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[RUFORUM Newsletter] Transforming Higher Education to Sustainably Feed and Create Prosperity for Africa

Wed, 27/12/2023 - 22:08
Newsletter Highlights This brief highlights of happenings at the 19th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting and Conference in Yaounde, Cameroon African Universities in other media News from Member Universities Partnerships for strengthening higher agricultural education Please read the newsletter from here

[Press Release] Second RUFORUM Triennial Conference Set to Take Place in Windhoek, Namibia in August 2024

Sat, 16/12/2023 - 10:06
[Windhoek, December 8, 2023] – A significant step towards advancing agricultural research and innovation in Africa was taken today as the University of Namibia (UNAM) and the International University of Management (IUM), both members of RUFORUM (Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture), signed a tripartite memorandum of agreement to co-organize the second RUFORUM […]

[RUFORUM-Thought Piece] Strengthening North-South Partnerships in Higher and Tertiary Education: Bridging the Divide for Global Progress

Fri, 15/12/2023 - 07:45
Introduction: In an increasingly interconnected and interdependent world, the importance of global collaboration in higher and tertiary education cannot be overstated. North-South partnerships play a pivotal role in addressing the challenges and seizing the opportunities that transcend national borders in higher and tertiary education. These partnerships between institutions and individuals from more economically developed “North” […]

[RUFORUM-Thought Piece] Unleashing the Potential of 5G and 6G networks to Improve Teaching and Learning in Africa

Mon, 11/12/2023 - 11:11
Africa is home to the world’s most youthful and rapidly expanding population. By 2030, it is projected that the continent will be inhabited by 1.7 billion individuals, more than half of whom will be under 25 years old[1]. Africa’s youth is anything but passive; they are dynamically engaged in shaping their own destiny. The millennial […]

[RUFORUM-AICCRA-IRI] Training session on “Introduction to climate information services for agriculture”

Fri, 08/12/2023 - 12:48
Date: 12th – 14th December 2023Time: 16:00hrs EATRegistration Link https://bit.ly/47n9trR

[RUFORUM-Thought Piece] “The Journey towards Net Zero: What lessons can Africa learn from Europe?”

Thu, 07/12/2023 - 16:38
Background The term Net Zero is used to describe a state in which greenhouse gas emissions into the atmosphere are balanced by greenhouse gases removed from the atmosphere. The increase in global temperature the world is experiencing is strongly linked to cumulative Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, but other greenhouse gases, notably methane, also contribute. The […]

[Press Release] RUFORUM Advances Regional Expansion with the Launching of the West Africa Node

Sat, 02/12/2023 - 12:01
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture [RUFORUM] took a significant step in its expansion strategy during the 19th Annual General Meeting [AGM] held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Following the approval of the establishment of two regional nodes, one in Western Africa and one in Southern Africa by the 17th General Assembly held in […]

RUFORUM 19th AGM Urges Africa to Take the Lead on Climate Action

Thu, 30/11/2023 - 10:39
#RUFORUMAGM2023 As the impacts of climate change are increasingly being felt across Africa, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) has reminded African Governments that their climate commitments are key to preserving the continent’s unique natural resources. The appeal was made on 1st November 2023 in Yaoundé, Cameroon, where higher education leaders, […]

Call for M&E application for AgriENGAGE Project

Wed, 22/11/2023 - 16:23
The AgriENGAGE project brings a consortium of universities from East, West, and North Africa with partners in Europe and RUFORUM as a regional network body. The universities that make up the consortium include; Egerton University, Pwani University (Kenya); Uganda Martyrs University, Gulu University (Uganda), University of Abomey Calavi, National University of Agriculture (Benin), Mohammed VI […]

The Open Door Fellowship Program – Applications are Open

Tue, 21/11/2023 - 10:17
Ready to elevate your scientific journey? The Open Doors Fellowship Program (ODFP) coordinated by IPBO (International Plant Biotechnology Outreach) in collaboration with VLIR-UOS and UGent, is designed exclusively for post-doctoral and mid-career women researchers employed within African (inter)national research centers and universities. The ODFP is committed to addressing the critical need to prevent female talent […]

