The University of Nairobi (UoN) is in discussions with Western Kentucky University (WKU) on ways of strengthening the existing partnership.
Through the Department of Medical Physiology, UoN, the partnership between the two universities has been in existence for several years now. However, the partnership was officially formalized in February 2016, with the signing of a memorandum of understanding that has seen the two stakeholders collaborate in medical research.
Among the issues discussed when the Chief International Officer, WKU, Dr. Craig Conane and Prof. Nancy Rice paid a courtesy on UoN Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, include broader collaborations and implementing a faculty and student exchange programme.
Prof. Mbithi lauded the outputs of the partnership noting that there is need to ensure that the objectives of the MoU are realized. He called on the team to carry out a monitoring and evaluation exercise on the work done so far and seek new ways of strengthening the collaboration.
Dr. Cobane said that the ongoing partnership facilitates the university’s international reach. He said that through the partnership, students from WKU have been able to carry out research in Taita Taveta. The initiative is a way of giving back to the community.
Present during the meeting was Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Isaac Kibwage, Principal, College of Health Sciences, Prof. Fredrick Were, Dean, School of Medicine, Prof. William Ogara, Director, Center for International Programmes and Linkages and Dr. Fred Bukachi, Chairman, Department of Medical Physiology.