Tag: Universities

Press Release: RUFORUM Network Universities Improve in ranking among top 100 ranked African Universities in 2017-2018


Each year, Webmometrics, the largest web academic ranking of Higher Education Institutions, does the global ranking twice, based on criteria such as the number of Citations, presence, visibility and Excellence. University ranking continues to remain the common means of informing the public about the relevance and value for investment in Education. In a bid to internationalise the programs in its member universities, while remaining … Read More Press Release: RUFORUM Network Universities Improve in ranking among top 100 ranked African Universities in 2017-2018

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

Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa – Collaborating Technical Agencies


Call for: Expressions of interest Deadline: August 31, 2015 by 10:00 (10:00 AM) (UTC-05:00) Eastern Time (US and Canada) Eligibility: This call is open to all organizations such as research institutes, university research and academic centres, think tanks, non-governmental organizations, science academies, and stakeholder organizations with a legal corporate registration. Organizations based in sub-Saharan Africa are strongly encouraged to apply. The initiative is keen … Read More Science Granting Councils Initiative in Sub-Saharan Africa – Collaborating Technical Agencies

Call for Applications: CODESRIA PhD Programmes


Deadline: 21 August, 2015 Strengthening Phd Programmes in African Universities Call for Applications: 2015 Session The Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) is pleased to announce the call for applications from research laboratories and doctoral schools in African universities for the first phase of its initiative to support research in the social sciences and humanities. The support initiative is … Read More Call for Applications: CODESRIA PhD Programmes

Declaration of African deans and principals on revitalizing Higher Education in agriculture for Africa’s future


Following celebrations to mark 10 years of RUFORUM, the next phase of RUFORUM’s evolution is being mapped out in a new Strategic Business Plan (SBP 2015-2020). The SPB highlights the key directions that RUFORUM will take in the next five years, including the modalities for engagement in Continental agenda especially Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2026), the Comprehensive African Agricultural Development … Read More Declaration of African deans and principals on revitalizing Higher Education in agriculture for Africa’s future

Celebrating contribution of African Universities to agricultural development in Africa


“African Universities are in a change process- they are no longer ‘ivory towers’, but part of practitioners championing rural transformation in Africa” Over the years, it has become increasing important for the RUFORUM Secretariat to strengthen its brand as the focal point for Agricultural Capacity Building for Africa referred to as “Training the next Generation of Scientists for Africa”. To achieve this, the Secretariat … Read More Celebrating contribution of African Universities to agricultural development in Africa

Bringing African universities to farmers


Written by Jon Spaull – SciDevNet This film focuses on the work of researchers from Makerere University, Uganda, in Rakai district, an area of the country whose farmers are particularly prone to climate change-induced water vulnerability. As part of the WATERCAP project, they have helped transform local people’s lives. Through the introduction of low-tech innovations, the farmers now enjoy year-round access to safe water … Read More Bringing African universities to farmers

Agribusiness is the way to go for Africa. What is the role of African Universities?


As part of FARA’s 15th anniversary celebrations, RUFORUM held a two day consultation with deans and principals of African Schools/faculties and related sciences in Johannesburg, South Africa. It focused on developing RUFORUM’s second strategic and third business plan. Over 20 deans, principles and heads of Departments for Agricultural institutions and other private sector stakeholders from Africa participated in this land mark event in the … Read More Agribusiness is the way to go for Africa. What is the role of African Universities?

Reflecting upon Maputo


Written by: Moses Osiru – Deputy Executive Secretary, (RUFORUM) Nearly two months after the conclusion of RUFORUM’s Fourth Biennial Conference, held in Maputo, Mozambique, this is an opportune time for reflection. Intended to mark the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Comprehensive Africa Agriculture Development Programme (CAADP), African Heads of State declared 2014 the year of agriculture and food security in Africa. Given … Read More Reflecting upon Maputo

Shattering glass ceilings … a woman’s touch


By Richard Powell Writing in the Ugandan daily newspaper, New Vision, in May 2014, Dr Calestous Juma Professor of the Practice of International Development, Faculty Chair of Innovation for the Economic Development Program at Harvard Kennedy School and author of The New Harvest: Agricultural Innovation in Africa, remarked: “Making agriculture an engine for African development cannot be achieved without bringing higher technical training to … Read More Shattering glass ceilings … a woman’s touch

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