RUFORUM recognised for its exemplary leadership and role in promoting Networking and collaboration in Higher Education, Research and S&T across Africa
On the 9th December, 2015 during the Science Forum South Africa (SFSA), RUFORUM was awarded with the SFSA Science Diplomacy Award in the category recognizing “an international science partnership which has made an outstanding contribution to advancing African regional cooperation, integration and development .” RUFORUM was recognised for it’s work in supporting postgraduate training and networks of specialisation, especially in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA). The Award was conferred by Minister Naledi Pandor at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Pretoria. Specifically the Committee noted that RUFORUM had been instrumental to promote regional integration and cooperation in agricultural research in support of regional development strategies.
RUFORUM has enhanced networking of African universities, linking them both to the rural communities and policy makers and supported internal transformation of higher education institutions for impact. RUFORUM has trained over 381 PhDs and 1,373 Masters within Africa with a 94% retention rate of alumni working in their countries of origin.
While receiving the award, the Executive Secretary, Professor Adipala Ekwamu thanked the South African Minister of Science and Technology, Dr. Naledi Pandor for convening the Forum that brought over 1,500 participants to talk about Science, Technology and research geared towards addressing the Science Agenda for Africa. Professor Adipala attributed this success to African universities working together as a network and focusing on where they could work together rather than on competition. He also thanked her for South Africa’s role in strengthening regional collaboration.
Among the delegates who attended the forum were H.E Dr. Nkosazana Clarice Dlamini Zuma, African Union Chairperson and Dr. Martial De-Paul Ikounga, African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology. RUFORUM thanks the Forum for this recognition. Click here to download the press release or here to read related stories from the forum.