In order to achieve its mandate of producing quality graduates, the University of Nairobi engaged its academic staff members in a three days PhD supervision training of trainers workshop.
Some of the challenges faced by Supervisors of PhD students include: payments of PhD students supervision, few students pursuing PhD, disinterested students, Supervisors were also advised to avoid taking research agenda where they don't have specialities. Lack of adequate research funding was also listed as one of the challenges facing those pursuing PhD. Procurement department was not spared either, the delays in procurement of research materials was also brought out.
Some PhD students have busy work schedules and it hinders them from concentrating in their research agenda.
Prof. Henry Mutoro, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi at the closing of the 3 days sensitization workshop noted that the number of PhD graduates have been on the increase from 40 PhD graduates in 2013 to 160 PhD graduates in 2016.
He challenged the staff to borrow international best practise on PhD supervision since many of them have been trained abroad. This, he noted that , together with the training they have received will help them in producing quality graduates who are internationally competitive. He added that all staff members will be trained on PhD supervision.
Prof. Lydia Njenga, the Director, Board of Post Graduate Studies, noted that recommendations from the workshop will be addressed by the University management. She further urged the staff members to work hand in hand with Masters and PhD students to raise the number of publications.