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University of Nairobi to bid for a center of excellence


The University of Nairobi (UoN) will join other regional universities in bidding to host one of the centres of excellence being funded by the World Bank. This was revealed during a consultative meeting between The University of Nairobi (UoN) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM). The World Bank African Higher Education Centres of Excellence initiative will meet the demand … Read More University of Nairobi to bid for a center of excellence

10 lessons from supporting eLearning development in the RUFORUM Network


The RUFORUM information and communication technology (ICT) program was established in 2009. One of its goals is to support the member universities to implement technology-mediated teaching and learning. The intended outcome is member universities improving the quality of learning delivery. When this happens quality students would be produced and in turn contribute towards solving Africa’s development challenges. In 2009 the RUFORUM Secretariat carried out … Read More 10 lessons from supporting eLearning development in the RUFORUM Network

Engaging Stakeholders in Higher Education to respond to Call for Proposals


As part of efforts to ensure effective partnerships with user-led processes and thus engage in articulating demand for relevant research and capacity building, RUFORUM is an active partner and leader of Work Package – Capacities in the EU-supported project “Platform for African-European Partnerships for Research and Development (PAEPARD). The PAEPARD Project is led by the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA); and brings … Read More Engaging Stakeholders in Higher Education to respond to Call for Proposals

Dual Mission of Dlamini-Zuma and Sall: Lobbying for Higher Education on Parallel Agendas


Written by Damtew Teferra Ph.D. Dr. Damtew Teferra wrote the discussion paper on Investment in Higher Education in Africa and led the higher education expert team which developed the background papers in the lead up to the Summit. He is a professor of higher education at the University of Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa, founding director of the International Network for Higher Education in Africa, Editor-in-Chief … Read More Dual Mission of Dlamini-Zuma and Sall: Lobbying for Higher Education on Parallel Agendas

Setting Goals to Revitalize Africa’s Higher Education Systems


  STORY HIGHLIGHTS A continental summit in Dakar March 10-12 brought governments, academics, international development partners, and entrepreneurs together to develop a common vision towards transforming Africa’s higher education system. Hosted by TrustAfrica, the summit explored the challenges currently confronting the continent in terms of investment, financing, harmonization, access, quality, diversity, and graduate employability. Young Africans represent a burgeoning share of the population in … Read More Setting Goals to Revitalize Africa’s Higher Education Systems

Open Education Week: Featuring the RUFORUM Open Knowledge Repository


This week (9-13 March 2015) is the Open Education Week – a celebration of the global Open Education Movement. Its purpose is to raise awareness about open education and its impact on teaching and learning worldwide. Open education encompasses resources, tools and practices that employ a framework of open sharing to improve educational access and effectiveness. RUFORUM is pleased to share with you the … Read More Open Education Week: Featuring the RUFORUM Open Knowledge Repository

New Publication: Agricultural Innovations for Sustainable Development


This publication has come out of the 3rd Africa-wide Women and Young Professionals in Science Competitions, and it profiles the achievements of the semi-finalists and all who participated. The two competitions were both timely and strategic as science, technology and innovation is increasingly regarded as an important ingredient for agricultural transformation and sustained socioeconomic development in Africa. Policymakers at national, continental and international levels … Read More New Publication: Agricultural Innovations for Sustainable Development

Improving the yield of sweet potato crops in East Africa


Uganda is one of the leading producers of Sweet potato in Africa. But research into this staple crop has been neglected with farmers recycling diseased and poor yielding varieties. Bionnovate has been working to improve the yield of sweet potato crops in East Africa. Dr. Settumba Mukasa is the Bioinnovate project scientist at Makerere University and also a Principal Investigator on the RUFORUM Community … Read More Improving the yield of sweet potato crops in East Africa

Celebrating Women’s Contribution in Higher Agricultural Education in Africa


“In 2006, when I first got associated with RUFORUM, I was convinced that this network of highly committed individuals will make a mark in Africa’s history on capacity development and would turn the tide for this continent despite the odds. It has therefore been fulfilling all these years to have had the opportunity to contribute in my small way to the RUFORUM effort and … Read More Celebrating Women’s Contribution in Higher Agricultural Education in Africa

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Agricultural innovations for sustainable development


“We should drop the notion that agriculture is a useless, unprofitable career: for those who are training and educated, agribusiness and agricultural science are profitable income earners.” Fredah Karambu Rimberia, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya Africa needs more agricultural scientists, and in particular more women scientists. Since 2009, CTA, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), IFS and other partners … Read More Agricultural innovations for sustainable development

Celebrating contribution of African Universities to agricultural development in Africa


“African Universities are in a change process- they are no longer ‘ivory towers’, but part of practitioners championing rural transformation in Africa” Over the years, it has become increasing important for the RUFORUM Secretariat to strengthen its brand as the focal point for Agricultural Capacity Building for Africa referred to as “Training the next Generation of Scientists for Africa”. To achieve this, the Secretariat … Read More Celebrating contribution of African Universities to agricultural development in Africa

Bringing African universities to farmers


Written by Jon Spaull – SciDevNet This film focuses on the work of researchers from Makerere University, Uganda, in Rakai district, an area of the country whose farmers are particularly prone to climate change-induced water vulnerability. As part of the WATERCAP project, they have helped transform local people’s lives. Through the introduction of low-tech innovations, the farmers now enjoy year-round access to safe water … Read More Bringing African universities to farmers

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