Category: Annual General Meeting 2017

RUFORUM and the Gates Foundation partner to skill African universities in science leadership


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) trained 48 senior academic leaders from RUFORUM member universities in science and academic leadership. Organized as a post-RUFORUM Annual General Meeting event, the training was held at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi from 29th October to 1st November 2017. The training … Read More RUFORUM and the Gates Foundation partner to skill African universities in science leadership

Higher Education for Agricultural Transformation


It could very well be that the first half of the 21st century will be remembered as the period when Africa came into its own. These five decades could be a period of steady economic growth and one is which the rapid increase of the working age population actually pays the long promised demographic dividend.  Whether this dream is realized will of course depend … Read More Higher Education for Agricultural Transformation

The role of Higher Education Institutions in catalysing agricultural innovation systems


The World Bank in its Investment Sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems spells out the critical role of agricultural education and training as a creator of capacity and supplier of the human resources that populate key segments of the agricultural innovation system (AIS) and enable it to function more effectively1. Apart from the provision of technical knowledge, which is the traditional focus of higher education, … Read More The role of Higher Education Institutions in catalysing agricultural innovation systems

RUFORUM Member Universities trained on Proposal writing Skills


As part of activities in the achievement of its core mandate, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) facilitates coordinates and implements skills enhancement workshops for University faculty, students and other stakeholders in higher education. During the 13th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting that happened from 26-27 October 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi, RUFORUM and its member universities took the opportunity to train … Read More RUFORUM Member Universities trained on Proposal writing Skills

Agricultural transformation and the role of African Universities


Africa has been described by Mckinsey, as ‘Lions on the move’ to describe the growth in the consumer sector in many of its countries and its tremendous potential. Much has been achieved, as indicated by the remarkable economic growth indexes, albeit from a low starting point. The Continent however, continues to lag behind in several development indices, including rampant hunger and poverty in several … Read More Agricultural transformation and the role of African Universities

The untapped potential of regional programmes support to higher education


Recent developments have brought higher education and especially university education back to the fore. The realization that no county can develop without investment in higher education has increased focus on the expectations against a backdrop of historical funding and quality challenges. The resurgence of focus for higher education has manifested in the change in the funding and continued engagement between the higher education sector … Read More The untapped potential of regional programmes support to higher education

The Role of Higher Education in creating inclusive societies


The RUFORUM ‘Vision 2030’ outlines a proposed agenda for how African universities within the network intend to position themselves to improve agricultural higher education, science, technology and innovation in Africa by the year 2030. The ambition of the agenda is to harness the discovery, engagement and learning of vibrant transformative universities to catalyse sustainable inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity for Africa. … Read More The Role of Higher Education in creating inclusive societies

RUFORUM: An Innovative Mechanism for engaging African Universities for Development


Prologue: The promise of Africa, as a vibrant strong player in the global economy, remains steadfast, especially, after an impressive 15-year period of steady economic growth. During that period, per capita GDP surged to an average of 3%. However, more recently, this remarkable upturn in the continent’s development fortunes, have diminished, raising concerns about Africa’s renaissance. Nevertheless,  the continent, through its vision 2063, the“ … Read More RUFORUM: An Innovative Mechanism for engaging African Universities for Development

Adapting the EARTH University Model in Africa


I write this article as a young African woman with a passion for her continent and a hunger for innovation. As I attended one of the pre-events of the 13th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting in Lilongwe, Malawi, I happened to sit in one of the side events in which the Provost for EARTH University, Dr Daniel Sherrard shared the vision of EARTH University with … Read More Adapting the EARTH University Model in Africa

Reflections on the 13th RUFORUM AGM


RUFORUM’s 13th Annual General Meeting had a number of side events and a record breaking 386 participants. The main theme was RUFORUM Vision 2030, an agenda to align RUFORUM activities to contribute to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Africa Agenda2063- the ‘Africa We Want’ RUFORUM’s Vision 2030 strategy aims to create vibrant transformative universities catalysing sustainable inclusive agricultural development to feed and create prosperity … Read More Reflections on the 13th RUFORUM AGM

Visit to Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)


I had the opportunity to visit the Bunda campus of the Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) during the thirteenth Annual General Meeting of RUFORUM in Malawi. LUANAR is five years old but its history traces back to 1966 when Bunda college was a constituent of the University of Malawi. LUANAR’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. George Kanyama-Phiri welcomed the guests on behalf of … Read More Visit to Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR)

RUFORUM Trains University Faculty to Develop and Manage University and Community Transforming Programmes and Projects


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) trained thirty three (33) faculty from twenty two (22) universities in thirteen (13[1]) countries in Africa and Europe in transformative training and research programmes development and projects management. The training with the objective of enhancing university faculty skills to develop and manage university and community transforming programmes and projects was conducted at Bingu International … Read More RUFORUM Trains University Faculty to Develop and Manage University and Community Transforming Programmes and Projects

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