Experiences and lessons from implementing RUFORUM supported regional MSc. and PhD programmes

This paper gives an overview on the implementation of joint postgraduate degree training programmes being run by RUFORUM, a consortium of 25 universities in the eastern, central and southern Africa region. These programmes involve joint training by faculty from different universities at a common centre (lead university). The paper discusses some of the challenges and opportunities encountered and clearly shows that a new generation of competent, skilled and highly motivated pool of young scientists are being trained to spearhead agricultural development in the region.
Ce document donne un aperçu sur la mise en oeuvre de la formation de programmes d’études post-universitaires communs gérés par RUFORUM, un consortium de 25 universités dans région de l’Afrique l’est, du centrale et australe. Ces programmes concernent la formation conjointe des professeurs de différentes universités à un centre commun (Université de plomb). Le document examine certains défis et opportunités rencontrées, et montre clairement que la nouvelle génération de pool de jeunes scientifiques, compétents, qualifiés et très motivés sont formés comme fer de lance du développement agricole dans la région.
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East Africa
RUFORUM Conferences and Workshops
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About the RUFORUM 2010 Biennal Conference
"The 2010 RUFORUM Biennial Conference was the second in the series. The main objective of the Biennial conferences is to provide a platform for agricultural research for development stakeholders in Africa and beyond to actively exchange findings and experiences, while at the same time learning lessons towards improving performance of the agricultural sector and ultimately people’s livelihoods. The biennial conference is RUFORUM’s most comprehensive meeting for the diversity of stakeholders in agriculture. It is especially dedicated to graduate students and their supervisors, grantees in RUFORUM member universities and alumni. It is a platform for peer review, quality control, mentorship, networking and shared learning. This record contains an extended abstract accepted under the theme of Strengthening Higher Education"