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RUFORUM 2010: A networking platform for young and older scientists



The key objective of the RUFORUM biennial conference is to provide a platform for research for development stakeholders in the region to network, share experiences and lesson learning towards enhanced capacity for implementing an innovation systems approach.

The key objective of the RUFORUM biennial conference is to provide a platform for research for development stakeholders in the region to network, share experiences and lesson learning towards enhanced capacity for implementing an innovation systems approach.This five day workshop will be held at the Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe, Uganda from 20th to 24th September, 2010, and will be co-organised by The Regional Universities’ Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture – RUFORUM and Makerere University. The meeting will bring together various stakeholders from research and training institutions from within and outside Africa. Also involved with be other organizations representing the entire value chain including development partners, non-governmental institutions and private sector organisations.

The meeting will be designed to include key presentations from distinguished leading scientists and development practitioners to set the scene. Students and staff that are currently supported by RUFORUM will deliver presentations on their research activities and opportunity will be provided for participants to critique presentations. It is proposed to link with AGRINATURA to bring in European participation, and through the Forum for Agricultural Research in Africa (FARA) and ANAFE (African Network for Agricultural and Forestry Education), participation from West Africa and The Strengthening Capacity for Agricultural Research and Development in Africa (SCARDA) Programme. It is also planned to work with SADC to ensure participation of The Implementation and Coordination of Agricultural Research and Training (ICART) sponsored research projects and graduate students.

Students will be encouraged by special awards to be given to best oral and poster presentations. Other scientists and development practitioners will also have opportunity to present their research work. Special interest groups, such as the Hohenheim University Food Security Centre, will be given opportunity to hold their meetings within the Conference framework. A field day will also be arranged to allow for exposure to practical field issues.

The key expected outcome of the meeting will be strengthened innovation capacities of meeting participants including future graduates of agriculture. Networks will also be created. It is hoped that these will lead to greater social benefits from the current research activities by RUFORUM and other Research and Development Networks.

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4th Call For Applications: MURBS Departmental Ambassadors



URBRA’s Mrs. Ritah Nansasi Wasswa (2nd L) assisted by Ag. University Secretary-Mr. Yusuf Kiranda (L) hands over a plaque of recognition to Outgoing Trustee-Ms. Dorothy Nannozi Kabanda (2nd R) as Incoming Trustee-Ms. Franco Angida Mugyema (R) applauds during the MURBS Board Handover on 26th March 2021.

In February 2018, the Makerere University Retirement Benefits Scheme (MURBS) launched the Departmental Ambassadors Programme. MURBS hopes to use this Ambassadors Programme to engage more directly with its membership and enhance member education. MURBS further perceives this Programme as a means to mitigate succession planning risks.

MURBS Fund Value continues to grow, and as at 31st March 2021, it stood at Ushs 235.5bn as compared to Ushs 209.6bn as at 30th June 2020. Given this growth, there is increased need for prospective Trustees, who are well equipped with relevant knowledge and skills, and with practical exposure to the management and governance of MURBS.


  1. Must be employed by the University on permanent terms
  2. Must be an Active Member of the Scheme (currently contributing to the Scheme) and appear on the Official Register of the MURBS Active Membership as at 30th April 2021.
  3. Must be willing to commit time to trainings and other ambassadorial activities organised by the Scheme.

Mode of training for 4th Cohort of Ambassadors

Training for this (4th) Cohort of Ambassadors is envisaged to be conducted over the zoom online platform only, due to Covid-19 restrictions. The Scheme does not envisage any face-to-face interactions.

Tenure of Office & Termination or Withdrawal

There is no tenure of office for the Departmental Ambassador. As long as a member is willing to continue serving as an Ambassador, and the Ambassador continues to satisfy the eligibility criteria above, she or he will remain a MURBS Ambassador.

How to Apply

Interested members should complete the MURBS Departmental Ambassador Application Form 01-0218. The completed Form together with the requested attachments should be sent to info[at] and copy to wilber.naigambi[at] no later than 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 14th June 2021. We discourage hand delivery of applications.

Confirmation/Approval Process

MURBS shall acknowledge receipt of each application received within 12 hours and will respond to the applicants to confirm the status of their application in writing (by e-mail). Upon approval of the application, the name of the approved Ambassador together with the Department and School/Unit will be updated on the list of the MURBS Departmental Ambassadors in the Group 4 category and published on the MURBS website.

NOTE: There is no limit as to the number of ambassadors that MURBS can have in a department.

Please see Downloads for the detailed call and application form.

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Chair Council Communication on Closure of Makerere University



An older photo of the Main Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from across the Freedom Square. Date taken: 22nd October 2012.

7th June 2021

All Members of Staff
All Students and Stakeholders
Makerere University


Following the address to the Nation by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of Uganda, on 6th June 2021, this is to inform you that the University will be closed with effect from today 7th June 2021 for 42days.

During the closure, the University shall observe a 30% physical presence of staff while other faculty and administrative staff shall continue to work online.

Management will inform staff and students on the implementation of teaching, learning, and research activities online. Construction activities shall continue as per the President’s directives and with strict adherence to the COVID-19 SOPs.

Yours sincerely,

Lorna Magara (Mrs.)
Chairperson, Makerere University Council

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RUFORUM: Transforming Higher Education Videos and Links



Delegates brainstorm during the 15th RUFORUM AGM held at the University of Cape Coast (UCC) in Ghana from 2-6 December, 2019. Photo credit: RUFORUM

Video Series developed by Julieta Mazzola, EARTH University.


  1. What is Community Engagement?  Video 1 of 3.
  2. Different Forms of University Engagement with the Community. Video 2 of 3.
  3. Student learning through Community Engagement. Video 3 of 3.

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