Tag: Makerere University

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

The tiny potato tubers: A nightmare for farmers in Uganda


Potato (Solanum tuberosum) is one of the main crops grown in Uganda. Most of the production (87%) takes place in the highland areas of South-western region where the crop has become prominently important as a source of food and income for the smallholder farmers. However, the reality that many of us are unaware of is that not all the tubers farmers currently harvest are … Read More The tiny potato tubers: A nightmare for farmers in Uganda

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

RUFORUM trains 50 Gulu University students and staff in Scientific Data Management


The diversity and the complexity of data from scientific experiments and natural systems constitute serious challenges for students and even scientists in the universities and research institutions. Lack of data management and data analysis skills among graduate students often causes a waste of productive time, with negative consequences on successful thesis completion and student graduation. Short training courses in Scientific Data Management provide students … Read More RUFORUM trains 50 Gulu University students and staff in Scientific Data Management

RUFORUM PhD graduate starts cowpea breeding program at university of Cape Coast


  Emmanuel Afutu, now with a new title added to his name ‘Doctor’, was ecstatic as he and his colleagues joined RUFORUM staff on 16th January 2018 during a lunch get-together organized at the Secretariat to honour the new PhD graduates.  He was among the 13 RUFORUM-sponsored students who were conferred with Doctorates during the 68th Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University in Uganda, under … Read More RUFORUM PhD graduate starts cowpea breeding program at university of Cape Coast

From Uganda to South Africa – My Intra-ACP Africa Mobility Experience


I, Mr David Ekepu, was born in a rural area of Eastern Uganda in what is now called Amuria district but spent most of childhood in Pallisa district where my father was working as a secondary school teacher. I attended pre-university education in the same area and only moved out of Eastern Uganda to join Makerere University – located in Central Uganda. During my … Read More From Uganda to South Africa – My Intra-ACP Africa Mobility Experience

A staff exchange experience at Makerere University: recollection and reflection


By Professor Emmanuel Tanyi, Dean Faculty of Engineering and Technology, University of Buea, Cameroon I recently participated in a Staff Exchange Programme at Makerere University from 20th to 27th April 2017. The short visit was memorable for its intensity of activities and exchanges with professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. This story is my recollection of the highlights of the visit and my … Read More A staff exchange experience at Makerere University: recollection and reflection

My experience as a mobility student at Makerere University


By Isaac Nyabisa Oteyo Growing up in rural Western Kenya, I often heard people talking about great universities in East Africa like the University of Nairobi, Makerere University and University of Dar es Salaam. Makerere University, in particular, stood out for me as many of the African nationalists, back then, had gone through it. My father too, though not highly educated, spoke highly of … Read More My experience as a mobility student at Makerere University

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

Enhancing Collaboration and Quality in Postgraduate Training: Joint Module Training Delivery in RUFORUM Regional Programmes


In its efforts to strengthen the quality of post graduate training programmes and partnerships, RUFORUM and the member universities are using a combination of innovative approaches in the curriculum design and delivery of the regional postgraduate training programmes. A case is the RUFORUM multidisciplinary PhD programme in Agriculture Rural Innovation (ARI) which is hosted simultaneously by three RUFORUM member universities (Makerere University- Uganda, Egerton … Read More Enhancing Collaboration and Quality in Postgraduate Training: Joint Module Training Delivery in RUFORUM Regional Programmes

RUFORUM student wins award during the NARO-MAK Conference, 2016


Boris M. Alladassi a RUFORUM sponsored student from Benin emerged among the three overall winners in the category of Poster presentation. His research presentation focused on “Screening common bean germplasm for leaf and pod resistance to common bacteria blight in Uganda”. RUFORUM supported eighteen international students to participate in the conference as part of research dissemination, mentorship and networking. The participating students expressed the … Read More RUFORUM student wins award during the NARO-MAK Conference, 2016

Testimony of career opportunities for young scholars in agricultural sciences


By Lijalem Gebrewahid, PhD Student at Mekelle University I was born and raised in Shire-Endaslassie, a town in the  Tigrai Region of Northern Ethiopia. My love for agriculture must have been borne out of my experience of growing and caring for plants in the backyard of our home during my childhood. After completing high school, I went on to study a Diploma in Plant … Read More Testimony of career opportunities for young scholars in agricultural sciences

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