The European Commission has pledged to support the University in Nairobi by giving scholarships and equipment. This was revealed when Mr. Carlos Alegra, Director General for Interpretation and Conferences (DG SCIC) met the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi in his office during a courtesy call.
Speaking during the meeting, Mr. Alegra noted that the European Commission will support the university training of manpower for interpretation and translations purposes. The United Nations and the European Commission needs highly trained interpreters and translators to facilitate successful execution of conferences across the African region.
In this regard, a total of five universities have been engaged in the Pan African Masters consortium in interpretation and translation (PAMCIT); these being University of Cairo, University of Ghana, Maputo University and the University of Senegal.
At the same time, it was agreed that a Memorandum of Understanding would be signed to enable smooth operation of the agreement. A total of USD 4 million has been pledged towards development of high quality human capacity.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Mbithi thanked the European Commission and the United Nations Office in Nairobi, UNON, for their support to the University and supporting the training of interpreters and translators across the region.
Present during the meeting included Prof. Henry Mutoro, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Jane Mutiga, Director, Centre of Translation and Interpretation and Mr. John Orindi, Director, Corporate Affairs.