The University of Nairobi (UoN) has today 31st May, 2016 signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea to collaborate in the fields of academic exchange and research. The collaboration shall essentially involve exchange of Faculty members, exchange of students and joint research.
The signing ceremony was held at the Fairmont, The Norfork Hotel, during a Kenya-Korea Science and ICT Co-operation seminar hosted by the National Information Society Agency of Korea.
The University of Nairobi was represented by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, while Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology was represented by the Institute President, Professor Seung Hyeon Moon.
In a speech read on his behalf by the Principal Secretary, Information Communication and Technology, the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Education Science & Technology underscored the need for knowledge creation to be anchored on actual opportunities. He indicated the desire of the Ministry to continue using Universities and Colleges in this regard, saying that this will soon be upped to work through Private Public Partnerships (PPPS). He said that Kenya is keen to accelerate its technological positioning with the assistance of Korea, in line with the aspirations of Kenya’s Vision 2030.
The welcoming remarks during the function were given by Dr. Kate Getao, ICT Secretary, while the congratulatory message was given by Dr. Byungjo- Suh, President of National Information Society Agency, Republic of Korea.
The MoU that was signed today will be implemented through the Wangari Maathai Institute (WMI), College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences. It will deal with issues of the environment and climate change. Accompanying the Vice Chancellor during the signing was Prof. S.G. Kiama, Principal, CAVS and Prof. Henry Mutembei, Ag. Director WMI.
The Science and ICT Co-operation Seminar was held when the President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, was on a two day visit to Kenya.