Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 129 African universities operating in 38 countries across Africa has created impact across the continent which has been due to the contributions from several individuals, Institutions and Members. In a meeting held in 2007 at Maputo, Mozambique, the RUFORUM Vice Chancellors decided that RUFORUM should recognize individuals who have made significant contribution towards Higher Education and broad development in Africa. Today 6th May 2021, RUFORUM recognized the contribution of two higher education champions from Uganda, Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu and Dr Gabriel Gadison Ajedra Aridru
Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu has held various leadership positions in higher education as Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Director of Research and Programmes at the Association of African Universities, Chancellor of Kyambogo and of Kampala International Universities, Principal of Kisubi Brothers University College, Principal of Kyambogo Institute of Teacher Education and he is the current and pioneer Vice-Chancellor of the University of Kisubi in Kampala, Uganda
Professor Ssebuwufu has made many distinguished accomplishments in the field of higher education and its management on the African continent. He was the architect of Makerere. Prof Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu is on the left receiving the archolade Dr Gabriel Gadison Ajedra Aridru is on the left receiving the citation University’s ‘quiet revolution’. He championed the establishment of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Development in Agriculture (RUFORUM) that is today a leading continental body for Higher Education in Africa. He contributed greatly to growth in the funding portfolio of the Association of African Universities to support higher education research in Africa. Through his various engagements and participation on various Boards and Councils, he has contributed to promotion of investments in higher education infrastructure, distance learning, new postgraduate curricula, regional ICTs, environmental protection, science technology and innovation, and higher education, not only in Uganda but across Africa.
Dr Gabriel Gadison Ajedra Aridru has served Africa in various capacities. He is the current State Minister of Finance in the Cabinet of Uganda, a position he has held since 2016. He is also the current Director for Kim’s Dreamland Property and Consulting Company of Uganda. Prior to this, he served as the State Minister of Finance for Investments, and as an engineer for the National Water and Sewerage Corporation of Uganda. Dr Ajedra’s international experience includes his service as the Chief Project Coordinator for the Ministry of Works and Transport of Botswana, Lecturer of civil engineering at the University of Botswana, Advisor on Infrastructure for the Government of Botswana, as a Senior lecturer at the Development University of Bahamas, and Assistant lecturer at the University of Brunswick in Canada.
Dr Ajedra Aridru has been a recipient of several scholarly awards and recognitions due to his outstanding performance. Some of his academic and scholarly works have been published in international journals and he been a lead speaker in several international convenings. He has been at the forefront of supporting advancement in the field of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa. He has advocated for intra-Africa collaboration in the field of Higher Education and has championed resource mobilisation for Higher Education in Africa.
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