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African universities need bankable ideas

Wed, 20/07/2016 - 12:35
African universities face huge, intersecting challenges. As a result, they are struggling to adapt. Firstly, enrolments are rising without universities increasing their capacities to deliver quality education aligned to the continent’s needs. Secondly, raising revenue through fees clearly isn’t the answer to funding shortfalls: the policy of co-financing education through tuition fees has failed to […] 0

Strengthening University-Private Sector Partnerships in Agriculture – The Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week

Fri, 15/07/2016 - 13:15
Over 600 delegates, including 300 graduate students, 60 university Vice-Chancellors, policy makers, development partners and several delegates from all over Africa, Asia, Europe and America will convene at the Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week during the week of 17-21 October 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. Key Speakers confirmed for this […] 0

Linking research to inclusive development for food security: Facing rural innovation challenges

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 11:05
An ICRA course for professionals involved in facilitating and coaching rural innovation Wageningen, the Netherlands 14 Nov – 2 Dec 20 16 (3 weeks) Researchers must make their work relevant for the inclusive development of involved communities. And agricultural professionals, farmers and their organizations need up to date information on how to most effectively improve […] 0

Learning, action research and outreach for inclusive development: Boosting competencies in higher education

Fri, 01/07/2016 - 08:15
An ICRA course for professionals involved in tertiary agricultural education Wageningen, the Netherlands 10–28 October 2016 (3 weeks) Professionals in tertiary agricultural education are expected to prepare competent graduates ready for the job market. In addition, you are requested to do action research that contributes to innovation for food security, and provide services for rural […] 0

Kenyan Professor heads board for Fisheries PhD course at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 16:22
Professor Ruth Otunga from the University of Eldoret in Kenya has been elected first board chairperson for the regional PhD programme in Aquaculture and Fisheries hosted at Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources following the Regional Academic Advisory Board Meeting held at Crossroads Hotel in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe on Wednesday, June 8, 2016. LUANAR […] 0

UNIVEN Partners With RUFORUM to Respond to challenges in the realm of Agriculture

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 11:47
A delegation led by the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Venda, Prof Peter Mbati, comprising of the Dean of the School of Agriculture, Prof Godwin Mchau, the Director International Relations, Cornelius Hagenmeier and Director Communications and Marketing, Takalani Dzaga successfully accomplished its mission of strengthening the relationship between the University and the Regional […] 0

Hydric soils: A new dimension to stemming wetland degradation

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 08:53
By Botle Mapeshoane, National University of Lesotho, Soil Science and Resource Conservation Department The state of global wetlands is generally deteriorating and the mountain wetland ecosystems of Lesotho are no different.  Lesotho’s mountain ecosystem occupies the highest part of the Drakensberg Escarpment between 2400m and 3482m above sea level and are primarily used for summer […] 0

The shea fruit: a green gift to mankind

Thu, 30/06/2016 - 08:42
By Ruth Napio, Msc Food Science and Technology, Makerere University Back when I was a little girl, and well into my teenage years, my favourite petroleum jelly was always the one labelled “enriched with shea butter”. Though I liked the product, it was imported and costly. I had no idea that the treasured shea butter […] 0

Development of human capital key limitation for achieving African vision

Tue, 28/06/2016 - 14:57
Education, and particularly higher education is no longer only for the elite but a necessity for development! These remarks were made by Dr. Musafiri Malimba Papias, Minister of Education, Rwanda at the opening of a side event organised by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the African Union Commission on […] 0

How a farmer group moved from seed multiplication to value addition: The case of cassava composite porridge

Tue, 14/06/2016 - 11:53
By Rebecca Mukebezi and Settumba Mukasa, College of Agriculture & Environmental Sciences, Makerere University Most farmers perceive cassava as a famine reserve crop that is mainly grown for food security during periods of prolonged drought. As such, they rarely add value to the crop which makes them incur huge losses especially when there is a […] 0

African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology receives RUFORUM Recognition Award

