Discussions are underway between the University of Nairobi and National Defence College to deepen academic collaborations and increase areas of research as the two institutions seek ways of dealing with security issues affecting the country and the region. This was revealed in a meeting between the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi and NDC Commandant – Lieutenant General Jackson Waweru in a meeting at the Vice-Chancellors Committee Room today, April, 1, 2015.
The Vice-Chancellor revealed that the University will support government agencies to achieve their mandate. The University will help the National Defence College seek new knowledge in the area of security. “We will give support on research, extension programs. We cannot have anything better for this university. Your college is a centre of excellence”, he said.
Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) noted that there are a lot of emerging issues on security, piracy and together with the Defence College, the University can carry out research and create new knowledge.
Lieutenant General Waweru urged the University to help the servicemen with the academic programs. He urged the University to commence more programs especially degrees with the college. He revealed that as a college, they will be travelling to India to benchmark. The practise the world over – more so United Kingdom, United States and India is that senior people in the military are educated. They are encouraged to get bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees with the possibility of credit transfers. This is what National Defence College wish to achieve as they collaborate with the University.
On behalf of the University, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, IDIS offers certificate, diploma, master’s and doctorate in International Studies at the college.
Areas of collaboration between the University and the college include joint research, publications, training and study tours among others.
The courtesy call was also attended by Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor ( Academic Affairs) and Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration and Finance), Prof. Maria Nzomo, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies and Prof. William Ogara, Director , Center of International Program and Links.