Category: 5th Biennial Conference

New Publication: Part Two of the RUFORUM Working Document Series Vol. 14


We thank all authors who submitted short and extended abstracts for the Fifth African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference that was held 17-21 October 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.  We received close to 500 papers which were all subjected to peer review process. Following the reviews, we published in October 2016 the first batch of 130 papers in the RUFORUM Working … Read More New Publication: Part Two of the RUFORUM Working Document Series Vol. 14

African Union Chairperson announces a Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government to Champion Higher Education in Africa


Ten African Heads of State and Government have been constituted into a Committee to champion Higher Education, Science and Technology in Africa, as part of the efforts to strengthen the role of Science and Technology to enhance the realization of economic growth on the continent. This announcement was made by Her Excellency, Dr. Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma, Chairperson of the African Union Commission at the … Read More African Union Chairperson announces a Committee of Ten Heads of State and Government to Champion Higher Education in Africa

A life changing experience


Written by: Sesethu Nyeleka, University of Fort Hare, South Africa The fifth biennial RUFORUM conference held from the 17th to the 21st of October was the first of its kind on the South African Soil. The conference took place at Century City Conference Center in Cape Town, co-organized with the Agricultural Research Council (ARC), Centre for Coordinating Agricultural Research in Southern Africa (CCARDESA), and … Read More A life changing experience

Partnership to transform agricultural education


By Munyaradzi Makoni, University World News A ground-breaking partnership between the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and The MasterCard Foundation is aiming to strengthen efforts to revamp the agriculture curriculum across Africa. It is seeking to transform agriculture into a vibrant sector linked to African universities that can produce high-performing graduates and high-quality research. The eight-year programme backed with US$27.1 … Read More Partnership to transform agricultural education

Forum commits to producing more agriculture PhDs


Sixty vice-chancellors who constitute the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture, RUFORUM, have committed to train 325 PhD students over the next five years through intra-African academic mobility. “If we all meet to our commitment to train five students each with our own resources, we will have 375 PhDs by the end of five years,” Professor Mabel Imbuga, RUFORUM board chair and … Read More Forum commits to producing more agriculture PhDs

Stellenbosch University plays host to agricultural leaders and students as part of RUFORUM programme


Stellenbosch University (SU) was the meeting place for a host of current and future leaders in agricultural higher education and research in Africa – from deans and vice-chancellors to undergraduate and PhD students. They visited campus on Monday as part of the 5th African Higher Agricultural Education Week and the Biennial Conference of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). Stellenbosch … Read More Stellenbosch University plays host to agricultural leaders and students as part of RUFORUM programme

Celebrating excellence as RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 draws to a close


The week’s activities ended on a high note with standout academic and entrepreneurial achievements being officially recognised. RUFORUM’s 15 emerging innovators were each presented with the Young African Entrepreneurs Award and the best student posters were handpicked by a special panel. Seven academics were recognised for their extraordinary contributions to RUFORUM’s goals, including: Prof Frans Swanepoel, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research & Innovation at the … Read More Celebrating excellence as RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 draws to a close

Alliances key to quality higher education in Africa


The important role of inter-institutional alliances was highlighted on Friday, as delegates discussed the steps to improving the quality of higher education at African universities. Keynote speaker, African Academy of Sciences Executive Director Prof Berhanu Abegaz, set the tone for much of the discussions with the statement: “The need for increasing quality is not a choice – it has to be done.” Abegaz however … Read More Alliances key to quality higher education in Africa

Reaching the farmer


Several discussions on Thursday last week were dominated by conversations around the best ways of connecting with farmers. Keynote speaker Prof Patrick Okori (ICRISAT) told delegates despite the increased reach of communication technology, over 500 million people are not benefiting that much from agriculture due to limited access to relevant information and market knowledge, adding: “The farming landscape has not changed, despite technological changes … Read More Reaching the farmer

FARA ED Calls for the Modernization of Africa’s Food Production Systems Through Science at the AfricaHEWeek2016.


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) convened the 5th African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 in Cape town South Africa from 17th– 21st October, 2016.  RUFORUM is an institution that oversee graduate training and networks of specialization across Africa and primarily within the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). With the conference themed “Linking Agricultural … Read More FARA ED Calls for the Modernization of Africa’s Food Production Systems Through Science at the AfricaHEWeek2016.

The future of university funding and the Private Sector


The factors needed for increased innovation at university level were discussed on Wednesday as the 5th African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2016 entered its second day. Acknowledging the importance of attracting private sector support, the day kicked off with a session titled Linking Universities with Private Sector for agri-business innovations. Although the benefits – funding and outcome-based research – were obvious, … Read More The future of university funding and the Private Sector

Her Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma thanked for her Leadership role in driving Africa’s Agenda


By Pauline Atim, Social Media Reporter In light of her impending retirement from the African Union Chairmanship, Her Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma was treated to a dinner by RUFORUM, during the Africa Higher Education Week in Cape Town, South Africa. The dinner was held as a token of appreciation for the support, guidance and advice her office has provided to RUFORUM network. Amongst the distinguished … Read More Her Excellency Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma thanked for her Leadership role in driving Africa’s Agenda

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