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Reimagining: new humans, new society, new Higher Education

Fri, 17/03/2023 - 14:12
This is the audacious theme of the 13th Reinventing Higher Education Conference co-hosted on 6 March by two of my favourite universities: IE University in Madrid that I visited last year and met with dynamic students and staff who gave me hope that the future will be different and UCT (the University of Cape Town, […]

[PBL-BioAfrica] 21st century skills – the way to get employed?

Fri, 17/03/2023 - 11:23
“The workshop was of huge benefit to me because it helped me realize that I need to be creative and innovative” – Feedback from the AGS co-creation and innovation workshop. ”We first look at your social media,” answered the Director of Bongohive Zambia when asked how they recruit new experts. He continued that social media tells with whom you liaise […]

RUFORUM Newsletter

Thu, 09/03/2023 - 14:25
A brief from the Regional Universities Forum For Capacity Building In Agriculture Network Summary This brief highlights RUFORUM engagements, forthcoming events and work in progress from member Universities. We are pleased to release our first volume with engagements from the previous Annual General Meeting held 12-16 December 2022 in Harare, Zimbabwe, and stories from alumni […]

RUFORUM Global Research Alliance: Call for proposals for Graduate Research Grants

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 14:54
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM;http://www.ruforum.org) and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA; https://globalresearchalliance.org/) invite applications from RUFORUM Member Universities for the second Global Research Alliance Graduate Research Grants (GRA-GRG) call. The GRA-GRG is aimed at building the capability of graduate students and post-graduate scientists in Africa toContinue reading "RUFORUM Global Research Alliance: Call for proposals for Graduate Research Grants"

RUFORUM Global Research Alliance Graduate Research Grants: Call for proposals for Doctoral Research Grants

Fri, 03/03/2023 - 11:02
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM; http://www.ruforum.org), International Livestock Research Institute in Nairobi (ILRI) and the Global Research Alliance on Agricultural Greenhouse Gases (GRA; https://globalresearchalliance.org/) invite applications from RUFORUM Member Universities for the second Global Research Alliance Graduate Research Grants (GRA-GRG) call. This call aims to train PhD students in AfricaContinue reading "RUFORUM Global Research Alliance Graduate Research Grants: Call for proposals for Doctoral Research Grants"

The Journey was Long and Enriching, and It is Still not Coming to an End!!!

Tue, 28/02/2023 - 09:34
It was a maelstrom of thoughts flying through my already fatigued small head, torn between the need to return home and the exhilaration of grasping a golden opportunity for career growth. Even though the opportunity was appealing and timely (I was just completing my Ph.D. studies), seizing it on the spur of the moment was... Continue Reading →

Webinar on “Understanding Open Science and Research Data Management: International and Local Perspectives”

Thu, 23/02/2023 - 17:02
Date: Tuesday, 28 February 2023 Time: 09:00-11:00am UTCRegistration Link : http://bitly.ws/Avqz

How can educators, researchers and practitioners use digital technologies to enable learning and support change?

Thu, 23/02/2023 - 10:34
The world woke up to online learning during the pandemic, but for the last 10 years we’ve been quietly developing our digital expertise. Over 20,000 professionals and students across Asia, Africa and Latin America have used our online courses — and connected communities of practice — to develop new knowledge, master new skills and apply... Continue Reading →

Digital Technology in Capacity Development: Enabling Learning and Supporting Change

Thu, 23/02/2023 - 10:26
This book focuses on digital approaches to capacity development, reflecting the greater interest in how digital tools and platforms can be used for capacity development in the ‘Global South’. While Covid-19 demonstrated some of the benefits of online learning, the widespread, often uncritical adoption of online tools driven by necessity has left many with an... Continue Reading →

[RUFORUM-GTA]Yes, It is possible to finish a PhD in three years at Makerere University!

