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RUFORUM Webinar 9: Remarks by Dr. Florence Nakayiwa

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RUFORUM Webinar Series 9 on Delivering Agricultural Advisory Services Post COVID-19 was held on 31st August 2020 from 2:00 to 4:00PM EAT.

Thank you Dr. Hlami Ngwenya, University of Free State, South Africa the Moderator for this 9th RUFORUM Webinar on the topic Delivering Agricultural Advisory Services in the COVID-19 era.

To our distinguished Panelists and Participants joining this Webinar you are most welcome. During the initial stages on this COVID-19 Pandemic era, RUFORUM, a network of 128 Universities in 38 African countries explored avenues to reach out and be part of the solution for this era that has impacted all ages, professions, disciplines and countries.

The RUFORUM webinar series are part of the initiative to put our heads together and explore different perspectives and galvanise actors into collective action and response to address the effects of the pandemic.

As a network of Universities, at RUFORUM we acknowledge that the pandemic has been particularly
brutal to education in general and higher education in particular, and this is not from the health perspective. We know that all universities were closed or in some of closure as a result of COVID-19. Research processes came to a grinding halt and community engagement has been almost nonexistent, not to mention the increased incidence of inequity in access to higher education as disadvantaged communities slide further because of the lack of access to the internet and other forms of connectivity.

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Resumption of Teaching and Learning for Final Year Medical Students

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Members of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Students Association (MAKCHSA) pose for a photo ahead of their 1st College Open Day and Alumni Convention held on 1st November 2019.

Featured image: Members of the Makerere University College of Health Sciences Students Association (MAKCHSA) pose for a photo ahead of their 1st College Open Day and Alumni Convention held on 1st November 2019.

This is to inform all Final Year Medical Students that teaching and learning activities which were halted following the closure of education institutions in a bid to prevent the spread of COVID-19, will resume on Saturday 3rd October 2020.

You are therefore required to report to your respective Deans in the College of Health Sciences for detailed information.

Note that you must strictly adheare to the Standard Operating Procedures put in place by the Ministry of Health to combat the spread of COVID-19 which include among others:

  • Mandatory wearing of a clean mask covering the mouth and nose
  • Social distancing
  • Washing of hands regularly and/or sanitizing hands

Further note that the schedule of the remaining semester shall cover 8 weeks (5 weeks for teaching and learning and 3 weeks of examinations).

Alfred Masikye-Namoah
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

17th September 2020

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IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme for Female Students

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Female graduands pose for the camera in January 2018 after a session of the 68th Graduation Ceremony, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Photo credit: GMD

Featured image: Female graduands pose for the camera in January 2018 after a session of the 68th Graduation Ceremony, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda. Photo credit: GMD

The application process has opened for female students interested in applying for a scholarship from the IAEA Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme (MSCFP) towards their Master’s degrees in nuclear science and technology, nuclear safety and security or non-proliferation. The fellowship will provide scholarships for up to 100 selected applicants annually, to help enhance the pool of qualified young women in the nuclear field. It also aims to support an inclusive workforce of both men and women for the future, contributing to global scientific and technological innovation from all over the world as diversity gives opportunity to greater creativity and productivity. Candidates have until midnight on 11 October 2020 to apply for the first 100 scholarships.

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RUFORUM Thought Piece on COVID-19: Are we prepared for an integrated Africa?

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RUFORUM Thought Piece on COVID-19 by Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, 6th President of the Republic of Mauritius

Featured image: RUFORUM Thought Piece on COVID-19 by Her Excellency Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, 6th President of the Republic of Mauritius

The current and future direction for the continent. Are we prepared for an integrated Africa?

January 2020, African countries signed on to the Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCFTA) and 30 have already ratified thus paving the way to the implementation of a single continental market for goods and services and laying the foundation for the establishment of the continental customs union.

The continent is taking a bold step towards multilateralism by creating the largest free trade area since the setting up of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 1995. Africa’s narrative is changing from that of a development perspective to an investment one. Countries want to attract investment and at the same time deepen the much needed regional and global engagement especially as we emerge out of the COVID 19 era.

Over the past few years, Africa’s annual GDP growth has consistently outpaced the global average and was expected to remain at least 6% until 2023. Even if COVID 19 has changed these projections; it is a fact that by 2050, the continent’s population is predicted to be over 2.5 billion, according to the United Nations and the World Economic Forum – more than the combined populations of China and India today. The richest 10% of the African continent will be driving demand for consumer goods and services and this represents at least 200 million people.

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