RUFORUM to hold its 13th Annual General Meeting hosted by the Government of Malawi, 25th-27th October, Lilongwe, Malawi


Prof. George Kanyama-Phiri, VC LUANAR and RUFORUM Board Deputy Chair (Left); Prof. Mabel Imbuga, VC JKUAT and RUFORUM Board Chair (Middle); Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, Executive Secretary RUFORUM Secretariat (Right)

Every year, the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), a network of 66 universities in 26 African countries, holds an Annual General Meeting which offers an opportunity for its members, stakeholders, and partners to take stock on the performance, relevance, and sustainability of the RUFORUM network.  This year the RUFORUM 13th Annual General Meeting will be held 25th-27th October, at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi, jointly hosted by the Government of Malawi and Malawian universities.

The 2017 AGM will provide RUFORUM governing bodies and their partners a special opportunity for a mid-term reflection on the implementation of the RUFORUM Strategic Business Plan (SBP2015-2020) while envisioning the future of Higher Agriculture Education and Science, Technology and Innovation development by 2030 in light of the Sustainable Development Goals and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 – the Africa We Want.

The three-day event will also include a total of 30 pre- and post-AGM side events ranging from statutory meetings of RUFORUM governance organs, to policy dialogue, development partners dialogue, and sessions on building and strengthening transformative leadership in African universities.

Expected speakers during the RUFORUM 13th AGM include, among others, His Excellency Professor Arthur Peter Mutharika, the President of the Republic of Malawi. .

RUFORUM will also recognise higher education achievers through the IMPRESSA Awards and outstanding farmers and young scientists. The IMPRESSA Awards recognize outstanding university scientists making significant contribution in university leadership, Research for Development, and other contribution to society.

Approximately 300 participants from around the world are expected to attend the 2017 AGM. Participants will include University Vice-Chancellors/Presidents/Rectors, University Principals/Deans of member universities and other key invited stakeholders. More details about the RUFORUM 13th Annual General Meeting can be accessed at

Important download

  1. RUFORUM Press Release_AGM 2017
  2. October 2017 AGM Concept and Programme


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