Mr Norman Faifer, National President of the Australian Institute of Building (right) and Prof Tinus Maritz, Head of the Department of Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria (left) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim of establishing closer cooperation between the two organisations.

Mr Norman Faifer, National President of the Australian Institute of Building (right) and Prof Tinus Maritz, Head of the Department of Construction Economics at the University of Pretoria (left) recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim of establishing closer cooperation between the two organisations.

University of Pretoria (UP) is a Research-Intensive University that joined the RUFORUM Network in 2014 as a full member. The University fosters a holistic approach to education with academic activities that are enriched by community engagement and collaboration with other institutions, government and industry.

The University of Pretoria recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Australian Institute of Building (AIB) with the aim of establishing closer cooperation between the two organisations in an effort to enhance the professionalism of builders, construction managers, academics and graduates in the profession of construction management in Australia and in South Africa.

The MoU was signed by Mr Norman Faifer, National President of the AIB, and Prof Tinus Maritz, Head of the Department of Construction Economics at UP, on 17 April 2015 at the Pan Pacific Hotel in Perth, Australia.

Prof Maritz says the relationship between the two organisations will be characterised by collaboration, goodwill, a professional approach and the constant pursuit of excellence. ‘Our activities will be conducted based on mutual respect for each other’s systems of work, structures, culture and values and will support, in an effective and integrated manner, operations being carried out. To measure the progress and success of the agreement we shall meet annually to review the understanding and to identify opportunities to strengthen the relationship.’

Both organisations are eager to enter into additional agreements to support collaborative activities and to enhance their commitment to the profession of construction management and to education in this field. ‘Our aim is to promote the values of membership of professional institutes, to promote and encourage research in the field of construction management, and to promote student and graduate engagement in student groups and in the industry,’ says Prof Maritz.

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Deadline: May 31, 2015

A three-month assignment from July 2015

The Manda Wilderness Community Trust is a UK-based charity which for the past 10 years has supported over 20,000 inhabitants of a 240,000-hectare area in northern Mozambique known as Manda Wilderness. Working from a base at the Nkwichi Lodge ecotourism site on the shores of Lake Malawi/Niassa, the Trust has supported community-inspired educational, health and economic development schemes, as well as backing cultural and sporting events.  It has also worked to conserve the fragile environment of hills and forests along the lakeshore and its hinterland, at the same time seeking to help farmers go beyond a subsistence, mono-crop agricultural existence which itself places stress on land and livelihoods.

Last year, the Trust completed an agroforestry project aimed at helping local people understand the importance of better land use and the retention of indigenous trees and plants. Some 350 people were trained in agroforestry techniques and are now putting their new skills into practice.

This year, backed by a two-year grant from the US-based Critical Ecosystem Partnership Fund (CEPF), the Trust is extending all aspects of its work to include the full range of Ecological Farming.

  •  to provide a valuable training programme relevant to the region and past experiences;
  • to enhance Social Capital by creating centres of excellence in the villages;
  • to integrate conservation agriculture with economic development aims;
  • to promote school gardens as a practical education tool for the farmers of the future;
  • to link our achievements with a government-supported 25-year Conservation Plan.

A vital part of the Project is to recruit an agronomy expert to examine and advise on every aspect of the Project, working with our own skilled staff and increasingly knowledgeable villagers to tap the full potential of the area in terms of both conservation and agricultural development.

The post described below will be for a period of three months, starting in July 2015 at Nkwichi Lodge (include full board and lodging), which is well equipped as a communications and support base (as well as a very beautiful site on the shores of the lake).  Transport costs to and from the Lodge will also be covered. The possibility of a similar assignment in 2016 will be considered.

This post is an opportunity for an experienced, self-motivated individual, prepared to trek across the Wilderness, propose and implement improvement schemes, pass on skills to eager villagers, and ultimately to make a marked difference to the lives of everyone.  A detailed description of the tasks is set out below.

Applications for the post, to include a full CV, a detailed record of relevant experience, and two references, should be sent to Trust Chair Jeremy Toye at by May 31, 2015 at the latest.  Queries about any aspect of the position should be sent to Juliana Castellanos at Manda Wilderness on  Further details of the Trust and its work are on


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Deadline: 1 October 2015

TWAS offers fellowships to young scientists in developing countries to enable them to spend three to 12 months at a research institution in a developing country other than their own. The purpose of these fellowships is to enhance the research capacity of promising scientists, especially those at the beginning of their research career, helping them to foster links for further collaboration.


  • The fellowships are for research and advanced training. They are offered to young scientists holding at least an MSc or equivalent degree.
  • Eligible applicants for the fellowships are young scientists working in any area of natural sciences who are citizens of a developing country and are employed by a research institution in a developing country.
  • There is no age limit. However, preference is given to young scientists at the beginning of their research career and those working in Least Developed Countries.
  • Institutes of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), China, are not eligible host institutions under this programme. Applicants interested in conducting a fellowship in China are required to check whether their chosen host is a CAS institute. For a complete list of CAS institutes, see: . Applicants wishing to attend a CAS institute should either apply to the CAS-TWAS President’s Postgraduate Fellowship Programme or consider the CAS Fellowships for Postdoctoral and Visiting Scholars from Developing Countries.

Terms of the Fellowships

  • The fellowships are offered for a minimum of three months and a maximum of twelve months.
  • TWAS covers international low-cost airfare plus a contribution towards subsistence amounting to a maximum of USD 300 per month. No other costs will be provided by TWAS.
  • The host institution is expected to provide accommodation and food as well as research facilities.

Application and Selection Procedure

  • Fellowships are awarded by the TWAS Fellowships Committee on the basis of scientific merit.
  • Applications should be completed in English.
  • Part 1 of the application form should be completed by the applicant and the head of the applicant’s HOME institution, and sent to theTWAS secretariat. Material requested:
    1. the completed application form;
    2. passport-style photograph as a separate JPEG file;
    3. copy of passport page giving personal details (even if expired);
    4. the applicant’s curriculum vitae;
    5. full list of publications (do not enclose reprints of articles!);
    6. letters of recommendation submitted separately to TWAS by two referees who are familiar with the applicant’s work.
  • Part 2 must be sent by the applicant to the head of the institution he/she intends to visit, together with a copy of Part 1 (for information). Part 2 should then be completed by the head of the host institution and sent to the TWAS secretariat. NB: Applications cannot be considered unless Part 2 has been completed by the head of the host institute.
  • Only for applicants selecting the S.N. Bose National Centre for Basic Sciences, India, as their host choice: please direct the request for Part 2 to Prof. Chakrabarti (Dean, Academic Programme by email:, accompanying your request with a copy of your CV, research proposal and two reference letters.
  • The deadline for receipt of applications (Parts 1 and 2) is 1 October of each year.
  • Applications should be sent to:
    TWAS Exchanges Office
    ICTP Campus, Strada Costiera 11
    34151 Trieste, Italy
    Phone: +39 040 2240-330
    Fax: +39 040 2240-689


  • Note that the Fellowships are provided for South-South visits only, i.e. for visits by researchers from developing countries to institutions in other developing countries.
  • Applications that are unsigned, incomplete, illegible or filled out in a language other than English cannot be accepted.
  • Applicants should be aware that they can apply for only one TWAS or OWSD fellowship per year. With the exception of the Visiting Scientists programme, all other fellowship programmes offered by TWAS and OWSD are mutually exclusive.

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