Category: Stories from Our Universities

Building Capacity for Africa – Zaharan Journey


Exactly 2 years at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, Zaharan Hussein successfully graduated from the Master’s Degree with distinction, an academic and professional achievement that has developed his robust interest in postharvest technology research and consultancy.  In addition, this achievement has a direct link on his current career as the Assistant Lecturer and Researcher both to the university where he works.  Hussein was awarded … Read More Building Capacity for Africa – Zaharan Journey

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

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

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

AGRA, MaK to sponsor plant breeding students


Written by Prossy Nandudu – New Vision The growing population in Africa calls for more innovation in research to come up with crop varieties that are high yielding and tolerant to pests and diseases and effects of climate change. This is the reason why the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa (AGRA) in partnership with Makerere University Agriculture Research Institution Kabanyororo (MUARIK) are … Read More AGRA, MaK to sponsor plant breeding students

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

New Publication: The Impact of Graduate Research Grants – Examples from Botswana


When enterprising farmer Eric Galotshoge had the idea of importing a herd of dairy goats and producing goats’ milk to satisfy a burgeoning local market, he thought he was onto a sure thing. As a farmer with an entrepreneurial turn of mind, he did his market research and found that a strong demand existed from local supermarkets, hotels and game lodges for locally produced … Read More New Publication: The Impact of Graduate Research Grants – Examples from Botswana

Dr. Charles Masembe scoops the highly competitive Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine


Double scoops: Charles Masembe of the College of Natural Sciences (CoNAS), Makerere University has scooped the highly competitive Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine; and has recently been promoted to Associate Professor (Molecular Genetics and Evolution). “Transmission dynamics of African swine fever in an endemic setting at the livestock-wildlife interface” Dr. Charles Masembe, Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda Charles is a … Read More Dr. Charles Masembe scoops the highly competitive Wellcome Trust Intermediate Fellowship in Public Health and Tropical Medicine

Makerere University valley tank in the water stressed communities of Nakasongola register success


Written by: Mrs. Jane Anyango – Communications/PR Officer (CAES) Residents of Kanyonyi village, Wanzogi – Subcounty, Kalungi Parish in Nakasongola district have all reasons to celebrate following a successful project that has in this dry season relieved several households from shifting in search for water for their animals and domestic use. No animal deaths resulting from water scarcity has been recorded. Kanyonyi village is … Read More Makerere University valley tank in the water stressed communities of Nakasongola register success

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