Secretary General of ARUA meets Maks Agriculture Research Institute In Kabanyolo


16th May 2018


On 16th May 2018, the Secretary General of African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) Professor Ernest Aryeetey visited Makerere University Agriculture Research Institute, Center fof Excellence in Kabanyolo after a brief visit to the main campus a day before. During the historical visit, Prof. Aryeetey who also doubles as the Vice Chancellor of University of Ghana, met with Makerere University Top Management to discuss the various ways through which Makerere University can actively participate in the Alliance activities that are geared towards making African researchers and institutions globally competitive while contributing to the generation of knowledge for socio-economic transformation in Africa.

The African Research Universities Alliance (ARUA) is a network of universities from different countries and different historical backgrounds, but with a common vision of expanding and enhancing significantly the quality of research done in Africa. It was inaugurated in Dakar in March 2015.

ARUA brings together sixteen (16) of the region’s leading universities with the aim of strengthening African research through effective capacity-building. Its intention reflects what Africa needs at the moment from its leading universities.

According to Prof Ernest Aryeetey during his visit to the center of excellence, over the years, African researchers have gained international recognition for their research that is majorly based on found solutions to societal problems. However, such tremendous research has been hindered by challenges such as financial constraints the sector is facing.

One of the major challenges that African researchers are facing is finding money to finance research activities and this has greatly impacted the rate at which research is being carried out on the continent. One university in Africa is not strong enough to overcome these challenges and the best way is to collaborate and work together. We are pooling resources to relevant areas that we believe if handled very well can yield good results in communities,
he said.

Prof Ernest Aryeetey commended Makerere University for its vital research that has developed solutions to community problems. He urged collaborating Universities to look at the Alliance as a pan-African network that brings research and academic excellence to the fore front throughout the region by developing strong and viable research universities.

On behalf of Makerere University, the Vice Chancellor pledged to participate and support the African Research Universities Alliance to ensure that it meets its objectives.

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