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RUFORUM PI Wins 2019 Young African Researchers Award

Prof. Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo at the 13th RUFORUM Annual General Meeting in 2017 in Lilongwe, Malawi

Prof. Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, has won the 2019 Young African Researchers Award. He was selected for “authenticity and quality of scientific research in the field of Agriculture and Food Sciences. The award was given to him by the Academy of Scientific research and Technology (ASRT) of Egypt.

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A Design and Innovation Summit for Youth in Uganda with TEWDI and D-Lab: Development

D-Lab Team with research scientists at CREEC, Makerere University. Kampala, Uganda May 2019. Image: MIT D-Lab

The highlights of our second day included a visit to Makerere University and the Center for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC). We spoke with some of the local research scientists about their work on the systematic testing of stovetop and solar panel quality. It was exciting to learn about how their work is used to help both families and businesses make more informed choices, and how this is working towards improving the lives of everyone in Uganda.

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Position Paper: Support to Innovation and Innovation Systems within the Framework of Swedish Research Cooperation

Dr. Phyllis Awor, Makerere University School of Public Health (MakSPH), Kampala Uganda. Photo: Lindi van Niekerk, Social Innovation in Health Initiative, TDR

This position paper highlights the importance of innovation in development, and especially its relevance for sustainable development and achieving the goals of Agenda 2030 in low- and lower middle-income countries. The conclusions are drawn from the context of research cooperation supported by Sida. The paper provides a general description of Sida’s support as well as recommendations for the future.

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The Vice Chancellor urges University Students to embrace new skills to survive in the competitive world

Students from Makerere University and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland posing for a photo with some of the trainers at  the  launch of the Pearl of Africa Leadership Camp.

The Vice Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has urged University students to embrace new skills and technology if they are to survive in the competitive world of work. He said this while addressing over 50 Students from Makerere University and the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, while launching a 10-day training dubbed the Pearl of Africa Leadership Camp. The Leadership Camp brings together students from Makerere University and the University of Edinburgh who are sponsored by Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program.

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Press Release: Seedstars World Returning to Africa for 7th Time

Seedstars World Returning to Africa for the 7th Time. Applications are now open

Geneva, Switzerland, 27th, May 2019 - Seedstars World, the largest early-stage startup competition for emerging markets and fast-growing startup scenes, is coming back to the continent for the 7th time. The Seedstars World Tour will visit 26 Sub Saharan African countries this year and will visit Sierra Leone and Cabo Verde for the first time. This year, Seedstars  World has implemented some significant changes  to the format and will organise a number of side activities:

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Revitalisation of the Makerere University Press

The Arts Quadrangle, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS), Kampala Uganda. Three publications from CHUSS will be launched at the revitalisation of the Makerere University Press on 30th May 2019.

The Makerere University Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT) has been implementing activities aimed at revitalising the Makerere University Press (MUP). In line with this strategic focus, we are pleased to inform you that we will be launching three (3) maiden publications namely;

1. Contemporary African Philosophers: A Critical Appraisal by Wilfred Lajul

2. The Power of Identity: Imbalu Initiation Ritual Among the Bamasaaba of Uganda by J.P.W. Khamalwa

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MOOC: How to Write a PhD Research Proposal

Prof. Buyinza Mukadasi, Director, Directorate of Research and Graduate Training (DRGT), Makerere University, Kampala Uganda

The University of Oslo (UiO), Norway, and Jimma University (JU), Ethiopia, have developed an online course -- a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) -- on How to Write a PhD proposal as part of the mobility and capacity-developing program NORPART: EXCEL SMART. It is funded by the NORPART: EXCEL SMART program and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Oslo.

This online course is based on a Scientific Writing Workshop delivered by Dr. Jeanette Magnus and Prof. Anne Moen in Addis Abeba and Jimma under the NORHED: SACCADE program funded by NORAD.

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Launch of 13th Economic Update on Human Capital in Uganda by the World Bank

The Main Administration Building, Makerere University, Kampala Uganda as seen from the Freedom Square. Makerere will host the launch of 13th Economic Update on Human Capital in Uganda.

The World Bank in collaboration with the School of Economics, College of Business and Management Sciences (CoBAMS) will launch the 13th Economic Update on Thursday, 30 May 2019 in the Makerere University Main Hall starting 9 am to 12 pm. This is one of the series of biannual updates on Uganda's Economy that takes stock of the recent developments and provides an outlook for the economy.

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ARUA and UKRI: Building Capacity and Driving Research Excellence Together

ARUA and UKRI: Building Capacity and Driving Research Excellence Together. Image:ARUA Booklet

In an exciting new international partnership, the African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) have joined-forces to use their collective knowledge, skills and regional expertise to tackle global challenges such as extreme poverty and disease, fragile states and displacement, gender inequalities and food insecurity.

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Pioneer RUFORUM student Prof Patience Mshenga appointed to ASARECA Board

Prof. Patience Mshenga speaking during a panel discussion at the 6th Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference 2018. Image:RUFORUM

Prof. Patience Mshenga, one of the pioneer RUFORUM supported PhD graduates, was on May 2nd, 2019 appointed to serve on the Executive Board of the Association for Strengthening Agricultural Research in Eastern and Central Africa (ASARECA). ASARECA is an inter-governmental organisation comprised of 12 member countries set up to address the common challenges and opportunities to agricultural research and development through collective action. On the board, Prof. Mshenga will represent higher education institutions in the region.

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