Thematic Area

Thu, 13/06/2019 - 12:45
The Partnership for skills in Applied Sciences, Engineering and Technology (PASET) is an African-led initiative with the objective of strengthening skills in the Applied Science, engineering and Technology to further socio-economic transformation in sub- Saharan Africa (SSA). The Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund (RSIF) is the flagship program of PASET. The primary objective of RSIF is to train high quality PhD and post-doctoral students to address the human resource gap of highly... Read More 0


Fri, 31/05/2019 - 16:07
Prof. Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, has won the 2019 Young African Researchers Award.  He was selected for “authenticity and quality of scientific research in the field of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The award was given to him by the Academy of Scientific research and Technology (ASRT) of Egypt. The 2019 award was announced by the ASRT Council of the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology at its... Read More 0

Egerton University hosts 2nd National Forum for agriculture stakeholders in Kenya

Fri, 31/05/2019 - 15:53
  The Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development (TAGDev) Programme at Egerton University held its second National Forum from 12th to 13th March 2019 in Naivasha, Kenya. With the key objective of creating and promoting linkages between agricultural education, training, labour markets and policy makers, the National Forum brought together participants from several universities, Technical and Vocational Education and Training institutions (TVETs), development partners, agricultural industry... Read More 0


Fri, 31/05/2019 - 15:10
RUFORUM wishes to engage the services of an External Auditor of international reputation for the year 2019-2020 in accordance with the statutory requirements, International Reporting Standards Guidelines and International Standards on Auditing (ISA). RUFORUM therefore, invites eligible firms to submit their proposals for the provision of external audit services to RUFORUM. Interested firms should provide proposals demonstrating that they have the required qualifications and relevant experience to perform this Services. Firms are... Read More 0

Pioneer RUFORUM student, Prof Patience Mshenga, appointed to ASARECA Board

Mon, 27/05/2019 - 08:01
Prof. Patience Mshenga, one of the pioneer RUFORUM supported PhD graduates, was on May 2nd, 2019 appointed to serve on the Executive Board of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA). ASARECA is an inter-governmental organisation comprised of 12 member countries set up to address the common challenges and opportunities to agricultural research and development through collective action. On the board, Prof. Mshenga will represent higher education... Read More 0

Preparing for work in the potato sector: TAGDev students participate in field attachment at National Potato Council of Kenya

Mon, 27/05/2019 - 07:55
For two months, at the tail  end of 2018, three students supported by the TAGDev Potato Community Action Research Project (CARP+) were attached for internship at the National Potato Council of Kenya (NPCK) based in Nairobi. They were among the five students of the first cohort of Master of Science in Community Studies and Extension at Egerton University sponsored by the TAGDev Programme coordinated by RUFORUM and funded by the MasterCard Foundation.... Read More 0

[Issue 44] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Wed, 22/05/2019 - 10:13
University World News Digital skills demand – A big opportunity for universities (Africa) The International Finance Corporation (IFC) has urged universities and higher technical education institutions in Sub-Saharan Africa to improve their digital skills training programmes to cater for its prediction that over 230 million jobs in the region will need digital skills by 2030.  The study, Digital Skills in Sub-Saharan Africa: Spotlight on Ghana, was produced in cooperation with global strategy... Read More 0

[Issue 43] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Tue, 21/05/2019 - 11:44
University World News Applied universities – A viable path to higher education (Ethiopia) The idea of the applied university is growing as an enticing concept in developed and developing countries alike, offering a vehicle for system differentiation and the production of high-level practical skills.The applied university goes by many names – polytechnic university, university of applied sciences, vocational university, applied technological university – according to what countries think best describes their context.For... Read More 0

[Issue 42] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Tue, 21/05/2019 - 11:41
University World News Using intellectual property to actualise universities’ potential (Africa) Four African universities are among five institutions that have been picked to participate in a continental intellectual property (IP) pilot project, aimed at helping public teaching and research organisations build capacity for developing and implementing institutional IP policy and strategy. The project is being implemented by global IP organisation the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) in collaboration with two continental bodies,... Read More 0


Mon, 20/05/2019 - 11:46
Kampala 20 May 2019 The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) renewed its Memorandum of Understanding with the European Alliance on Agricultural Knowledge for Development (AGRINATURA). The signing of the MoU took place during the AGRINATURA Annual General Meeting held at the Agro- Biotech Centre at Gembloux, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, University of Liege, Belgium which took place 15th- 16th May 2019.  Present at the signing were AGRINATURA Member... Read More 0

[Issue 33] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 14:49
The standard Media There is a real difference between earning and getting a PhD (General) The PhD continues to be a scarce qualification even as the Commission for University Education (CUE) insists that all academics teaching in universities must hold one. The PhD is the highest university qualification that can be conferred by a university. At its core, the PhD process assumes that a candidate has thought through and produced original research... Read More 0

Dr. Alice Mweetwa Joins RUFORUM as the Deputy Executive Secretary

Fri, 26/04/2019 - 12:52
Monrovia 26 April 2019 At the RUFORUM 17th Board Executive Meeting held in Monrovia, Liberia from 24th to 25th April 2019, Dr. Alice Mweetwa was appointed and confirmed as the Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Programme Development and Implementation. She will officially commence work on 01 July 2019 and will be based at the RUFORUM Secretariat hosted at Makerere University in Uganda.  Dr. Mweetwa now joins Dr. Florence Nakayiwa who is the... Read More 0

His Excellency George Manneh Weah the President of the Republic of Liberia Meets RUFORUM Delegation in Monrovia

Thu, 25/04/2019 - 22:42
Monrovia 25 April 2019 A delegation from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has today paid a courtesy call to His Excellency George Manneh Weah the President of the Republic of Liberia at his Capitol Hill residence in Monrovia. This meeting comes ahead of the preparations for a symposium on higher education in Liberia scheduled to take place on 26th April 2019 Organised in partnership with the University... Read More 0


Sat, 13/04/2019 - 17:32
Kampala 13 April 2019   The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is an implementing partner for the SENTINEL project. The SENTINEL is an interdisciplinary research project seeking to address the challenge of achieving ‘zero hunger’ in sub-Saharan Africa, while at the same time reducing inequalities and conserving ecosystems with special focus on Ethiopia, Zambia and Ghana. Through this project, RUFORUM will provide 27 PhD research scholarships. RUFORUM is a... Read More 0

Opportunities at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Morocco: PhD, Teaching and Research

Sat, 06/04/2019 - 00:55
9 PhD opportunities for the next generation of agricultural research scientists for Africa. Candidates will work with Cranfield University (UK), Rothamsted Research (UK) and Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (Morocco). Deadline: 5 May 2019   Assistant Professor Positions within the Agrobiosciences unit at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Morocco. Deadline: 30 April 2019 Assistant Professor of Agronomy Assistant Professor of Animal Science Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics Assistant Professor of Biosaline Agriculture Assistant Professor... Read More 0