Tag: Innovations

The role of Higher Education Institutions in catalysing agricultural innovation systems


The World Bank in its Investment Sourcebook on Agricultural Innovation Systems spells out the critical role of agricultural education and training as a creator of capacity and supplier of the human resources that populate key segments of the agricultural innovation system (AIS) and enable it to function more effectively1. Apart from the provision of technical knowledge, which is the traditional focus of higher education, … Read More The role of Higher Education Institutions in catalysing agricultural innovation systems

ICT Enabling University Engagement with Smallholder Farmers


Many African countries especially those in sub-Sahara Africa are endowed with abundant natural resources, ideal for the development of sustainable agriculture.  It is worth noting that nearly 80% of populations in sub-Sahara Africa depends on agriculture as the main source of livelihood of which, over 70% of these farmers are smallholder farmers. On top of abundant natural resources, African higher education sector is rapidly … Read More ICT Enabling University Engagement with Smallholder Farmers

Why Higher Education Matters?


There is renewed focus on the role of higher education in catalysing the development of African economies to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals within the broader visionary context of the Africa Union’s Agenda 2063, The “Africa We Want”. The Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA-2024) is a medium term framework for implementing Agenda 2063 and the Science Agenda for Agriculture articulates the … Read More Why Higher Education Matters?

Strengthening Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa


Written by: Paulina Atim On the 1st May 2017, Africa Universities facilitated a three-day technical expert meeting to discuss issues affecting higher education in Africa. The meeting took place at the Bingi International Conference Centre (BICC) in Lilongwe, Malawi. The key messages from this consultation will be presented to the committee of 10 Heads of State set up by the African Union to champion … Read More Strengthening Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa

A mathematician’s passion for simplifying science to catalyse innovation


My name is Savannah Nuwagaba, a PhD Student at Stellenbosch University in South Africa. Throughout my university education, I have majored in Mathematics where expression is mainly through equations and calculus; not words, and certainly not stories. I did not understand the power of storytelling until I went to South Africa, a country whose stories have shaped communities. I first went to South Africa … Read More A mathematician’s passion for simplifying science to catalyse innovation

Vacancy: Project Manager Research Management


Deadline by 17:00 on Friday, 26 August 2016. SARIMA is an association of Research and Innovation Managers that operates at an institutional, national and international level, as well as across the value chain. The purpose of the association is to promote research and innovation management for the benefit of southern Africa. Research Management (RM) is a key strategic focus area for SARIMA and numerous … Read More Vacancy: Project Manager Research Management

Apply Now: Young African Entrepreneurs Competition


Deadline for submissions is 30th July, 2016 The Young African entrepreneurs deserve every opportunity to be supported to succeed in their business ventures; they also deserve the opportunity to be heard, exposed and supported to increase their social capital and network horizon. RUFORUM invites young (<40 years) African entrepreneurs and incubatees, to compete for 10 conference awards to show case their innovations, enterprises and … Read More Apply Now: Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

Best 15 African universities in 2016


By Samuel Hinneh Speed read Out of 800 top universities worldwide, only 15 in Africa make the cut The universities were rated based on indicators such as research and innovation Experts say that partnerships are key to being among the best being best Five of the 15 top most ranked are members of the RUFORUM Network [ACCRA] Only 15 universities in Africa have been … Read More Best 15 African universities in 2016

RAN Grants Call: Resilience Innovation Challenge for Conflict (RIC4CONF)


General Objective: Communities that experience recurrent shocks and stresses arising from chronic conflict are largely dependent on humanitarian aid and subsistence farming and face the challenge of non-diversification. The general objective of RIC4CONF is to strengthen resilience of target communities by building their agency to promote learning, skills development and entrepreneurship by improving and promoting psychosocial wellbeing; by modernizing agriculture; fostering financial inclusion and … Read More RAN Grants Call: Resilience Innovation Challenge for Conflict (RIC4CONF)

15 steps closer to quality higher education in Africa


Improving higher education is a complex challenge, but essential to the continent’s development. An expert panel offered these routes to tackling it Collaborate across universities: Faced with a lack of essential services such as transport, water, power, healthcare and educational systems, and a government uninterested in investing in research, the question of how African countries can conduct cutting-edge research to tackle problems related to … Read More 15 steps closer to quality higher education in Africa

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