SUA – RUFORUM Partnership Engagement in Curriculum Designed, Development, and Review Workshop

Sokoine University of Agriculture (SUA), team up with the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) experts in a one-week workshop for curriculum designing, developing, and reviewing exercises. All Principals, Deans, Head of Departments, and members of the Curriculum development team from each department were invited. This workshop is aligned with the university’s efforts toward curricular development and implementation exercises.

The objective of the workshop is to share RUFORUM’s expertise in successfully enhancing curriculum design that integrates competence-based curricula, envisions transformative education, and competitive projects for Agri-food systems. Also, this workshop aims to develop an appreciation of SUA as a member university of RUFORUM networks and build a community of partners to amplify the potential impact of RUFORUM programs.

The Sokoine University of Agriculture is an institution member of RUFORUM, hosted at the College of Agriculture. RUFORUM is a network of 170 universities across African countries, focused on strengthening higher education in agriculture. RUFORUM’s mission is to promote agricultural-led inclusive sustainable development in Africa through higher education, research, and innovation.

Though curricula reviews are dynamic processes at the university, this time SUA is implementing the Higher Education for Economic Transformation (HEET) project to improve and transform higher education towards a new Tanzania economy. HEET project is in partnership with the Government of Tanzania and the World Bank, intentionally allocated significant funds to support the construction and repair of infrastructure, improve curricula, purchase equipment, and facilitate staff training.

The Sokoine University of Agriculture management through the College of Agriculture organizes this partnership engagement with RUFORUM facilitators to run a one-week workshop that targets “Strengthening Systems, Processes, Practices, and People for Agricultural Development at the Sokoine University of Agriculture”. The workshop was officiated by the Sokoine University of Agriculture Vice Chancellor, represented by Dr. Damas Philip who is the Principal of the College of Economics and Business Studies.

The Principal College of Agriculture’s Dr. Ntambilila Amuri presented the goals of the workshop and extended an invitation to honorary guest Dr. Damas Philip to officiate the partnership engagement workshop

The Sokoine University of Agriculture comprehend the call of the President of the United Republic of Tanzania H.E. Dr. Samia Suluhu Hassan, when addressing the inauguration of the Africa Food System Forum 2023 (AGRF) that Tanzania devised several strategies to attract the youth into agriculture, through access to land, financial support, technology, market opportunity, and capacity enhancement. She emphasized, “this is the government’s goal to become self-sufficient in food and become Africa’s food basket, and by 2030, through Agenda 10/30”. This Agenda should also be well reflected in the developed curricula.

Dr. Damas Philip explained the role of the Sokoine University of Agriculture in development and the management efforts in transforming the university to cope with the global academic landscape in the agricultural sector. During the official opening of the workshop, Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, who is the deputy Executive Secretary of RUFORUM, also gave remarks on RUFORUM and its institutional focus on developing programs through partnerships.

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