Tag: Research

University of Pretoria partners with the Australian Institute of Building


University of Pretoria (UP) is a Research-Intensive University that joined the RUFORUM Network in 2014 as a full member. The University fosters a holistic approach to education with academic activities that are enriched by community engagement and collaboration with other institutions, government and industry. The University of Pretoria recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) with the … Read More University of Pretoria partners with the Australian Institute of Building

TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training


Deadline: 1 October 2015 TWAS offers fellowships to young scientists in developing countries to enable them to spend three to 12 months at a research institution in a developing country other than their own. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the research capacity of promising scientists, especially those at the beginning of their research career, helping them to foster links for further … Read More TWAS Fellowships for Research and Advanced Training

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

RUFORUM Student Scores a Double


Blessing Adanta Odogwu, a Nigerian PhD student of Plant Breeding and Biotechnology at Makerere University, Uganda, has won the 2014 African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD) and the 2014 fall Norman Borlaug Leadership Enhancement in Agriculture Programme (LEAP) fellowships. AWARD is a career-development program that equips top women agricultural scientists across sub-Saharan Africa to accelerate agricultural gains by strengthening their research and … Read More RUFORUM Student Scores a Double

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

Post-Graduate TEEAL Research Paper Competition 2015 Now Open


ITOCA in collaboration with Albert R. Mann Library, Cornell University is pleased to announce the TEEAL Post-Graduate Research Paper Competition 2015 for post graduate students from six eligible African countries (Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania and Uganda) to obtain TEEAL, The Essential Electronic Agricultural Library for their institution as well as prize money. TEEAL invites MSc and PhD students to submit research papers … Read More Post-Graduate TEEAL Research Paper Competition 2015 Now Open

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Agricultural innovations for sustainable development


“We should drop the notion that agriculture is a useless, unprofitable career: for those who are training and educated, agribusiness and agricultural science are profitable income earners.” Fredah Karambu Rimberia, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya Africa needs more agricultural scientists, and in particular more women scientists. Since 2009, CTA, the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA), IFS and other partners … Read More Agricultural innovations for sustainable development

Using communication to strengthen research


Written by Linda Nordling RUFORUM was featured among three organizations whose stories are meant to inspire institutions that would like to innovate their communication strategies. Institutions that want to showcase their research impacts and attract investors to their work. The stories were collected and written by Linda Nordling (freelance journalist, based in South Africa). You can download the full story by clicking here. “Over … Read More Using communication to strengthen research

From Invention to Innovation in African Agriculture


By Catherine Mloza  It was interesting to note that RUFORUM had a side session that addressed the issue of strengthening partnerships for research and higher education. By and by, it is  un-disputable that agriculture in Africa,greatly  depends on how successfully knowledge is generated, disseminated and applied. Traditional agricultural knowledge management systems models situate the role of knowledge generation (mainly technology development) in the domains … Read More From Invention to Innovation in African Agriculture

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