Tag: Mekelle University

Recognising Excellence – RUFORUM IMPRESSA Awards Winners 2017


During the 13thAnnual General Meeting, RUFORUM recognized outstanding university scientists and leaders who have made significant contribution in the field of agricultural research and science for development in Africa, through the Impact Research and Science in Africa or IMPRESSA Award. The IMPRESSA Award, which is been run for the fourth round in 2017, recognizes outstanding university led contributions to development through agricultural research and … Read More Recognising Excellence – RUFORUM IMPRESSA Awards Winners 2017

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

From community psychologist to agricultural change agent: Margaret Gumisiriza’s story


Studying community psychology nurtured my innate dream to become a change agent in the community. By the time I completed my undergraduate degree in 2009, this dream was strongly ingrained in my aspirations. My resolve to make an impact on peoples’ livelihoods was strengthened when I worked with farmers in Masaka and Ngora districts in Uganda on projects implemented by the National Livestock Resources … Read More From community psychologist to agricultural change agent: Margaret Gumisiriza’s story

New Publications: Open Education Resources available Online produced under AgShare


RUFORUM is pleased to share with you Open Education Resources (OERs) that have been developed by RUFORUM Member universities and partners.  Should you need to access all the AgShare Resources, you can type AgShare in the search engine at http://repository.ruforum.org/. Publications: How Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) impact on trends and future educational ICT in the RUFORUM Network: Changing Pedagogical Paradigms, Priorities, and Practice … Read More New Publications: Open Education Resources available Online produced under AgShare

Professor Fetien Abay – A Pioneering Plant and Seed Scientist


Her Story Professor Fetien Abay Abera was born in Wukro town of Tigray, Northern Ethiopia. She is the last (twin) daughter to a family of 12 and is now married and a mother of three. Saved by her mother from an arranged marriage at a very young age (12) to a much older man (36), she was able to continue her schooling and complete … Read More Professor Fetien Abay – A Pioneering Plant and Seed Scientist

How to become an AgShare champion


AgShare model provides strategies for a logical institutional approach to teaching, research and community development. AgShare focuses on research-based approach for the co-creation and publication of agricultural knowledge within and across stakeholder groups. Multiple-media Open Educational Resources (OER) have been produced, shared, modified, and made freely available through learning networks. Six Reasons why the AgShare method is important The Method has transformed the way … Read More How to become an AgShare champion

AgShare-Prioritizing Professional Development Needs for African Universities


The AgShare project aims to create a scalable and sustainable method of filling critical gaps in agriculture related curriculum through a redesigned MSc process. The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) supports universities to address the important and largely unfulfilled role that universities play in contributing to the well‐being of small‐scale farmers and economic development of countries throughout the sub‐Saharan Africa … Read More AgShare-Prioritizing Professional Development Needs for African Universities

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

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