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eCapacities Africa: Connecting training providers, workplaces and graduates


e-Capacities is an online marketplace for the supply and demand of capacities in strategic human capital formation. The platform provides a real-time review of the levels of capacity and demand in each participating country and dynamically estimates the capacity gaps for use in priority setting and targeting of investments. eCapacities connects training providers, workplaces and graduates and allows them to interact with each other … Read More eCapacities Africa: Connecting training providers, workplaces and graduates

QS Rankings: Stellenbosch University agriculture and forestry experts the most influential in SA


Written by: Engela Duvenhage from Stellenbosch University Where studies and research in agriculture and forestry are concerned, Stellenbosch University (SU) ranks as the most sought after and influential institution in South Africa. It is also ranked among the top 100 institutions worldwide in these fields, according to the QS World University Rankings by Subject for 2015. SU is considered one of the world’s elite institutions … Read More QS Rankings: Stellenbosch University agriculture and forestry experts the most influential in SA

PhDs in Focus: Helping Uganda’s neglected pastoralists


By Jon Spaull If you are unable to listen to this audio, please update your browser or click here to download the file [7.4MB] “I’m opening frontiers of research in an area where people don’t believe it’s possible to conduct research” says PhD student Anthony Egeru, who is studying the effects of climate change on forage resources in Karamoja, in northeast Uganda. Karamoja is … Read More PhDs in Focus: Helping Uganda’s neglected pastoralists

IFAMA names Johan Van Rooyen as new President-Elect


IFAMA is pleased to announce that Johan van Rooyen, Director, Standard Bank Centre for Agribusiness Leadership & Mentorship Development at Stellenbosch University in South Africa has been selected to serve as the next IFAMA President; a term beginning in June 2015-2017. “I’m honored to be selected for this appointment,” said Van Rooyen “Globally, the ag sector faces some awesome challenges ahead and I believe … Read More IFAMA names Johan Van Rooyen as new President-Elect

University of Pretoria partners with the Australian Institute of Building


University of Pretoria (UP) is a Research-Intensive University that joined the RUFORUM Network in 2014 as a full member. The University fosters a holistic approach to education with academic activities that are enriched by community engagement and collaboration with other institutions, government and industry. The University of Pretoria recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) with the … Read More University of Pretoria partners with the Australian Institute of Building

Press Release: European Union pledges support for academic mobility programmes


The European Union recognizes knowledge and innovations as key ingredients for economic and social development. At a recent visibility event held at Makerere University in Uganda, Mr. Theo Hoorntje, Head of Cooperation at the European Union delegation to Uganda, pledged support to higher education through academic mobility between countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific regions including exchange programmes with academic institutions in … Read More Press Release: European Union pledges support for academic mobility programmes

60 African University Deans/Principals to Converge in Khartoum on Higher Education


African University Deans and Principals (60) of Agriculture and related faculties will come together 8-10 June, 2015 in Khartoum, Sudan for a three day retreat to discuss issues related to strengthening higher education, Science technology and innovation in Africa. A key issue to be discussed by the Academic heads will be how to enhance regional science partnerships to strengthen higher education. They will also … Read More 60 African University Deans/Principals to Converge in Khartoum on Higher Education

Connecting student research to community needs


For years, universities have tried to shake off their reputation as ivory towers churning out research that is of little relevance to the local communities around them. AgShare is a powerful road-tested model that provides strategies for a coherent institutional approach to teaching, research and community development. Funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by Michigan State University and OER Africa, … Read More Connecting student research to community needs

Reflection and Learning Workshop for African and European Partners


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) under the auspices of the Platform for African-European Partnership on Agricultural Research for Development (PAEPARD) hosted representatives of several consortia and Regional Farmers’ Associations at a Learning and Reflection Workshop.   Thirty participants representing various institutions (including regional and national farmers’ organizations, NGOs, universities and research institutes) from 11 countries (Africa and Europe) participating in … Read More Reflection and Learning Workshop for African and European Partners

RUFORUM Student Scores a Double


Blessing Adanta Odogwu, a Nigerian PhD student of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at Makerere University, Uganda, has won the 2014 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the 2014 fall Norman Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme (LEAP) fellowships. AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and … Read More RUFORUM Student Scores a Double

Announcement: New Stellenbosch University Rector & Vice-Chancellor


Prof Wim de Villiers, Dean of the University of Cape Town’s (UCT) Faculty of Health Sciences, was appointed the new Maties Rector and Vice-Chancellor by the Stellenbosch University (SU) Council earlier today. Watch video. De Villiers (55), a Matie alumnus and medical doctor who studied and worked in England and America for 21 years, succeeds Prof Russel Botman, who passed away unexpectedly in June. He becomes … Read More Announcement: New Stellenbosch University Rector & Vice-Chancellor

Sharing Experiences: First beneficiary of RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship


As the first PhD student successfully placed under the RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA), Mr Anthony Mwije shares his experience of the programme. When I saw the RUFORUM GTA advert, I knew my chance to enroll for PhD studies in a University of my choice had arrived. Immediately, I started working on my application for the GTA as well as admission to Stellenbosch University. … Read More Sharing Experiences: First beneficiary of RUFORUM Graduate Teaching Assistantship

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