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Persistence helped me achieve my dream – My Postgraduate Training Journey

Latest Updates - Fri, 19/01/2018 - 15:14
Pursuing a master’s degree in crop science at Kyambogo University was my career dream come true. Having attained a Bachelor of Vocational Studies in Agriculture with Education at the same university, I wanted to specialise in crop science in order to contribute to increased food production through dissemination of knowledge and technologies to rural farmers.  Although today my face is full of smiles, this achievement did not come on a silver plate... Read More 0

Jobs: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Associate Professor

Latest Updates - Thu, 18/01/2018 - 16:36
Faculty of science Department of Geography and Environmental Science MOBILE GIS AND PROGRAMMING (1 post) Applicants must have at least an earned PhD in the field of GIScience and Earth Observation/ Remote Sensing/Spatial Analysis with specialization in Mobile GIS and Programming or equivalent, a Masters degree in GIScience and Earth Observation/ Remote Sensing/Spatial Analysis in Mobile GIS and Programming or equivalent with a Merit pass or better. A foundation degree in Geography/Environmental... Read More 0

Press Release: 16 RUFORUM Funded students Conferred with Doctoral Degrees

Latest Updates - Wed, 17/01/2018 - 15:19
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 85 universities in 35 African countries, is pleased to announce the conferment of Doctoral degrees to 16 of some of its funded students who were hosted by member universities across Africa. A total of 13 students were conferred with PhDs during the 68th Graduation Ceremony of Makerere University, Uganda under PhD programmes of Plant Breeding and Agriculture & Rural... Read More 0

RUFORUM receives $1,500,000 grant to unleash potential of African science leaders through post- Doctoral fellowships

Latest Updates - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 16:10
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has received a 2 year grant of 1.500,000 United States Dollars from Carnegie Cooperation of New York to support post-doctoral fellowships in Africa. Specifically, the grant aims at increasing and ensuring high retention rate of brightest and most promising academic graduates in Africa who will ultimately help strengthen African universities to meet the growing demand for higher education and for a more... Read More 0

RUFORUM Call for Post- Doctoral Fellowships: RU/2018/Post Doc RTP /01

Latest Updates - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 15:47
Wajao – Unleashing the potential of African science leaders The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) a network of 85 universities in 35 African countries, with funding from Carnegie Cooperation of New York invites application from former RUFORUM-Carnegie supported doctoral alumni for 2 year post-doctoral fellowships to be based at a university in Africa. The 2 year post-doctoral fellowships builds on, and helps to scale up, the RUFORUM commitment... Read More 0

From cleaner to communication researcher: overcoming challenges to achieve my dream

Latest Updates - Tue, 16/01/2018 - 08:10
At 10am on 18th September 1978, the late Mr. Oywer and his wife Phylgon both Kenyans, welcomed me as their sixth child. I was a unique child. Unlike other members of my family, i was very outgoing. At school I was popular and excelled in academics, hence I was appointed a prefect. I was my father’s pride so much that when I joined upper primary school, I went to stay with him... Read More 0

DAAD-RUFORUM In-Country /In-Region Doctoral Scholarships available for 2018/2019 Academic intake year

Latest Updates - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 16:17
I. About the Call The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Secretariat is pleased to announce a call for PhD scholarships available through the German Academic Exchange Services (DAAD) funding support. These scholarships are targeting both in-country/in-region (sub-Saharan Africa) applicants to support selected RUFORUM regional PhD Programmes in the Eastern and Central Africa (ECA). The scholarships are tenable for the 2018/19 academic period. DAAD promotes international academic exchange as... Read More 0

Call for Proposals: Doctoral Research Scholarships for Graduate Teaching Assistantships at RUFORUM member Universities

Latest Updates - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 15:53
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is a key partner on a new four (4) year project on Social and Environmental Trade-offs in African Agriculture (SENTINEL) funded by GCRF RCUK. The project aims at building the capacity of African and UK research organizations to design and deliver high quality, relevant and state of art research related to a major challenge that lies at the heart of sustainable development... Read More 0

But, how about the African Agriculture?

