MRCI PROJECT FINAL REPORT

ENHANCING THE CAPACITY OF EAST AFRICAN UNIVERSITIES TO UTILIZE ICT FOR SUSTAINBLE REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT 
The transformation of higher education must be coupled with the effective application of ICTs in teaching, learning. research and innovation, as well as the administration of the academic institutions. The Inter-University Council for East Africa(IUCEA) is keen to promote and assist member universities in taking advantage of the emerging ICT in the delivery of higher education. (final narrative and financial report: 1 Sept 2009 - 30 June 2011) MRCI No. 55.... more
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ESTABLISHMENT OF FOOD SCIENCE AND NUTRITION NETWORK FOR POVERTY REDUCTION AND SUSTAINABLE RURAL LIVELIHOOD IN WEST AFRICA [FOSNUT]
The project seeks to revamp educational curricula, deepen academic collaboration, establish partnerships through staff exchange programs, curriculum review, collaborative seminars, joint research programs in line with the call for appropriate intervention by COREVIP (AAU Newsletter, Vol. 13, No. 3, pg 4., Sep-Dec, 2007) via agriculture and food security, by creating a forum to strengthen national and regional Food Science and Nutrition [FOSNUT] networks to champion information dissemination, mentoring opportunity, and partnership of professionals in West Africa. MRCI -Ref Numb 325 – 2010...more
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IMPROVING THE AVAILABILITY AND RELEVANCE OF AGRICULTURAL LEARNING RESOURCES IN AFRICA. REFERENCE NUMBER: MRCI No. 39. OVERALL PROJECT REPORT FOR THE PERIOD 1st NOVEMBER 2008 - 30th NOVEMBER, 2010.

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Final Report of 'Mainstreaming Higher Education in National and Regional Development in Southern Africa' by: Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA).

Higher education in the 14 Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries represents a huge field in which no single agency has ever attempted to gather comprehensive data in the way that the Southern African Regional Universities Association (SARUA) has in its various 2008 studies. Nevertheless...more

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ENHANCING USE OF SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY FOR ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH INCREASED INTERACTIONS WITH HIGHER EDUCATION INSTITUTIONS AND RESEARCH ORGANIZATIONS.

Micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) are generally defined as enterprises employing <50 people. In some cases, the total investment and turnover are also used to categorise MSMEs but the limits vary. MSMEs contribute substantially to economies of Africa.
 

Their contribution to GDP of Uganda and Tanzania is estimated at 30% and they are estimated to provide employment to over 5 million people 1,2. Most MSMEs are involved in a limited range of businesses, mainly applying artisan skills. As a result, there is substantial duplication of business ideas, profitability is low and business failure rates are very high3. To enhance the performance of MSMEs, there is need to boost innovation and application of knowledge and technology. (Makerere University.  MRCI Project Reference: MRCI/08/F02/P49)... more
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INVESTIGATING SOME OF THE COMPLEX LINKS BETWEEN HIGHER EDUCATION AND POVERTY REDUCTION IN AFRICA.

The study about higher education and poverty reduction is affiliated to the Higher Education Research and Advocacy Expertise Network in Africa (HERENA). It was intended to explore the linkages of higher education and policy initiatives for reducing poverty in Africa. It was part of the on -going efforts to explore the relationship between higher education and development at both macro and micro-levels.
 

The study was prompted by the existence of diverse international declarations and agreements on development in Africa which do not give a generally acceptable development model or approach that links a set of key derivers for development to African development. The study was to explore the extent to which Universities are affected by, and respond to changes in economic policies, and growth and development patterns at national levels.
 

The project was linked to three other projects exploring University - society connections.(Reference No.  MRCI/08/F01/P12.  Makerere University)...more
 

Implementing the Third Mission of Universities in Africa: Lead by National University of Lesotho. Ref. No. MRCI 304

The overall theme of the project was the link between the third mission of universities (community service) and regional development needs - with specific reference to poverty reduction as the underlying issue for all the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). 
 

Traditionally universities have supported three strands to their mission: research, teaching and community service.  It can be argued that the third mission is the potential bridge between the university as an ivory tower and the communities whose development needs it should be prioritizing.
 

However, universities have also been traditionally elitist - the average population percentage of student enrolment in tertiary education is less than 5 per cent in many African countries - the lowest in the world - and compares with 50% and above for those in North America and European countries.  Women are still under-represented (Okebukola 2004, UIS Fact Sheet 2009).  Universities are often criticized for their ivory tower image with limited impact on the socio-economic environment (Lulat 2005) and employers have increasingly voiced their concerns about inadequate graduate skills for jobs. more.

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