The 19th RUFORUM AGM calls for consolidated efforts towards transforming higher agricultural and tertiary education in Africa

Tue, 21/11/2023 - 09:32
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 163 universities in 40 African countries held its 19th Annual General Meeting at the Palais De Congres in Yaoundé, Cameroon from 28th October to 2nd November 2023. The first of its kind in West and Central Africa, the RUFORUM AGM 2023 provided an opportunity for […]

[Carnegie Corporation of New York] The Role of Data in Empowering African Academics

Sun, 19/11/2023 - 17:10
Earlier this year, I attended the biennial Conference of Rectors, Vice-Chancellors, and Presidents of African Universities in Windhoek, Namibia, where a number of Carnegie Corporation of New York grantees shared assessments of their work, results, and possible solutions to the challenges they are facing. Among the grantee presenters were representatives from ESSA (Education Sub Saharan Africa), who presented […]

Historic Memorandum of Understanding Signed Between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the University of Bamenda, Cameroon

Fri, 17/11/2023 - 14:42
[YAOUNDE, CAMEROON] – In a groundbreaking collaboration, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development [MINADER] in Cameroon has inked a Memorandum of Understanding [MoU] with the University of Bamenda. This monumental agreement, the first of its kind between the Ministry and universities in Cameroon, is poised to revolutionize the landscape of agricultural development in the […]

RUFORUM-Call for Post- Doctoral Fellowships Call ID: RU/2023/Post-Doctoral Fellowship/0003: Unleashing the potential of African science leaders  

Thu, 16/11/2023 - 09:53
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM); a network of 163 universities in 40 African countries. RUFORUM with funding from Carnegie Corporation of New York invites applications from Senior Academics from Makerere University in Uganda, Universite Evangelique en Afrique in D.R. Congo and University of Juba in South Sudan to support 24-month […]

[University World News] Universities have frontline role to play in food production

Mon, 13/11/2023 - 11:02
#RUFORUMAGM2023 Stronger collaboration between stakeholders in the agriculture value chain to improve food production as well as fight against hunger and climate change in Africa is critical. This has been resolved at the 19th annual general meeting (AGM) of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) themed ‘Transforming Higher Education to Sustainably […]

[University World News] Dire need for free access to agricultural repository

Sun, 05/11/2023 - 08:03
The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the West and Central African Research and Education Network (WACREN) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to enhance scientific and scholarly communication in Africa, according to a post on The RUFORUM Blog. Under the MOU, the bodies plan to establish an agricultural data repository that will […]

PrAEctiCe Partners Meeting in Uganda

Sun, 05/11/2023 - 07:35
The PrAEctiCe project consortium convened for a Partners Meeting in Entebbe, Uganda, from the 26th to the 28th of September 2023, as the inaugural year of implementation concluded in October 2023. The purpose of the meeting was to assess the progress made in the first year of project activities and to plan for the upcoming year. Additionally, […]

Cameroon Higher Education Day, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Thu, 02/11/2023 - 10:20
#RUFORUMAGM2023 October 25, 2023 – Yaoundé – RUFORUM Member universities in Cameroon, with support from the RUFORUM secretariat and the Government of the Republic of Cameroon, came together to host the Cameroon Higher Education Day on October 25, 2023, at the University of Yaoundé1, Yaoundé, Cameroon. The event was inaugurated with the theme “Harnessing and […]

The 19th RUFORUM AGM Week

Wed, 01/11/2023 - 18:43
A Brief on the 19th RUFORUM AGM Week #RUFORUMAGM2023 Welcome to the 19th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of RUFORUM. This year, we are hosted by the West and Central Africa region, for the first time, by Cameroon under the Distinguished Patronage of His Excellency Paul Biya, Head of State and President of the Republic of […]

RUFORUM-WACREN Open Science Initiative: Policy Brief

Thu, 19/10/2023 - 17:57
Background The UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science (OS) advocates a set of principles and practices as an international standard for sharing and advancing scientific discoveries at significantly reduced or no costs while maintaining transparency and credibility. Similar, calls have been made for immediate and affordable access to knowledge on the global and intergovernmental stage. With […]

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