Category: Press Releases

RUFORUM Installs President of Malawi as Champion for Higher Education in Africa


On Sunday 5th July 2015, as part of the Malawi 51st National Independence celebrations, RUFORUM honoured and installed His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, State President of the Republic of Malawi as the Champion for Higher Education in Africa. The ceremony was held at the Sanjika Palace in Blantyre, Malawi and was attended by several dignitaries including Ministers, Honorable Members of the Parliament of … Read More RUFORUM Installs President of Malawi as Champion for Higher Education in Africa

Declaration of African deans and principals on revitalizing Higher Education in agriculture for Africa’s future


Following celebrations to mark 10 years of RUFORUM, the next phase of RUFORUM’s evolution is being mapped out in a new Strategic Business Plan (SBP 2015-2020). The SPB highlights the key directions that RUFORUM will take in the next five years, including the modalities for engagement in Continental agenda especially Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2026), the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development … Read More Declaration of African deans and principals on revitalizing Higher Education in agriculture for Africa’s future

Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology awarded a $300,000 grant from RUFORUM


Khartoum, Sudan– RUFORUM today announced the award of a US$300,000 grant to Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology to support a Community Action Research Project (CARP) on livestock value chain in Tanzania. At RUFORUM, CARP grants are designed to encourage universities to develop and invest in more comprehensive and sustained action research into a particular geographical area or in a selected commodity … Read More Nelson Mandela African Institute of Science and Technology awarded a $300,000 grant from RUFORUM

108 proposals received for the 6th GRG Call Proposals – 29 Selected for funding


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has continued to strengthen its role as a knowledge and capacity building agency for 46 universities in 22 African countries. In furthering this mandate, RUFORUM runs a Competitive Grants Scheme (CGS) with Graduate Research Grants (GRG) being one of the key granting mechanism for supporting university-led research linked to addressing needs of smallholder farmers … Read More 108 proposals received for the 6th GRG Call Proposals – 29 Selected for funding

CTA programme wins top UN prize for its youth and ICT work


The Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation (CTA) has been honoured in the prestigious 2015 World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Project Prizes. The Centre won the e-agriculture category for its youth and ICT programme – Agriculture, Rural Development and Youth in the Information Society (ARDYIS).  The prize was presented in Geneva, Switzerland, during the WSIS Forum 2015, the biggest international event … Read More CTA programme wins top UN prize for its youth and ICT work

Moi University Principal to lead University Research in Kenya


Moi University researcher Prof. Fabian Omoding Esamai has been appointed to lead University Research Chairs (URC) programme in Kenya. Prof Esamai, who is also the Principal of the College of Health Sciences, emerged the best in a competitive selection process conducted by the National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI). NACOSTI advertised for the position twice owing to a low number of quality … Read More Moi University Principal to lead University Research in Kenya

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

Landmark move West: RUFORUM becomes continental organisation


At a prominent meeting of African Union (AU) officials and higher education actors from across the continent, held at the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa, between 23-24 November, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) announced a landmark operational move to Western Africa. As part of a consultation exercise with Deans and Principals of African … Read More Landmark move West: RUFORUM becomes continental organisation

Malawian president champions African agriculture


At a recent meeting at State House, Lilongwe, His Excellency Peter Arthur Mutharika, President of the Republic of Malawi pledged to champion the cause of agriculture and education across the continent. The meeting with the president, who was sworn into office earlier this year and is a former Minister for Education, Science and Technology, formed part of RUFORUM’s strategy of mobilizing high-level policy support … Read More Malawian president champions African agriculture

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