Tue, 14/06/2016 - 10:39
His Excellency Dr. Martial De Ikounga, the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology was recognised by RUFORUM for “his commitment and outstanding leadership in the development and implementation of national and continental-wide functional frameworks for Science, Technology & Innovation in Africa”. This event took place during the seventh Forum for Agricultural Research […] 0

Apply Now: Australia Awards ACIAR John Allwright Fellowship applications for 2017 intake

Thu, 09/06/2016 - 16:56
Applications for the JAF 2017 intake will open on Sunday 1 May 2016 at 09:00am Australia Eastern Standard Time and close on Sunday 31 July 2016 at midnight Australia Eastern Standard Time. Applying online Go to the Online Australia Scholarships Information System (OASIS) at The first step is for the applicant to register in […] 0

Apply Now: Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 21:51
Deadline for submissions is 30th July, 2016 The Young African entrepreneurs deserve every opportunity to be supported to succeed in their business ventures; they also deserve the opportunity to be heard, exposed and supported to increase their social capital and network horizon. RUFORUM invites young (<40 years) African entrepreneurs and incubatees, to compete for 10 […] 0

Varsity launches farm attachment for agro-students

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 18:37
In Summary The programme that was officially launched at Njoro Campus by Nakuru and Baringo Counties Executive in-charge of Agriculture this week has been ongoing on a pilot basis for the last two years. Though all students are supposed to go for field attachment as a course requirement, this programme is intense as students partly […] 0

Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of the Republic of Mauritius to address the RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week in Cape Town South as part of joint efforts to strengthen Higher Education, Science,...

Fri, 27/05/2016 - 17:07
Her Excellency Dr. Mrs. Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, the President of the Republic of Mauritius will address African Vice Chancellors, Principals, Deans, Graduate Students and other higher education stakeholders at the RUFORUM Biennial Conference and African Higher Education Week to be held 17-21 October, 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. This was confirmed by Her Excellency during […] 0

Maths and science are the keys to unlocking Africa&#8217;s potential

Wed, 25/05/2016 - 07:00
Neil Turok, Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics Angelina Lutambi was born into a peasant family in Tanzania’s Dodoma region, where HIV/AIDS has decimated much of the population. Her future could easily have been bleak – but Angelina had a keen aptitude for maths. She financed her own schooling by selling cold drinks with her siblings […] 0

First Announcement: Fifth RUFORUM Biennial Conference, 2016

Fri, 20/05/2016 - 12:34
Dates: 17 – 21 October 2016 | Venue: Century City Conference Centre, Cape Town, South Africa It gives us great pleasure as the Organising Committee, to invite you to the FIFTH RUFORUM BIENNIAL CONFERENCE 2016 also known as the ‘African Higher Education Week’ to take place 17 – 21 October 2016 at the Century City […] 0

African Union Research Grants II Open Call for Proposals 2016 Edition

Fri, 20/05/2016 - 10:13
The African Union Commission launches Phase 2 of the African Union Research Grants programme with an open call for proposals for Research and Innovation in Africa supported by the European Union. This call for proposal supports Africa’s Science Technology and Innovation Strategy-2024 which addresses the aspirations identified under Agenda 2063 and Priority 3 on Human […] 0

Best 15 African universities in 2016

Thu, 19/05/2016 - 11:54
By Samuel Hinneh Speed read Out of 800 top universities worldwide, only 15 in Africa make the cut The universities were rated based on indicators such as research and innovation Experts say that partnerships are key to being among the best being best Five of the 15 top most ranked are members of the RUFORUM […] 0

Call for Nominations: Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi Prize

Mon, 16/05/2016 - 15:45
Deadline: No later than Wednesday 1 June 2016. This annual prize, named after the TWAS Fellow Fayzah M. Al-Kharafi, will recognize women scientists from Scientifically and Technologically (ST-) lagging countries. It carries a cash award of USD4,000 generously provided by Professor Al-Kharafi and will rotate among various fields of science. The first recipient of the […] 0