UMU staff in Nairobi for 6th higher education week

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Uganda Martyrs University Vice-Chancellor Rev. Prof. John Chrysostom Maviiri has led a team of staff to Nairobi – Kenya for the Sixth African Higher Education week and RUFORUM Biennial Conference that is taking place from the 22nd – 26th October 2018 under the theme; Aligning African Universities to Accelerate Attainment of Africa’s Agenda 2063.

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The conference, organized by the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), that is taking place at Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) aims at increasing visibility of what Universities do, using the various tools of mass communications.

According to RUFORUM, due to the increasing demand, universities are engaged in research for development and community outreach which are beneficial for national development.

Universities should, therefore, provide a lot of social services to society. However, the visibility of African universities’ contribution to social development and policy formulation, in particular, is not that visible to the general public, especially policy. This is partly because university scientists and researchers have challenges in communicating the information they gather and the knowledge they generate for decision making and consequently national development.

Yet the knowledge based on independent, quality assured information such as that from universities empowers people and helps them to develop ideas, engage in discussions, influence policy and make decisions that can improve the quality of life in general.

To help bridge this communication gap, RUFORUM also organized two-day training for Public Relations and Communication Officers prior to the Biennial Conference. The training, which began from 20th – 21st October 2018 in Nairobi, was centred on information sharing on best practices for promoting visibility and marketing of universities in Africa as well as creating a community for continuous sharing of best practices.

Uganda Martyrs University team to this conference include the Vice-Chancellor, Rev. Prof. John C. Maviiri, the Public Relations Officer Nangooba B. Margaret, the Head of the African Centre of Excellence for Agro-Ecology and Livelihood Systems (ACALISE) Dr. Jude Ssebuwufu, the Principal Investigator of ACALISE Prof. Julius Mwine, The Dean Faculty of Agriculture Dr. Joseph Ssekandi, the Administrator for the project Rose Nalugo and PhD students.