[Issue 25] Media Monitoring: Extract of Press News on Higher Education in Africa


  1. Nyasa Times

Mutharika pledges support to Regional Universities Forum (Malawi)

Speaking on Thursday when he hosted a RUFORUM delegation at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe, President Mutharika said he is committed to the enhancement of higher learning in Malawi and across Africa through promotion of investment at this level of education. “No country can develop without proper investment in higher education and that is why my Government has invested substantial financial resources in this area and vocational skills development through construction of community technical colleges” Mutharika said. The president further said that there was need to increase the number of qualifies staff to Doctor of Philosphy (PhD) level in institutions of higher learning in Malawi and across Africa in order to find solutions to challenges haunting the African Continent.  Executive Secretary for RUFORUM, Professor Adipala Ekwamu, lauded President Mutharika for his commitment to higher education evidenced by Malawi Government substantial benefit towards this level of Education.  “Malawi is the first country in Africa to allocate one percent of her gross Domestic Product to higher education in Africa.” As a world Champion for higher education, the president is always at the fore front in global mobilization of support for investement in higher education for the benefit of African Nations”- Ekwamu said. The Board Chair for RUFROUM, Professor Mabel Imbuga, said investment in higher education, in particular science and Technology, is  crucial in enhancing a prosperous and peaceful Africa through home grown solutions to African problems.  RUFORUM is a consortium that currently has representation form 85 African Universities from atleast 35 countries.

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  1. Malawi 24

More PhD holders needed in Malawian universities – Mutharika (Malawi)

President Peter Mutharika says there is a need for more PhD holders in Malawian universities in order to find solutions to challenges the country is facing. Mutharika made the remarks during a meeting with a delegation of Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) yesterday at Kamuzu Palace in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe. The Malawi leader said no country can develop without investing in higher education and that is why he introduced the community technical colleges. “No country can develop without proper investment in higher education and that is why my government has invested substantial financial resources in this and vocational skills development through construction of community technical colleges,” he said. President Mutharika who is also the Champion of Higher Education in Africa added that he is committed to promoting higher education in Africa through promotion of investment in the area. Speaking at the same function, Executive Secretary of REFORUM Adapala Ekwamu hailed Mutharika’s led government for its effort to develop higher education. “As a world champion for higher education, the president is always at the forefront in global mobilization of support for investment in higher education for the benefit of African nations,” he said. According to the Executive Secretary, Malawi is the first country in Africa to allocate one percent of its Gross Domestic Product to higher education in Africa. RUFORUM is a consortium that currently has representation from 85 African Universities from at least 35 countries.

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  1. PML Daily

Makerere, foreign partners collaborate to boost youth agribusiness innovations (Uganda)

Makerere University’s College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES) together with partners under the ACCELERATE initiative have held discussions to boost youth, education and innovation in the development of sustainable Agribusiness. ACCELERATE is a multi-stakeholder partnership for innovation, co-creation and enabling youth to build sustainable agribusiness informed by evidence-based research and with a global presence. The dialogue aimed at initiating Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) for blended learning, which should identify the causes, consequences and expected responses for improving the capacity and competitiveness of the youth in Agri-food value chains and solving the challenges of unemployment in Uganda with a global perspective. Dr John James Okiror the acting principal CAES, said the university prides in such collaborative efforts in solving modern challenges including finding solutions to issues affecting the youth. Dr Fred Kabi the program coordinator at the University said innovation and entrepreneurship can be one of the solutions to the hard questions of how the university gets involved in solving the current challenge of unemployment in Uganda. Kabi explained that the major question put to Government under this initiative is whether it can deliberately establish regional incubation centres to engage the youth so that they are able to produce products for the local and international markets.  The workshop was attended by members from Makerere University, the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, the Uganda Agribusiness Alliance, the Agripreneurship Alliance (Switzerland), Gulu University and RUFORUM.

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