A consortium of Universities discussed the challenges facing growth of African cities and the solutions to those challenges at the Vice-Chancellors Committee Room, today February, 23, 2015.
As cities grow, so are the challenges and one of the key challenge is sustainable development. To tackle this challenge several universities have come up to develop human capacity that will tackle the challenges head on. Among those universities involved are ; University of Nairobi, Tokyo University, University of Ibadan, Ghana University, Kwame Nkurumah University of Technology, University for Development Studies, University of Cape Town among others.
Speaking during the courtesy call Prof. Takashi Mino from Tokyo University, noted that they started a graduate school in 1999 with the aim of tackling environmental issues. Together with University of Cape Town, they have so far developed solutions for mining communities in South Africa.
The program has received immense support from Africa Development Bank, with 1.7 Million Dollars being used for capacity development and training of Masters and Doctorate students.
Prof. Isaac Mbeche, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor ( Student Affairs), speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi noted that the University of Nairobi is happy to have been included in the activities of sustainable growth of African Capitals. He added that the challenges like informal settlements that inhibit the growth of cities need to be addressed.
Speaking during the meeting, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Henry Mutoro noted that as a University, we are working on experiential learning, where students will gain both theoretical and practical knowledge from the industry upon the completion of their studies.
Prof. David Mungai, the Deputy Director, Wangari Maathai Institute and University of Nairobi Advisor on environmental issues, noted that Education for Sustainable Development in Africa ( ESDA) draws staff and students from many disciplines like Geography, Agriculture, Environmental Sciences among many others.
Others present during the courtesy call were: Prof. Benard Aduda, Principal, College of Biological and Physical Sciences, Prof. William Ogara, Director, Centre for International Program and Linkages among others.