The 16th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) will be held from 18th to 20th November 2020 at Mohammed VI Polytechnic University (UM6P), Morocco.
The 2020 meeting will mark the very first time the AGM is hosted in North Africa since the establishment of RUFORUM in 2004, confirming its expanding geographical footprint across the continent.
The AGM will be held under the theme Higher Education- Private Sector Partnership: Harnessing Opportunities for Agricultural Transformation in Africa which falls under the RUFORUM Vision 2030, Knowledge Hub flagship. It is an opportunity to forge new partnerships, network, discuss emerging issues, share lessons and establish the potential to adopt best practices across the 126 RUFORUM member universities from 38 African countries.
Vice-Chancellors, Rectors, Presidents and Principals/Deans from member Universities and representatives from other institutions of higher learning such as the Technical and Vocational Training Institutions (TVETS) are expected to attend.
This year, the AGM will greatly emphasize on the private sector, the link between university and agriculture as well as the potential for agricultural transformation through higher education. It is structured to tap into resources and technical expertise from policymakers, the private sector, development agencies and regional bodies that focus on agricultural transformation and the contribution of higher education towards the realization of Africa’s Agenda 2063, The Africa We Want.
Over the years, the RUFORUM AGM has established a reputation as a platform for dialogue on issues impacting Agricultural Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation in Africa.
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Article by Jedidah Mwangi