Sat, 18/02/2023 - 23:13
My name is Sonnie Rose Kesselly, a 2023 graduate from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, School of Food Technology, Nutrition and Bio-Engineering, Makerere University, Uganda. I am a Liberian and a Lecturer at the College of Agriculture and Forestry in the University of Liberia. I began my PhD Journey in February of 2020... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] Providing Clean Water for Rural Communities to Fight Diarrhea

Tue, 14/02/2023 - 09:53
In Burundi, Olivier Nihimbazwe is walking the walk. Olivier is a 28-year-old former Gulu University student who participated in the TAGDev project. He completed a Master’s degree in Food Security and Community Nutrition in 2021. During their orientation training at Egerton University in 2019, they were challenged to think of something that would benefit the... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] Providing Alternative Affordable Protein Sources for Animal Feeds

Mon, 13/02/2023 - 11:07
One-third of all food produced globally is lost or wasted, resulting in an estimated $1 trillion in economic losses per year and 37 percent of its total in Sub-Saharan Africa. Despite increased efforts to increase food production, Africa has few innovative solutions to reduce food waste. Agricultural waste offers limitless opportunities for converting “waste” into... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] Promotion of Safe, Nutritious, and Ecofriendly Smoked Fish Technology in Benin

Fri, 10/02/2023 - 14:45
The cultural transition from a French-speaking country to an Anglophone country did not deter Mahoussi Simone Assocle, a TAGDev/RUFORUM beneficiary traveling from Contour, Benin. Mahoussi, a passionate food scientist and nutritionist with four years of experience in nutrition, processing, and quality control of food products, is the founder of “Benin AgroTrans,” an innovative social enterprise... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] Making wine from Fruits – A one-stop shop for Refreshments in Gulu

Thu, 09/02/2023 - 15:28
Gulu, which recently gained city status, has become a lucrative business center with enormous potential for those who dare to exploit it. Juliet Ochama, a TAGDev scholar, is one of those who has taken up the mantle to capitalize on this market potential through her business “Nectar Point.” Ochama is a former TAGDev scholar who... Continue Reading →

Postdoctoral Position

Thu, 09/02/2023 - 09:36
The Oliver Tambo Africa Research Chair Initiative (OTARChI) awarded one of the Chairs designated “Ecosystem-based Adaptation (to climate change) in Arid and Semi-arid zones (ESORCCAS)” to the Eduardo Mondlane University (UEM), Maputo, Mozambique. The project is financed through the Mozambique National Research Fund (FNI) and will be implemented in the Limpopo Corridor Region, under the... Continue Reading →

[TAGDev Story] Improving Nutrition in Rural Communities through Food Technology

Wed, 08/02/2023 - 11:57
Nutrition is at the heart of everything in life; the food we eat is our first medicine. What you eat is what you are and who you are,” Adoko emphasizes, adding that everything you put into your body has an impact on your health. Growing up in a relatively deprived community in Benin, Adoko witnessed... Continue Reading →

Fostering Long-term Agricultural Supply Chains for Smallholder Farmers

Tue, 07/02/2023 - 15:54
Finding the right market for grains at the right price is difficult, especially in farming communities in Northern Uganda. Meet Robine Okello, a TAGDev scholar who studied Agri Enterprise Development at the Master’s level at Gulu University. He is currently a volunteer at the African Union Commission in Ethiopia, where he is in charge of... Continue Reading →

[PBL-BioAfrica] Learning by doing: The magnificent experience at the 18th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting

Tue, 07/02/2023 - 11:24
Florence Chambabulele, final year student of Agribusiness Management at Mulungushi University As an agribusiness student, I experienced a life-changing learning event as problem-based learning advocate. My visit to the RUFORUM meeting was part of the HAMK coordinated PBL-BioAfrica project that strengthens Kenya’s and Zambia’s higher education by promoting problem-based learning (PBL) and providing real-life based learning experiences to... Continue Reading →

CoSTClim – NORPART CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FOR MASTERS STUDENT MOBILITY TO NORWAY 2023

Tue, 07/02/2023 - 10:14
Collaborative Action for Strengthening Training Capacities in Climate Risk and Natural Resource management (CoSTClim) Makerere University (MAK) in collaboration with Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Uganda Martyrs University (UMU) and Regional Universities Forum (for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) are implementing a five year CoSTClim project (Collaborative Action for Strengthening Training Capacities in... Continue Reading →

Vertical Farming Comes to the Aid of Refugee Families

Mon, 06/02/2023 - 09:54
Monique Mededode Sognigbe and colleagues set out to teach the community about sustainable farming at the Imvepi refugee settlement in the newly established Terego District in the West Nile region of Uganda’s Northern Region. This was accomplished through the use of vertical farming. Vertical Farming in Refugee Settings (VEFIRS) – A Tool for Fostering Intergroup... Continue Reading →

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