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RUFORUM Newsletter April-June 2023

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In this second edition of our newsletter, the focus is on transformation of Agricultural Higher and Tertiary Education in Africa. The interest in this topic arises from the fact that our continent is currently able to create new jobs for one third of its annual 10 million workforce entrants. While the continent is endowed with several bio-physical resources, including 65% of the world’s remaining land suitable for arable agriculture, productivity of the sector is still low. According to various reports including apex agencies on the continent like the African Development Bank, Africa’s economy remains resilient even after the COVID-19 economy lockdown and ongoing externalities.

Collectively, Africa has demonstrated ability to grow even under unfavourable conditions in part due to its endowments, especially, its most precious assets, the human capital and growing conducive investment environment. In 2022 for example, Foreign direct investment (FDI) flows to Africa reached $83 billion – a record – from $39 billion in 2020, accounting for 5.2 per cent of global FDI. Such interest in the continent, impacts Africa’s key sector of agriculture, that underpins livelihoods of 60% of its 1.4 billion people and the average Gross Domestic Product of 20%. The Higher Education sector especially for Agriculture and its related disciplines, must cease the opportunity of the moment to develop the relevant human capital that will drive economic transformation. African Universities, the anchor for agriculture, higher and tertiary education must also play leading roles in developing innovations, and creating business opportunities for its young graduates and economy. This is more agent given the fact that the future of jobs across Africa show that only 20% of graduates will ever find a job in formal employment. The vast majority must therefore engage in the economy through self employment, agriculture and service delivery being the bedrock for that process.

It is in that regard, that RUFORUM is focusing its 19th Annual General Meeting, on transformation of Agricultural, Higher and Tertiary Education. and this newsletter highlights some of the work that Africa’s universities are doing in that regard. In this Issue, we reflect on the future of higher education in Africa given the opportunity and challenges it faces: Strategic partnerships with Africa’s private sector to create jobs and wealth; conversations and dialogue on the need for integrated training programming across university programmes; Inclusive training of the next generation of Africa’s Scientists and human resources, and; strategic research in climate science. The issue also contains voices from the field in which Africa’s young workforce shares the work-life transition from studentships supported by RUFORUM and implemented by Member universities and communities. This is an interesting development as it demonstrates the African spirit of ubuntu (humanity) with the young people giving back to their communities, by enhancing resilience to climate change, skilling farming communities in productive agriculture while creating jobs and wealth. All this has been made possible, by the unwavering support of our member universities and their partners, African Governments, Development Partners, diverse communities and partners, and friends in the global south and north. to these partners, we say Thank you and pledge our commitment to collaboratively work in enabling Africa build an equitable and thriving place, the aspiration of Agenda 2063: The Africa we want.

Professor Patrick Okori
EXECUTIVE SECRETARY

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Advert: Mature Age Entry Scheme – Private Sponsorship 2024/2025

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Students sit for an exam in the pre-COVID era, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda.

The Academic Registrar, Makerere University invites applications for the Undergraduate
Programmes under the Mature Age Entry Scheme only for Private Sponsorship for
2024/2025 Academic Year.
Non-Refundable Application fee of Shs. 50,000/= for Ugandans OR $75 Equivalent for
Internationals, plus bank charge should be paid in any of the banks used by Uganda
Revenye Authority after generating a Payment Reference Number (PRN).

  • Apply using the Institution’s Applications Portal URL:https: //apply.mak.ac.ug
  • Application is for candidates who passed the Mature Age Entry Examinations of December 17, 2022 and February 24, 2024 only.
  • Any candidate who passed the examinations in mentioned above and was not admitted on Government/ Private sponsorship for December 17, 2022 sitting, and for Government sponsorship for February 24, 2024 sitting, is eligible to apply for admission on Private Sponsorship for 2024 /2025 Academic Year.

The closing date for applying will be Friday 26th July, 2024.

Further details can be accessed by following this link.

Prof. Mukadasi Buyinza
ACADEMIC REGISTRAR

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Diploma/Degree Holders Admission Lists 2024/25

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Main Library, Makerere University. Photo taken on 29th February 2016.

The Office of Academic Registrar, Makerere University has released lists of Diploma/Degree Holder applicants admitted under Private/Self Sponsorship for the academic year 2024/25. Please note that admission is subject to verification of academic documents by the awarding institutions.

The admission list is displayed here below:

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African Futures Research Leadership Program: Cohort 5 – Call for Scholars

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Participants at the initial AAP convening participate in design-thinking exercises to help imagine the future of partnerships between MSU and Africa. Photo: AAP

The Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) is seeking applicants for the fifth cohort of the AAP African Futures Research Leadership Program. This competitive visiting scholar program supports early career researchers from the AAP consortium to work for one year under the mentorship of faculty members from MSU and their home institution, focusing on building skills in research for impact, writing scholarly and/or policy publications, disseminating of research results, and developing grant proposals for external support. Scholars will also participate in a structured professional development program while building bridges and lasting connections with MSU contacts and across their cohort. 

The main objective of the African Futures program is to strengthen the capacity of a cadre of African researchers to return to their home institutions and become scientific leaders in their community, establish long-term partnerships with MSU faculty, co-create innovative solutions to Africa’s challenges, and in turn become trainers of the next generation of researchers. This program aims to address the gender gap in Africa, where only 30% of researchers are women, so scholars selected for the program will be women, or men who can demonstrate they are committed to support efforts towards gender equity in higher education institutions in Africa. The research areas that the scholars will engage in during the program should be aligned to AAP’s research priority areas

The AAP Management Team requests applications from early career researchers to participate in the next cohort, with work to begin virtually in February 2025. Scholars will spend September – December 2025 at MSU for the in-person portion of the program, followed by another period of virtual collaboration, ending in early 2026. The scholar and mentor team will receive a small grant for research and professional development activities including conference attendance and publication. Scholars will also receive a stipend during their time at MSU, visa application support, and round-trip travel from their home institution.

Eligibility

  • Citizen of an African country 
  • Completion of a PhD degree within the last 10 years 
  • Employed as an Academic Staff member at one of the AAP African consortium universities including Egerton University, Makerere University, University of Dar es Salaam, Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources, University of Botswana, University of Nigeria, Nsukka, University Cheikh Anta Diop, University of Arts and Humanities, Bamako, United States International University-Africa, and University of Pretoria 
  • Have documented approval of leave or sabbatical to participate in the program for the in-person period 
  • Have a mentor at their home institution that will serve as a collaborator and mentor
  • Research must be in one of the AAP priority areas
  • Applicants may only submit one proposal to AAP in this round of funding. Prior scholars are not eligible to apply. 

To learn more about the program, including how to apply, click below

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Applications to be an African Futures scholar are due August 18, 2024

Additional program dates:

  • Program start date (virtual): February 2025
  • In-person program: Sept – Dec 2025
  • Program end date: February 2026

Please contact Jose Jackson-Malete at jacks184@msu.edu or +1 517-353-6989 with any questions.

Source: AAP

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