Courtesy Call by the Executive Secretary of Ruforum


The Executive Secretary of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) Prof. Adipala Ekwamu paid a courtesy call to the office of the Vice-Chancellor UoE on 26th June 2019. The Vice-Chancellor UoE Prof. Teresa Akenga welcomed the team from RUFORUM and invited them to bring on board the issues for their visit.

In their brief meeting, Prof. Adipala thanked the Vice-Chancellor for her warm welcome and mentioned that he was following up on a number of issues which had been deliberated and agreed on by the Vice-Chancellors of RUFORUM Universities in December 2018. He specifically acknowledged the efforts that the University is doing particularly in enhancing research and innovation, and pointed out the Outreach Center is vital in the success of the University.

Prof Adipala noted the importance of Graduate Teaching Assistantship (GTA) in enhancing the level of quality education in Institution of higher learning and implored that RUFORUM had started the GTA program particularly in Liberia and Sierra Leone to enhance capacity building of the staffs within the institution. He thus called on UoE to embrace this program which the University agreed to accept six (6) GTA's in the coming financial year.

The RUFORUM Executive Secretary appreciated the attendance of the Vice-Chancellor during the 6th African Higher Education Week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference which was held on 22nd-26th October 2018 and made a specific invitation to the Vice-Chancellor to attend the December meeting in Ghana for Women Vice-Chancellors. He noted that during the meeting there will be an opportunity to market the university since exhibition booths will be available. He requested the Vice-Chancellor to continue with her activities aimed at increasing the number of women joining the Science field through the Organization for Women in Science for the Developing World (OSWD) and the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Finally, Prof. Adipala thanked the University for submitting a proposal on the SHAEA Project and urged the University to be pro-active in sourcing for funds aimed at empowering youths in agribusiness ventures.

Also present during the meeting were Deputy Vice-Chancellor Administration and Finance Prof. Wilson Ng'etich, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Planning, Research, and Innovation Prof. Phillip Raburu, Prof. Julius Ochuodho, and Ms. Wivine Adidja Matabaro (Technical Specialist-Staff Development and Academic Mobility-RUFORUM).


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