Dr. Alice Mweetwa scores top post at RUFORUM

Dr. Alice Mweetwa scores top post at RUFORUM

Dr. Alice Mweetwa. Image credit: Makerere University/website.

Ugandan scientist Dr. Alice Mweetwa has joined the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) where she’ll serve as the Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Programme Development and Implementation.

RUFORUM, a consortium of 105 Universities in 37 countries in Africa, focusing on driving science, technology and innovation in the Agriculture sector, reached the decision to appoint Dr. Mweetwa during the 17th Board Executive Meeting held in Monrovia, Liberia from April 24-25, 2019.

She joins a growing list of Ugandans working with the consortium. According to an official statement, she will “commence work on 01 July 2019” and will be based at the RUFORUM Secretariat hosted at Makerere University in Uganda.

Another Ugandan, Dr. Florence Nakayiwa, also works with the RUFORUM Secretariat as the second Deputy Executive Secretary responsible for Planning Resources Mobilisation and Management.

Who is Dr. Alice Mweetwa?

In the statement, RUFORUM said Dr. Alice Mweetwa Mutiti joins RUFORUM from the University of Zambia where she was the Deputy Director for Research and Post Graduate Studies of the University of Zambia (UNZA).

She held this position for 2 years. She was also the immediate past Deputy Dean for Post Graduate Programmes of the School of Agricultural Sciences at the university.

At UNZA, Dr. Mweetwa also served on various boards, and she is a senior lecturer of soil microbiology and general soil fertility in the Department of Soil Science.

For undergraduate studies, the agriculturist took a program called Agricultural Sciences (Crop Science Major) and later a master’s degree in Agronomy. Both were pursued from UNZA.

She also holds another master’s degree in Environmental Science from Miami of Ohio, and a Doctoral degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Since joining the University of Zambia in 2010, according to the statement, Dr. Alice Mweetwa “has mentored a total of 38 undergraduate and postgraduate students with whom she has published in several international peer-reviewed journals.”

She is also an awardee of the 2017 Young African Researcher, 2016 National Science and Technology Merit Award and the Norman E. Borlaug International Agricultural Science and Technology Fellowship Program 2012.

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