The Indian Embassy in Kenya will endow a Chair to the University of Nairobi.
This was revealed when the High Commissioner of India to Kenya, Mr. Yogeshwar Varma met with the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi. The move follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between the two in March, 2014.
UoN will identify the academic field in which the academic chair will be attached to while attached to the University. Among the proposed areas include economics, computing and petroleum engineering. The Professor will take up the position in September, 2015 for one year.
Speaking during the meeting, Prof. Mbithi noted the importance of strengthening the University’s relationship and association with India. Prof. Mbithi extended an invitation to the Indian Commissioner to participate in the Nairobi Innovation Week scheduled for August this year.
On his part, Mr. Varma said that it is important for the two institutions to strengthen the existing academic partnership noting that not much has taken place over the few years. To this end, the Commissioner proposed that the Indian Embassy in Kenya and UoN can jointly host a conference that will bring together scholars from different countries to discuss topical issues on development.
Prof. Bernard Njoroge, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration and Finance, Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. William Ogara, Director, Centre for International Programmes and Linkages were present during the meeting.