Kampala 13, January 2020 At its 15th Annual General Meeting held 6th December 2019 at the University of Cape Coast, Ghana, RUFORUM formally approved further expansion of its membership and ratified the admission of 20 Universities as full member Universities of RUFORUM Network from a total of twelve (12) countries in Africa.
This now brings the total number of RUFORUM member Universities to 125 from 38 Countries, in comparison to 10 Universities from five countries in 2004. The Newly admitted Universities are; Universite’ de Kisangani and Universite’ Officielle de Bukavu from the Demiocratic Republic of Congo, L’Universite De Bamenda (Cameroon) Aksum University (Ethiopia), Maseno University (Kenya), Somalia National University(Somalia), West Kordufan University (Sudan), University of Mpumalanga (South Africa), Mulungushi University (Zambia), Midlands State University and Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology (Zimbabwe), Universite’ Nationale d’Agriculture and University of Parakou (Benin), Cape Coast Technical University, Koforidua Technical University, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology and University of Education, Winneba (Ghana), Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta, Federal University Dutsin-ma and Nnamdi Azikiwe University (Nigeria).
Prof. George Kanyama-Phiri, the Chairperson of RUFORUM Board stated that “the growth and expansion in membership is a sign that RUFORUM has come of age and therefore, this will help the network to carry out its core mission, which is to strengthen the capacities of Universities to foster innovations responsive to the demands of smallholder farmers and value chains through the training of high quality researchers”. He added that this step responds to critical issues for network growth owing to the increased demand from Universities to be admitted into the RUFORUM network. It clearly demonstrates the RUFORUM value addition to Universities and the contribution to higher education in Africa and beyond.
RUFORUM member Universities are focusing on investing in science and institutional capacity development, and also in building the human capital base in Africa. Because many universities in Africa have for so long been seen as de-linked from communities, the RUFORUM Network universities have been called upon to redirect the way universities do their research to closely link with the communities, RUFORUM Network has focused on harnessing the resident capacity that exist in universities to foster collaboration rather than competition. RUFORUM continues to attract especially postgraduate students to agriculture and natural sciences in the continent and achieve significant economies of scope and scale in rigorous and relevant training and research. RUFORUM is guided by its vision 2030 of Vibrant, transformative universities catalysing sustainable, inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa. With its expanded membership, the network is now comprised of member Universities from Central Africa (Burundi, Cameroon, Congo Brazaville, Democratic Republic of Congo-DRC, Gabon, Chad), Eastern Africa (Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda), North Africa (Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia), Southern Africa (Angola, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe), and West Africa (Benin, Cote d’lvoire, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Senegal and Togo). The Network’s Secretariat is in Kampala, Uganda and hosted by Makerere University, one of the founding members.
On behalf of the Network, Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary RUFORUM welcomes all the new member Universities and believes that their joining of the network will strengthen its operations in the various Member States.
Below are the newly admitted member Universities as of December 2019
|Central||DRC||1||Universite’ de Kisangani||Kisangani|
|2||Universite’ Officielle de Bukavu||Bukavu|
|Cameroun||3||L’Universite De Bamenda||P. O Box 39 Bambili|
P.O Box 1010 Axum, Ethiopia
|Kenya||5||Maseno University||Maseno University,
P.O. Box 3275-40100, KISUMU, Kenya
|Somalia||6||Somalia National University||Somalia National University Coloumbia Road Reg> X/Wayne P.O Box 15 Mogadishu, Somalia|
|Sudan||7||West Kordufan University||Sudan|
|Southern||South Africa||8||University of Mpumalanga||Vice Chancellor University of Mpumalanga Private Bag X11283
Cnr R40 and D725 Roads|Riverside|Mbombela,1200
Great North Road Campus
P.O Box 80415, Kabwe, Zambia
|Zimbabwe||10||Marondera University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology||
CSC Campus Plot 151,
Longlands Road, Marondera
P.O Box 35 Marondera, Zimbabwe
|11||Midlands State University||Midlands State University Private Bag Number 9055, Gweru Zimbabwe|
|Western||Benin||12||Universite’ Nationale d’Agriculture||
Universite’ Nationale d’Agriculture
01 BP 55 Porto-Novo,
|13||University of Parakou||University of Parakou BP 123|
|Ghana||14||Cape Coast Technical University||P. O Box DL 50 Cape Coast|
|15||Koforidua Technical University||Koforidua Technical University P.O Box KF 981 Koforidua|
|16||Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology||Kumasi|
|17||University of Education, Winneba||P. O Box 25 Winneba, Ghana|
|Nigeria||18||Federal University of Agriculture Abeokuta||PMB 2240 Abeokuta, Ogun State, Nigeria|
|19||Federal University Dutsin-ma||
Federal University of Dutsin-Ma
P.M.B 5001 Dutsin-Ma,
Katsina State, Nigeria
|20||Nnamdi Azikiwe University||
P.M.B 5025 Awka
Anambra State, Nigeria