2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 147 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the call for 2022 RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC). The overall purpose of the RUFORUM Young African Entrepreneurs Competition (RUYAEC) is to catalyse entrepreneurship through promotion of business innovation and provision of seed funding to young entrepreneurs with creative and innovative business ideas. The call targets young entrepreneurs and incubates below 35 years of age to compete for 20 awards that show case their innovations, enterprises, business concepts and propositions.…

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Youths from Africa and the Arab World commit to advancing cooperation in agriculture, science, technology, innovation and trade through the Afro-Arab partnership

The Afro-Arab Youth Council (AAYC) in partnership with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) organized a youth dialogue under the theme, “Enhancing food security through innovations and planetary health: the role of youth.” Officiated by Major General Kahinda Otafiire Uganda’s Minister of Internal Affairs on behalf of His Excellency, the President of the Republic of Uganda, the dialogue brought together youth from Africa and the Arab World, and provided a platform for young people to interact with policy makers to shape the future of the Afro-Arab partnership. Over 300 delegates…

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RUFORUM award grants to 10 Post-Doctoral Fellows

Kampala, Uganda – The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a consortium of 147 Universities in 38 African Countries, is pleased to announce the recipients of the Post-Doctoral Fellowships funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York. The Makerere University Regional Center for Crop Improvement (MaRCCI; Uganda) will co-fund three fellowships to be based at the Makerere University Agricultural Research Institute Kabanyolo (MUARIK). The call for the Fellowships attracted 35 applicants from 14 countries in Africa from which, 10 final awardees were selected following evaluation by external reviewers.…

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RUFORUM Delegation Meets the Minister of Higher Education and Other Government Officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo

Cotonou 30th November 2021: The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) delegation had today a dinner meeting with the DRC Minister of Higher Education and his delegation for informal discussions about the arrangements of the RUFORUM Triennial Conference and the status and future perspective of the Ministry in enhancing quality education on the vast central African countries. The RUFORUM Delegation, led by Professor Adipala Ekwamu, the Executive Secretary, briefed the delegation about the triennial conference 2021 hosted by Beninese Government through the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific…

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RUFORUM PARTNERS with the AFRICAN DEVELOPMENT BANK to IMPLEMENT the JAPAN AFRICAN DREAM SCHOLARSHIP (JADS)

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 147 universities in 38 countries across the African continent won the bid from the African Development Bank (AfDB) to facilitate the Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Programme a capacity building project which was initiated in 2017. The programme aims to provide two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them undergo post-graduate studies (i.e., a two-year Master’s degree Programme) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The JADS Programme will be…

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Three (3) RUFORUM Network Member Universities Ranked among the Top Young Universities by the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2022

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), commends universities in Africa and through its various initiatives such as trainings, research grants, Innovation and academic mobility, will continue to support its member universities to deliver quality education and enable them rank higher globally. In the previous Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022, more than 1,600 universities were assessed worldwide across 13 performance indicators in five areas: teaching, research, knowledge transfer and international outlook. According to this Times Higher Education (THE) World University Rankings 2022, fourteen (14) RUFORUM…

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My PhD Journey: Reflections and Lessons Learnt

Beginning doctoral studies is one important step and is great for many reasons including self-esteem, usefulness to society and contribution to science fields especially when science is a passion. However, completion of a doctoral program is quite another! Obtaining a PhD can be considered a daunting task for many people. The four-year journey I took seemed endless. Having experienced it myself, I realized that you have to make sacrifices, disposing your nerves to constant pressure and stresses that are hard to surmount. With the support, determination and focus, I completed…

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