Kampala 14 October 2020 In line with the decision of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Board and the Annual General meeting decisions of 2019 that established a sub-committee of Principals and Deans, and following guidance of the RUFORUM Board Executive Committee meeting of 23 June 2020, RUFORUM is pleased to announce the constitution of the Principals and Deans Sub-Committee.

This Committee acts on behalf of the Principals and Deans of RUFORUM Network to provide guidance on operational issues coming from member universities, countries and National Forums. It is also responsible for preparing the agenda for the Principals and Deans meetings during the RUFORUM Annual General Meetings and Triennial Conferences

Constituted in-line with the established procedure, the Principals and Deans Sub-Committee is  constituted to take into account; the established procedure of rotational representation among member universities, with the country hosting the AGM assuming the position of Chairperson of the Sub-Committee, and deputised by a representative from the University hosting the AGM in the subsequent year. Four to Five other members form part of the committee to provide for regional and gender representation.

The Sub-Committee reports to the full Principals and Deans Committee which is constituted by representatives of Principals and Deans and Directors of Schools from all RUFORUM member Universities. The Chairperson reports to the RUFORUM Secretariat and the Board Executive Committee.

We are pleased to announce the first Principals and Deans Sub-Committee.

First Principals and Deans Sub Committee effective 1st October 2020

1Dr. Abdelaziz Yasri[1]MaleMohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), MoroccoNorth AfricaHost of 2020 AGM
2Prof. Adedjobi Philippe Laleye[2]MaleUniversity of Abomey Calavi, BeninWest AfricaHost of 2021 AGM & Triennial Conference
3Dr. Nyakudya ElijahMaleUniversity of Zimbabwe, ZimbabweSouthern AfricaHost of 2022 AGM
4Dr. Abel AtukwaseMaleMakerere University, UgandaEastern AfricaHost of 2023 AGM
5Dr. Simon AngombeMaleUniversity of Namibia, NamibiaSouthern AfricaHost of 2024 AGM & Triennial
6Dr. Tinna MananiFemaleLilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, MalawiSouthern AfricaFemale Representative
7Prof. Juma ShabaniMaleUniversity of Burundi, BurundiCentral AfricaRegional Representative

Note to Editors


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), is a consortium of 129 African universities operating in 38 countries on the continent with a mission to ‘strengthen the capacities of Universities to foster innovations responsive to demands of smallholder farmers through the training of high quality researchers, the output of impact oriented research and the maintenance of collaborative working relations among researchers, farmers, national agricultural research institutions’. RUFORUM was established by Vice Chancellors in 2004 with a Secretariat hosted at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda. In 2014 RUFORUM signed a MoU with the African Union Commission to support implementation of the Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024) Priority One on reducing poverty and ensuring food and nutrition security. RUFORUM has supported the training of 1958 MSc and 536 PhD graduates, of whom 98% work in their countries or region, the generation of over 300 agricultural technologies and mobilized over US$214.9 million for strengthening postgraduate education in Africa. Please visit www.ruforum.org for more information.

For additional information, photos and interviews, contact the following persons


Maureen AgenaCorporate Communications, & Advocacy Specialistm.agena@ruforum.org

[1] Chairperson until 2021 Triennial Conference

[2] Vice Chairperson until 2021 Triennial Conference and to assume Chairmanship after 2021 Triennial Conference up to 2022 AGM when he hands over to the Chair from Zimbabwe: The rotation system to continue in subsequent years

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