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CHEA 2010: Reaffirming Commitment to Higher Education in Agric

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The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to once again announce the Ministerial Conference on Higher Education in Agriculture (CHEA) due 15th – 19th November, 2010.

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) is pleased to once again announce the Ministerial Conference on Higher Education in Agriculture (CHEA) due 15th – 19th November, 2010.Agriculture is Africa’s greatest industry and is recognized as the essential engine for economic development. However, all major studies have highlighted the urgent need to strengthen Africa’s human and institutional capacity for agricultural innovation to fill in the gap of a large missing generation of African scientists.

A recent World Bank study concluded “African universities and other institutions of higher learning ultimately will be responsible for replenishing the stock of human capital in national research and extension services, and for providing the broader set of skills necessary to grow agriculture in the 21st century. However, they are ill prepared at present to train the continent’s next generation of agricultural scientists, professionals, and technicians. The report concluded “…urgent action must be taken to restore the quality of graduate and
postgraduate agricultural education in Africa.

In this regard, a regional meeting of African Ministers and senior officials responsible for Education, Agriculture, Science & Technology, Finance and Planning is being convened by Uganda Government and RUFORUM with the support of national, regional and international partners to discuss strengthening Higher Education in Agriculture, so that African Universities and other Education institutions can contribute more effectively to the CAADP process. The RUFORUM Vice Chancellors mandated RUFORUM to facilitate the meeting arrangements. The proposed ministerial conference aims to consolidate these recent developments by strengthening high level partnerships and policy support for re-engineering African Higher Education in Agriculture and Science.

Objectives of the Conference

1. To mobilize high level political and development commitment for increasing investments in Capacity development, including higher education, science and innovations in Africa
2. To focus attention of persons with the authority and influence to make a difference on the urgent need to address the state of professional and tertiary agricultural education in Africa (including a review of progress in implementing the Dar-es-Salaam meeting of Ministers and the Cape Town Declaration of Ministers responsible for Science and Technology)
3. To highlight the capacity implications (including numbers of scientists and agricultural professionals) of the 6% CAADP growth target;
4. To agree on the priority actions needed by governments, universities and other actors for learning institutions to produce graduates who are fit for purpose in 21st century Africa including how to modernize the facilities, offer cost effective quality academic programmes that respond to the needs of countries and students and achieve excellence and professional satisfaction (both academic staff and students).
5. To consolidate the various NEPAD continental funding targets towards science and capacity development (this includes the 1% GDP science
investment; CAADP 10% allocations etc) and give appropriate guidance to national finance authorities;
6. To facilitate international networking to spur and sustain re-engineering of Higher Education Institutions in Africa.
7. To mobilize African universities to be more pro-active in engaging in Africa’s development and in particular to make their due contribution to research and innovation

For more details, download the Concept Note and Conference Programme.

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Veteran Professor changed Makerere and Higher Education

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Professor Pancras John Mukasa Ssebuwufu (L) receives a plaque and citation from RUFORUM Board Member and Vice Chancellor Ndejje University-Professor Eriabu Lugujjo (Right) on 6th May 2021 at the RUFORUM Secretariat, Plot 155 Garden Hill, Makerere University Main Campus,

When Professor John Ssebuwufu ambled up to receive a certificate of recognition for his ‘exceptional’ contribution to higher education from the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) at Makerere University (MU), he was thinking of many things, such as rewarding staff, that he could have done differently to impact university education more.

But he did what he could have done, under the circumstances.

He presided over MU (in 1993) when student enrolment was 5,000 and left in 2004 when the population was surging to more than 15,000.

He emphasised the use of information communication technologies in almost all the institutions he had been involved in and sent many academic staff on exchanges to boost research and innovation. Now, more African universities engage in ground-breaking research.

So, he proceeded to accept his recognition and make his acceptance speech, which was mostly about gratitude.

Ssebuwufu, 74, who is currently the chancellor at Kyambogo University and the vice-chancellor of the University of Kisubi, is credited for his exemplary leadership and pragmatic methods that have shaped higher education in Uganda and Africa as a whole.

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022

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Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program 2021/2022. Photo credit: AfDB

The Japan Africa Dream Scholarship (JADS) Program is a capacity building project by the AfDB and Japan which was initiated in 2017 with the aim of providing two-year scholarship awards to highly achieving African graduate students to enable them to undergo post-graduate studies (i.e. a two-year Master’s degree program) in selected priority development areas on the continent and Japan. The overarching goal the AfDB and the Government of Japan seek to attain is to enhance skills and human resources development in Africa in under the Bank’s High 5s agenda (i.e. “Feed Africa”, “Light up Africa”, “Industrialize Africa”, “Integrate Africa” and “Improve the quality of life of the people of Africa”) and key Japanese development assistance initiatives. JADS core areas of study focus include energy, agriculture, health, environmental sustainability, and engineering. The program also seeks to promote inter-university collaboration and university-industry partnerships between Japan and Africa. Upon completion of their studies, the JADS scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills in the public and private sectors, and contribute to national and continental socio-economic development.

About the JADS program

The JADS Program is open to applicants from AfDB member countries with relevant professional experience and a history of supporting their countries’ development efforts who are applying to a graduate degree program in energy development and related discipline.  The program does not provide scholarships to any other graduate degree program.

The scholarship program provides tuition, a monthly living stipend, round-trip airfare, health insurance, and travel allowance.

Upon completion of their studies, the beneficiary scholars are expected to return to their home countries to apply and disseminate their newly acquired knowledge and skills, and contribute to the promotion of sustainable development of their countries.

Who is Eligible to Apply?

The program is open to those who have gained admission to an approved Masters degree course at a Japanese partner university. Candidates should be 35 years old or younger; in good health; with a Bachelor’s degree or its equivalent in the energy area or related area; and have a superior academic record. Upon completion of their study programs, scholars are expected to return to their home country to contribute to its economic and social development.

Application Procedures

  1. Applicant requests for information and application forms and procedures from the chosen JADS partner university. For any inquiries, please contact JADS@AFDB.ORG
  2. Applicant completes required documents and sends them to the university.
  3. University evaluates and selects applicants.
  4. University sends selected candidates to the AfDB.
  5. AfDB reviews submissions from universities, prepares and approves the final list.
  6. AfDB contacts selected awardees, and informs the universities.

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WHS Regional Meeting Africa 2021: Finance Chairperson’s Update

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Prof. Tonny J. Oyana, Finance Chairperson, World Health Summit Regional Meeting Africa, June 2021.

SOPs: Our plan is to have 200 sets of people in different spacious rooms…

Prof. Tonny j. oyana, finance chairperson whs regional meeting africa

We are sincerely grateful to our sponsors…

Over 15 core sponsors…

Sessions: 60% Virtual, 40% Onsite…

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