ANIE Network | RUFORUM & Gates Foundation skill African universities in science leadership
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RUFORUM & Gates Foundation skill African universities in science leadership

The Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) in partnership with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) trained 48 senior academic leaders from RUFORUM member universities in science and academic leadership. Organized as a post-RUFORUM Annual General Meeting event, the training was held at the Bingu International Convention Centre in Lilongwe, Malawi from 29th October to 1st November 2017.

The training was organized in response to a request from Vice Chancellors of the RUFORUM Network, in 2016, for the Network to prepare “leaders in the pipeline” to take over when their terms of office expire to ensure smooth transition. Thus participants were drawn from holders of positions where successors to Vice Chancellors are likely to be drawn from, specifically, deputy vice chancellors/vice rectors/vice presidents, academic registrars, and heads of institutes in RUFORUM member universities. Twenty five (25) universities in 15 African countries were represented.

The four-day training covered critical aspects of institutional management and leadership. Issues discussed included communicating professionally, managing conflict, negotiation, priority setting, emotional intelligence, making decision, managing meetings, and shaping a positive culture of science in an institution. Other topics included goal setting, effective delegation, and approaches for attracting, recruiting, and retaining quality staff.  As expressed by one participant, “These topics are seldom handled by most trainers and yet they relate to day-to-day management of institutions”…continue reading