Category: Stories from Our Universities

University of Cape Coast PhD Student uses drone technology to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers


I love using the Drone technology, especially in the field of agriculture. It is entertaining, fun and exciting to operate and work with.” Zikiru Shaibu Modern technology is making it possible for the youth to find agriculture attractive and it provides opportunities for them to engage in the service industry involving small farmers.  Research is needed to see how effectively digital media, drones and … Read More University of Cape Coast PhD Student uses drone technology to improve livelihoods of smallholder farmers

Student enterprise scheme at Gulu University: a check-mate for mind change and job creation


Many say that “life is a gamble”, but ever since we joined Gulu University to study for a Bachelor of science in Agri-entrepreneurship and Communications Management, our perspectives of life has since changed said Nakwasa Robinson at student and the General Manager of their Initiative Nana fruit salads. The Entrepreneurship training program at the faculty of Agriculture and Environment has accorded us a chance … Read More Student enterprise scheme at Gulu University: a check-mate for mind change and job creation

Gulu University partners with Bobi Community Polytechnic and ZOA to train 60 out-of-school youth


With nearly 80% of youth in northern Uganda unable to attain higher education, this large population of out-of-school youth requires competences to participate in gainful economic activities. Gulu University, in a joint initiative with Bobi Community Polytechnic, a community-based Technical and Vocational Education and Training institute (TVET) and ZOA, an international relief and recovery organization, has responded to the call for universities to play … Read More Gulu University partners with Bobi Community Polytechnic and ZOA to train 60 out-of-school youth

Thirty Nine (39) RUFORUM Network Universities ranked among top 100 Universities in African in 2019


Kampala 12 August 2019 Many Governments in Africa have put in place policies to widen access to University Education, and this has come with increasing pressure from university stakeholders and beneficiaries to demonstrate value for money invested in Higher Education. As a result, universities are consistently striving to do their best to visibly show their relevance to the public. University ranking has for so … Read More Thirty Nine (39) RUFORUM Network Universities ranked among top 100 Universities in African in 2019

Gulu University hosts over 600 at the First National Agrienterprenurship Symposium


Prof. Ongeng the Dean Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at Gulu University said that Universities can no longer work in isolation, there is a critical need to build more synergies with other players such as TVETs, and private sector so as to enhance actual contribution of Universities to community transformation.  This was part of the wider call to action during the first Agrienterprenurship symposium … Read More Gulu University hosts over 600 at the First National Agrienterprenurship Symposium

RUFORUM trains Masters and PhD students from Gulu University on academic proposal writing and scientific data management


Under the auspice of the project “Transforming African Universities to Meaningfully Contribute to Africa’s Development (TAGDev)” with funding from the Mastercard Foundation, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organised a training on academic proposal writing and scientific data management for Masters and PhD students from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment from Gulu University. The training took place from 1st … Read More RUFORUM trains Masters and PhD students from Gulu University on academic proposal writing and scientific data management

Collaboration for youth business incubation: Bishop Stuart University partners with PUM Netherlands


Bishop Stuart University (BSU) in Uganda has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with PUM Netherlands senior experts to gain from PUM’s expertise in setting up business incubators.  In this two-year agreement, signed in February 2019, BSU staff and students will benefit from capacity building activities offered by PUM. The two organisations will also jointly engage with small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs), the wider business … Read More Collaboration for youth business incubation: Bishop Stuart University partners with PUM Netherlands

FAO and RUFORUM link students and local communities for enhancing sustainable agriculture and reducing rural poverty in Africa


In 2018 the Regional Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) implemented the Community-Based Field Attachment Award (CFAPA) program, which was supported by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) for promoting youth support for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and in particular, SDG2 – End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture. CFAPA program is designed … Read More FAO and RUFORUM link students and local communities for enhancing sustainable agriculture and reducing rural poverty in Africa

Egerton University Student addresses the first Extra- Ordinary Summit for the Committee of Ten African Heads of State in Malawi


Kampala 27, November 2018 Ms. Lucky Nyasulu, a second year student pursing a Masters in Community Studies and Extension at Egerton University in Kenya, and a beneficiary of the Mastercard scholarship at RUFORUM spoke on behalf of youth during the First Extra-ordinary Summit of Committee of Ten Heads of State Summit (C10) championing Education, Science and Technology development in the continent. This took place … Read More Egerton University Student addresses the first Extra- Ordinary Summit for the Committee of Ten African Heads of State in Malawi

Becoming a Papal Awardee: Professor Noble Banadda’s story


Professor Noble Ephraim Banadda grew up dreaming of becoming a medical doctor like some of the close relatives he grew up admiring. Born in May 1975, his early childhood was spent around doctors of the Mulago National Referral hospital in Kampala (Uganda). He vividly remembers afternoons spent in the doctors’ cafeteria surrounded by doctors in pristine white lab coats, discussing difficult cases of the … Read More Becoming a Papal Awardee: Professor Noble Banadda’s story

RUFORUM researcher to receive medal from the Vatican for outstanding scientific research


Professor Noble Banadda, Chair of the Department of Agricultural and BioSystems Engineering at Makerere University in Uganda and a former RUFORUM Principal Investigator has been awarded the Pius XI Medal for the year 2018.  The award, given by the Pontifical Academy of Sciences based at the Vatican, is in recognition of his outstanding scientific research. He was selected by unanimous decision of the Academy … Read More RUFORUM researcher to receive medal from the Vatican for outstanding scientific research

An ICT based platform to track and monitor the certification and distribution of clean cassava planting material


By Drake Patrick Mirembe1, Settumba B. Mukasa2 and Jude T. Lubega3 1School of Computing and Informatics Technology, Makerere University; 2School of Agricultural Sciences, Makerere University; 3Uganda Technology and Management University (UTAMU). Introduction Several households in eastern and northern Uganda depend on cassava as their sole starch staple food and source of income. In the 1990s, cassava production was threatened by the emergency of the … Read More An ICT based platform to track and monitor the certification and distribution of clean cassava planting material

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