Apply Now: PhD Studies at the African Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT)


The Africa Center of Excellence in Internet of Things (ACEIoT) is established at the University of Rwanda (UR), College of Science and Technology with financial support from the World Bank ACE II project.  UR-ACEIoT aims to train a critical mass of African Scientists and Engineers in the field of IoT through Higher Education and Research. This provides a great opportunity for African students to enroll in multidisciplinary post-graduate programs in the field of IoT. ACEIoT will build on UR’s existing collaborations with the local and international partners, including Carnegie Mellon University in Rwanda, and the International Center for Theoretical Physics, Italy.  This ensures that the training will be conducted by a truly global faculty.

Applications are invited from highly motivated and research-oriented students for the admission to PhD Programs in the field of Internet of Things (IoT) with focus on the following areas of specializations:

  • PhD in Wireless Sensor Networking
  • PhD in Embedded Computing Systems

Trainings will be provided through carefully designed curricula to promote cutting-edge interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research in the field of IoT. The research supervision would be provided by faculty from UR-College of Science and Technology, as well as from other regional and international Partners from Universities and Research laboratories. Research topics should focus towards the development of new innovative approaches and solutions with relevance to the ESA priority domains, focusing on low-cost, open and sustainable solutions. The Research outcome should describe an overall working system/product/prototype or a real world deployment experience. Solutions to real world problems faced by the East and Southern African region would be of particular interest.

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Call for Postgraduate students admission for 2017/2018: LUANAR

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Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish)

World Bank (WB) has embarked on a project which is called Africa Centre of Excellence (ACE II) whose aim is to strengthen selected Eastern and Southern Africa higher education institutions to deliver quality postgraduate education and build collaborative research capacity in the regional priority areas clustered as follows: Industry, Agriculture, Health, Education and Applied Statistics.

Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) in Malawi, is hosting the Africa Centre of Excellence in Aquaculture and Fisheries Science (AquaFish) whose main objective is “to foster innovation and entrepreneurship in the production of high skilled fit-for-purpose critical mass of agricultural scientists for improved aquaculture and fisheries management in order to enhance food, nutrition and economic security in Eastern and Southern Africa”. Specifically, the AquaFish intends to achieve the following, a) train critical mass of MSc and PhD graduates who are competent to create innovations that will revolutionize the aquaculture and fisheries sector in Africa, b) enhance capacity of the center of excellence to attract national and regional students and train world class scientists that are relevant to industrial and developmental needs in the aquaculture and fisheries sector in Africa, and c) Improve innovations/technologies for increasing fish production, value addition and marketing, through partnerships.

The centre is employing innovative, entrepreneurial and multidisciplinary approaches to training, research and outreach on production, value addition and fisheries management, through strategic partnerships. AquaFish Centre builds on LUANAR’s track record of serving as a regional training centre in aquaculture and fisheries science for Africa including Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), as evidenced by hosting the AU-Aquaculture Working Group, NEPAD SanBio Fish Node, Afri-fish Net. AquaFish intends to undertake the project holistically by looking at the whole Fish value chain, hence a multidisciplinary approach. Read more.

Higher Education in Africa Continues to gain Momentum

Left to Right: Hon. William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya meeting the RUFORUM Delegates in Nairobi, Kenya

Left to Right: Hon. William Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya meeting the RUFORUM Delegates in Nairobi, Kenya

His Excellency Hon. William Samoei Ruto, the Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya has confirmed willingness of the Government of Kenya to Champion Higher Education, Science and Technology led development in Africa. In his remarks during a meeting with RUFORUM Vice Chancellors yesterday morning in Nairobi, Kenya, His Excellency Hon. William Ruto said “Kenya will join the Committee of 10 African Heads of State”[1].

The Deputy President underscored the need to strengthen Higher Education in Africa as the key catalyst for development in the continent. He applauded the RUFORUM Network for championing establishment of Regional Centres of Excellence for graduate training in Africa and informed the Vice Chancellors. “In addition to the current effort by the World Bank Kenya will establish three additional Higher Education Centres of Excellence to serve the wider Africa”.

He noted that this was in line with Kenya national policy efforts to strengthen Higher Education in Kenya and to share expertise and talent with other African Countries. The Deputy President underscored the need for African leaders to engage with the Private Sector and African Philanthropists towards increased private sector participation in the Higher Education sector in Africa.

Kenya’s Head of State will join nine other African Heads of States on the Committee of ten set by African Union, three of whom have already been identified (President of Malawi, President of Senegal and President of Mauritius). Kenya is among the top five countries that are leading in Science Technology and Innovation in Africa. Kenya has also the largest number of university members in the RUFORUM Network currently standing at seven universities.

In his remarks, Professor George Kanyama-Phiri, RUFORUM’s Deputy Board Chair and Vice Chancellor of Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) called upon His Excellency and other African Heads of State to work towards developing an Africa wide strategy for escalating postgraduate training in Africa. Professor Kanyama-Phiri informed the Deputy President that the RUFORUM member Universities were committed to work with African Governments and other Partners to ensure quality graduate training linked to supporting delivery of the Sustainable Development Goals and African Union Science, Technology and Innovation Strategy for Africa (STISA 2024).

The meeting was attended by 13 Vice Chancellors from Kenya, Uganda, Malawi and South Sudan.

[1] The most recent African Union Heads of States and Government Meeting held in South Africa in July 2014 called for the establishment of a Committee of 10 Heads of States in Africa to champion Education, Science and Technology development in Africa. Click here to download full press release.

Partnering to improve training of health professionals in Africa

RUFORUM is our midwife: Delegates of the P4PHT Project with Dr. Solange Uwituze of RUFORUM Secretariat (2nd right)

RUFORUM is our midwife: Delegates of the P4PHT Project with Dr. Solange Uwituze of RUFORUM Secretariat (2nd right)

Delegates of the Intra-ACP academic mobility project Partnering for Health Professional Training in African Universities (P4PHT)recently made a courtesy call on the RUFORUM Secretariat. The team from 11 universities [1]in nine countries were visiting Makerere University, one of the project partners, and used the opportunity to call in at RUFORUM Secretariat. According to Dr. Isaac Okullo from the College of Health Sciences at Makerere University, the delegates felt it important to visit the Secretariat because “it was the midwife that helped to produce the project”.

At the Secretariat, the team met Dr. Solange Uwituze, the Manager for Training and Quality Assurance and discussed the P4PHT project’s progress as well as new opportunities for support. Dr. Uwituze highlighted the opportunities under the African Centres of Excellence, Erasmus+ and Intra ACP calls for proposals, as well as RUFORUM’s Graduate Teaching Assistantship. Prof. Richard Adam, from the University of Ghana’s School of Public Health and the Project’s Coordinator, thanked RUFORUM for its support right from the proposal writing stage.

The P4PHT Project is funded by the European Union under the Intra-ACP Academic Mobility Scheme that supports higher education cooperation between countries in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). The project’s goal is to produce high quality health professionals in Africa, with a target of providing 18 scholarships for doctoral studies, 43 for master’s studies and 8 staff exchanges. Under the same mobility scheme, RUFORUM is facilitating the implementation of three projects: Inter- University Cooperation to Train Crop Scientists for African Agriculture (CSAA), Sharing Capacity to Build Capacity for Quality Graduate Training in Agriculture in African Universities (SHARE) and Mobility to enhance training of engineering graduates in Africa (METEGA). The four Intra ACP Academic Mobility Programmes will train about 80 doctoral and 200 master’s students in total.

[1] Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa, South Sudan, Uganda