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I am John Atsu Agbolosoo, a Ghanaian student currently pursuing a Master of Science in Agri-Enterprise Development at Egerton University in Kenya under sponsorship from the TAGDev (Transforming African Agricultural Universities to meaningfully contribute to Africa’s growth and development) Programme. TAGDev is a joint initiative of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) and the Mastercard Foundation. Getting inspired Soon after enrolling for my masters’ in 2017, I decided… Read More


Quartz Media Africa needs another million PhD scientists to develop homegrown solutions (Africa) It’s been a recurring refrain: Africa still lags woefully behind the rest of the world in generating new scientific knowledge. As figures collated by the World Bank in 2014 show, the continent—home to around 16% of the world’s population—produces less than 1% of the world’s research output. These are painful admissions to make, but there are several projects and… Read More


As pressure mounts on universities to be relevant in addressing key challenges facing society, one of the key areas is engaging with private sector. The universities and private companies have always worked together in an ad hoc and personal basis with no formalised arrangements on how to engage with each other. Part of the reasons for the ad hoc and personal basis of partnership is due to limited understanding of the interest,… Read More