AgriSCALE is a collaboration of six African and three European HEIs (Higher Education Institutions). In addition, the HEI consortium operates in close collaboration with local companies and organisations.
Egerton University, Kenya
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Kenya
Bishop Stuart University, Uganda
- Gulu University, Uganda
Mulungushi University, Zambia
University of Zambia, Zambia
Aalto University, Finland
Häme University of Applied Sciences, Finland (coordinating HEI)
University of Pavia, Italy
Egerton University is a premier agricultural university in Kenya. It is the oldest institution of higher learning in Kenya founded as a Farm School in 1939 by Lord Maurice Egerton of Tatton, a British national who settled in Kenya in the 1920s. The institution was founded to create a center of agricultural knowledge in the country and, up to this date, it has furthered this mandate by establishing itself as the top agricultural learning institution in the country with continental and global recognition and accreditation. In addition to Agriculture, the University also houses faculties of Arts and Social Sciences, Education and Community Studies, Engineering and Technology, Environment and Resource Development, Science, Veterinary Medicine and Surgery, Commerce and Health Sciences. Currently, the University has nine faculties and fifty-one academic departments offering a wide range of programmes at the diploma, undergraduate, and postgraduate levels.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology
JKUAT is one of the leading public universities in Kenya, the fifth to be established, and the fifth in student numbers. JKUAT was established to in 1981 as a middle-level college to build capacity in Agriculture and Engineering. It became a fully pledged university in 1994. The mission of the University is to offer accessible quality training, research, and innovation in order to produce leaders in the fields of Agriculture, Engineering, Technology, Health Sciences, other Applied Sciences and Enterprise Development to suit the needs of a dynamic world. The current strategic Plan (2018-2022) emphasizes the role of JKUAT as a research and entrepreneurial University. JKUAT currently has a student population of 46,000 and has eight campuses within Kenya and the Region.
Bishop Stuart University
Bishop Stuart University is a private, not-for-profit chartered University established by Ankole Diocese in 2002 located in Western Uganda 31/2 km from Mbarara City Headquarters. The University is one of the best and fastest-growing universities in Uganda ranked 10th by Webometrics (Ranking Web of Universities, July 2020). BSU offers PhDs, Masters, Post-Graduate Diplomas, Degree and Diploma programmes. In addition, the University runs short courses which are all designed to impart skills and develop professionals on entrepreneurship, leadership, critical thinking, innovations, academic excellence, integrity, Christian values and outstanding academic training that transform communities. The mission of the University is to produce multi-sectoral leaders/operators who know the way, show the way and go the way.
Gulu University was established in Uganda in 2001. Initially, the academic offer of the institution focused on agricultural mechanization, but it progressively expanded to other fields to produce high-level human resources capable of solving the social and economic problems of the country. The University opened with the Faculty of Science Education and Institute Human Resource Development. However, from 2002 the University has steadily increased its intake, faculties, and programmes. The University has now six faculties and two institutes. Its mission is to expand access to higher education, conduct applied research, and provide quality professional training for the delivery of appropriate services directed towards social transformation and the conservation of biodiversity.
Mulungushi University was established by the government in 2008 as the third public University in Zambia. The University works toward providing knowledge, technology, skills, competencies, and attitudes required to steer the country towards to achieving the economic, social, and political goals, enshrined in the national development plans and vision 2030. The University has seven faculties and approximately 8,000 students, consisting of 3000 full-time students and 5000 students on distance learning. There are 350 academic and support staff employed by the University.
University of Zambia
The University of Zambia (UNZA) is the largest public University in Zambia established in 1966 with three major mandates: teaching, research, and community service. UNZA's mission is to provide relevant, innovative, and demand-driven higher education for socio-economic development. Currently, the University has 13 schools and 30,000 students, inclusive of both regular and distance learning students. The School of Agricultural Sciences, which is the one involved in the project AgriSCALE, is uniquely positioned to contribute to Zambia's national development through an economically and sustainable agricultural sector.
Aalto University is a community of bold thinkers where science and art meet technology and business. By merging three leading Finnish universities in 2010, Aalto was founded to work as a societally embedded research university. The University aims at contributing to the solution of societal challenges, promoting social responsibility and sustainability across all of its activities. Aalto Global Impact is the unit that develops Aalto University's research and educational outreach for societal impact in Africa, Asia and Latin America. It does so by fostering international collaboration and projects, such as AgriSCALE, together with Aalto schools, faculties, and education programmes.
Häme University of Applied Sciences
Häme University of Applied Sciences is a multidisciplinary university with 27 bachelor, 10 master, and 4 professional teacher education programs, over 7000 students and over 600 staff. HAMK's mission is to provide professional higher education geared to support students' professional development, the requirements and developments of the world of work, and to carry out important applied research and development activities at the regional, national and global levels. In addition, HAMK conducts high-quality research in close collaboration with the business sector. HAMK's roots lie in agriculture, as it has provided agricultural education since 1840. HAMK's seven campuses are situated centrally in the greater Helsinki metropolitan area of southern Finland.
University of Pavia
The University of Pavia was founded in Italy in 1361. It is one of the oldest and most prestigious academic institutions in Europe. The University is composed of 18 departments offering a wide variety of study programmes in all subject areas and at all levels from bachelor's degrees to PhDs. Today over 24,000 students, from both Italy and overseas, study at UNIPV. Close attention is paid to each student by nearly 900 professors and researchers. The University has extensive experience in developing research for supporting international cooperation projects and agricultural initiatives; it is part of various research and professional networks such as NOHA, EADI, Cooperation and Development Network and NAF International Research Network. UNIPV has been ranked second best at the national level by the CENSIS Italian university ranking 2021.