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The Training and Quality Assurance Program

The RUFORUM Training and Quality Assurance (TQA) Program has three objectives:

  1. Support the implementation of regional training programs that are responsive to the market demands and opportunities and provides practical changes in training programs,
  2. Enhance staff and students skills through provision of specific skill enhancement course and greater networking and collaboration through staff and students exchanges;  
  3. Strengthen and harmonizing the quality assurance of the postgraduate training programmes in the region.

The Training Unit contributes to the overall RUFORUM theory of change by facilitating the institutionalization of improved training in faculties of agriculture and related sciences with an aim of creating a critical mass of proactive and skilled graduates. RUFORUM Training Unit recognizes that one key driving force behind the change at the sector level are the high quality, relevant, graduates coming out of the agricultural postgraduate training system. As such, these highly skilled and proactive graduates become professionals working in the agriculture sector. Once there is a critical mass of professionals, the assumptions is that these will drive change within their own organizations. These organizations then train the next generation of high quality graduates, creating a virtuous circle of improvement in agricultural research and training that RUFORUM is aiming to catalyze.

Evaluations and studies done

  1. Case studies on RUFORUM Regional PhD Programmes: Dryland Resource Management, Soil and Water Management, Food Science and Nutrition, Plant Breeding and Biotechnology and Agricultural and Rural Innovation training programs (2014) – By Rose Njeru
  2. Case studies on RUFORUM Regional Masters Degree Programmes (2014) - By Rose Njeru
  3. Strengthening the design and management of PhD programs in African universities: A case study of three RUFORUM regional PhD programs (2014) - By Patrick Okori
  4. Getting the Green Revolution-What are the challenges : A PhD Programme to Tackle Challenges of Ecology and Livelihoods in the Drylands (2012) - By Megan Lindow
  5. A Report on a mission to Bunda College of Agriculture and Sokoine University of Agriculture (2009) - By Patrick Okori
  6. A Special Report on QAMs scoping studies in eastern, and southern Africa (2009) -  By Robert K. Obura, Tim Ngwira, Joseph Cossam and Sylvia Chindime
  7. A study of Agricultural Graduates in Eastern, Central, and Southern Africa: Demand, Quality and Job Performance Issues (2009) - By Malcolm Blackie, Maxwell Mutema and Andrew Ward
  8. Institutional Analysis to Support the Development and Implementation of Competitive Regional Postgraduate training programmes in RUFORUM Universities with Special Focus on the PhD Programmes (2009) - By Patrick Okori
  9. A Report on Scoping study of Quality Assurance Mechanisms in selected NATURA Universities (2009) - By Wellington N. Ekaya and Agnes Akwang Obua-Ogwal
  10. Project document for regional MSc and PhD programmes in plant breeding and biotechnology (2008) - By the RUFORUM Secretariat and Makerere University
  11. Challenges and Opportunities of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture in Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Uganda and Zimbabwe (2005) -  By Malcolm Blackie and Paul Woomer

Useful Training and Quality Assurance Resources

  1. A Quality Assurance Mechanism Accumulation and Transfer System: Handbook for Strengthening Postgraduate Training and Research Programs in Eastern, Central and Southern Africa
  2. TQA Briefing Note 2014 / 2015
  3. Graduate Teaching Assistantship Background Document