The University of Nairobi is in a rapid transformation since the installation of the new Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi. One of the transformative agenda include developing strong partnerships with key universities in various continents and increasing internationalization of University. One such partnership in the offing is with Murdoch University, from Perth Australia.
Speaking during the courtesy call, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, noted that University would be glad to have the partnership effected immediately and a Memorandum of Understanding signed thereafter. The partnership will see staff and student exchange programs, collaboration in the areas of medical research, oil and gas exploration, online collaboration and mentoring of University student and faculty members, benchmark and strengthening of research and innovation centres, strengthening C4D Lab.
On his part, Prof. David Doepel from Murdoch University noted that it was an honour to be hosted at the University of Nairobi as the two universities seek ways to deepen collaboration and undertake research that will make a difference.
Other areas of possible collaboration that were discussed included starting courses in Hospitality and Management. To complement the training for such courses and to enable the learner to gain practical skills, the management will consider setting up a hotel.
As far as publications of scholarly work is concerned, the two universities will consider setting up African Australian journal.
In March 2015, the Africa Development Ban gave the University a total of 750 scholarships in the area of science, technology , engineering and mathematics. The award of the scholarships has been slow due to lack of partner university from Australia. With this partnership, it will now be easy to have as many people take up Doctoral training in Australian Universities. This will go a long way in developing the human capital in the technology and engineering sector that is key to the achievement of the Kenya Vision 2030.
Also present during the courtesy call include Prof. Henry Mutembei, Prof. Simon Mitema, Prof. Charles Mulei, Dean , Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Mr. Johnson Kinyua, the Director, Univeristy Advancement Program.