Tag: African Universities

Dr. Alice Mweetwa Joins RUFORUM as the Deputy Executive Secretary


Monrovia 26 April 2019 At the RUFORUM 17th Board Executive Meeting held in Monrovia, Liberia from 24th to 25th April 2019, Dr. Alice Mweetwa was appointed and confirmed as the Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Programme Development and Implementation. She will officially commence work on 01 July 2019 and will be based at the RUFORUM Secretariat hosted at Makerere University in Uganda.  Dr. Mweetwa … Read More Dr. Alice Mweetwa Joins RUFORUM as the Deputy Executive Secretary

AWARD OF PhD RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS UNDER SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE-OFFS IN AFRICAN AGRICULTURE (SENTINEL PROJECT)


Kampala 13 April 2019   The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is an implementing partner for the SENTINEL project. The SENTINEL is an interdisciplinary research project seeking to address the challenge of achieving ‘zero hunger’ in sub-Saharan Africa, while at the same time reducing inequalities and conserving ecosystems with special focus on Ethiopia, Zambia and Ghana. Through this project, RUFORUM will … Read More AWARD OF PhD RESEARCH SCHOLARSHIPS UNDER SOCIAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL TRADE-OFFS IN AFRICAN AGRICULTURE (SENTINEL PROJECT)

[Issue 23] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa


University World News New partnership puts university teaching in the spotlight (Africa) African universities need a systematic change in teaching and learning approaches to help lecturers deal with growing student numbers and inadequate facilities, and to produce graduates who can make meaningful contributions in today’s knowledge-based economies. This message was a key driver of discussions at a pedagogical leadership training session aimed at lecturers … Read More [Issue 23] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

[Issue 16 and 17] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa


Quartz Media Africa needs another million PhD scientists to develop homegrown solutions (Africa) It’s been a recurring refrain: Africa still lags woefully behind the rest of the world in generating new scientific knowledge. As figures collated by the World Bank in 2014 show, the continent—home to around 16% of the world’s population—produces less than 1% of the world’s research output. These are painful admissions … Read More [Issue 16 and 17] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa

Changing lives in the community through entrepreneurship


By Geoffrey Cheruiyot Ngenoh, MSc. Agri-Enterprise Development student at Egerton University. July 2017 will always be memorable to me. It was during this time that we had the orientation training for new TAGDev scholars and I developed a business mindset. Speaker after speaker during the training, motivated me to start my entrepreneurship journey. By the end of the training I had so many business … Read More Changing lives in the community through entrepreneurship

[Issue 13 and 14] Media Monitoring.Extract for Higher Education news in Africa


Daily Nation Our African Universities are up in arms, and we are at sea (Kenya) Kenya’s universities are in upheaval. Students and lecturers have been in full protest mode in recent months. They are not alone. Across the western border in Uganda, it’s the same story. And they have been at it longer in South Africa. In Ethiopia, not too long ago, they were … Read More [Issue 13 and 14] Media Monitoring.Extract for Higher Education news in Africa

Entrepreneurship training transformed my life: I started three businesses


By Mercyline Jerusa My name is Mercyline Jerusa and I come from Kakamega County in western Kenya. I am currently pursuing a Master of Science in Agri-enterprise Development at Egerton University with funding from RUFORUM under the TAGDev (Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development) programme funded by the Mastercard Foundation.  My entrepreneurial journey started during the orientation training … Read More Entrepreneurship training transformed my life: I started three businesses

[Issue 12]Media Monitoring. Extract for Higher Education news in Africa


University World News PhD training – Why African government funding is needed (Africa) While international donor funding for PhD training programmes in Africa helps to accelerate progress and achieve results more quickly, financial contributions to such programmes by African governments are critical and have a range of long-term benefits, higher education experts suggest. Aminata Sall Diallo, a professor of physiology at Cheikh Anta Diop … Read More [Issue 12]Media Monitoring. Extract for Higher Education news in Africa

Private sector and academia: Where is the intersection point?


As pressure mounts on universities to be relevant in addressing key challenges facing society, one of the key areas is engaging with private sector. The universities and private companies have always worked together in an ad hoc and personal basis with no formalised arrangements on how to engage with each other. Part of the reasons for the ad hoc and personal basis of partnership … Read More Private sector and academia: Where is the intersection point?

Inspiration from Malawi Aquaculture Research: My Passion for Fish Brought to Reality


By Rebecca Mwima I am Rebecca Mwima[1] a graduate from Makerere University. I have 4 years work experiences in administration which I gained from Regional University Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) where formerly I worked as an Administrative Assistant. Through one of RUFORUM engagements with stakeholders, I got an opportunity to participate in a tour to the aquaculture research centre of Lilongwe … Read More Inspiration from Malawi Aquaculture Research: My Passion for Fish Brought to Reality

RUFORUM and the Gates Foundation partner to skill African universities in science leadership


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) trained 48 senior academic leaders from RUFORUM member universities in science and academic leadership. Organized as a post-RUFORUM Annual General Meeting event, the training was held at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi from 29th October to 1st November 2017. The training … Read More RUFORUM and the Gates Foundation partner to skill African universities in science leadership

RUFORUM Trains University Faculty to Develop and Manage University and Community Transforming Programmes and Projects


The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) trained thirty three (33) faculty from twenty two (22) universities in thirteen (13[1]) countries in Africa and Europe in transformative training and research programmes development and projects management. The training with the objective of enhancing university faculty skills to develop and manage university and community transforming programmes and projects was conducted at Bingu International … Read More RUFORUM Trains University Faculty to Develop and Manage University and Community Transforming Programmes and Projects

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