Latest Updates - Mon, 15/01/2018 - 13:54
Why do African and European leaders of today make partly the same mistakes as they did in connection with the independence of most African countries fifty years ago, why do they again seem to forget that the basis for about 70% of the population still is agriculture? I followed with great interest the reports from the High-level meeting between African and European leaders in Abidjan at the end of November last year.... Read More 0

Prof Openjuru appointed Gulu University Vice Chancellor

Latest Updates - Fri, 12/01/2018 - 12:51
Gulu University Chancellor Prof. Frederick Kayanja has appointed Prof. George Openjuru Ladaah as the new institution’s vice chancellor. Prof. Openjuru will replace Prof. Jack Nyeko Pen-Mogi who has been in acting capacity since January 15 last year when his contract expired. Prof Pen-Mogi led the institution since its inception in 2002. Prof Openjuru has been the university Deputy Vice Chancellor and a former Dean, School of Distance and Lifelong Learning at Makerere University.... Read More 0

BMCE Bank of Africa has announced the 12 winners of the third edition of the African Entrepreneurship Award.

Latest Updates - Wed, 10/01/2018 - 15:21
The African Entrepreneurship Award (AEA) offers $1 million to all eligible African entrepreneurs with an existing business or just an idea. The Award Journey is made up of 4 rounds of mentoring and starts by applicants taking a few minutes to submit an idea and, begin a journey with real entrepreneurs who have been where they are today. Since its launch by BMCE Bank of Africa in 2015, the awards have recognized 33 entrepreneurs, who were supported by more than 300 African and... Read More 0

RUFORUM Secretariat hosts a Pre-EU Intra Africa Mobility Project Implementation Workshop for three projects awarded to member universities

Latest Updates - Sun, 17/12/2017 - 14:57
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Secretariat organized a pre-project inception meeting for three universities recently awarded projects by the Intra Africa Mobility Scheme funded through the European Union (EU). RUFORUM has been proactively providing technical backstopping to its member universities to mobilize resources for enhanced training and research in Africa. As part of its services and value addition to the member universities, the RUFORUM Secretariat invited team... Read More 0

RUFORUM and the Gates Foundation partner to skill African universities in science leadership

Latest Updates - Sun, 17/12/2017 - 14:46
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) trained 48 senior academic leaders from RUFORUM member universities in science and academic leadership. Organized as a post-RUFORUM Annual General Meeting event, the training was held at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi from 29th October to 1st November 2017. The training was organized in response to a request from... Read More 0

RUFORUM Season’s Greetings 2017

Latest Updates - Wed, 13/12/2017 - 10:49
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Higher Education for Agricultural Transformation

Latest Updates - Thu, 07/12/2017 - 15:11
It could very well be that the first half of the 21st century will be remembered as the period when Africa came into its own. These five decades could be a period of steady economic growth and one is which the rapid increase of the working age population actually pays the long promised demographic dividend.  Whether this dream is realized will of course depend on a multitude of political, social, economic and... Read More 0

The role of Higher Education Institutions in catalysing agricultural innovation systems

Latest Updates - Tue, 05/12/2017 - 13:00
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, what can institutions of higher learning offer key... Read More 0

RUFORUM Member Universities trained on Proposal writing Skills

Latest Updates - Tue, 05/12/2017 - 11:43
As part of activities in the achievement of its core mandate, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) facilitates coordinates and implements skills enhancement workshops for University faculty, students and other stakeholders in higher education. During the 13th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting that happened from 26-27 October 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi, RUFORUM and its member universities took the opportunity to train 35 University Faculty from across Africa, to develop... Read More 0

Africa’s population explosion bad news for future food security

Latest Updates - Tue, 05/12/2017 - 08:53
Management of Africa’s spiraling population growth is crucial to addressing hunger and adequate food production for the continent, but also the potential to end food shortages globally. That was the warning sounded by Ugandan Professor Adipala Ekwamu during his keynote address on the second day of the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security, taking place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. The professor, executive director the of the Regional Universities... Read More 0

New Publication: Bringing Science to Communities, Voices from the Field

Latest Updates - Mon, 04/12/2017 - 14:24
RUFORUM – is happy to launch this new publication series, Bringing Science to Communities: Voices from the Field. This popular science communication product is intended to showcase the on-the-ground impact of research and scientific work of RUFORUM – sponsored graduates and their mentors and others they interact with. African universities are increasingly embracing experiential learning as a key strategy for addressing gaps in higher education and training. Experiential learning addresses the challenge... Read More 0

My Ten Year Journey with RUFORUM, A Life Changing Opportunity

Latest Updates - Mon, 04/12/2017 - 09:00
Starting my Journey with RUFORUM When the RUFORUM job adverts were placed in 2008, the opportunity to serve an African led organisation motivated me to apply and work at the RUFORUM Secretariat. I was very nervous. This largely was due to my inexperience in the field of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT). I recall vividly when asked by the panel why I should be given an opportunity to work with RUFORUM, I... Read More 0


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