The University of Nairobi led by the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi is discussing ways of strengthening the existing collaboration with the University of Helsinki.
The new areas of collaboration will include such disciplines as ; climate change and adaptation, health sciences, agricultural sector and global warming. The collaboration will involve faculty and student exchange between the two universities.
Speaking during the courtesy call, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Helsinki, Prof. Anna Mauranen, noted that the Australian University hopes to expand collaboration with universities in Africa, Asia, America, Europe and the University of Nairobi will be centre of research in Africa.
On his part, Prof. Henry Mutoro, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, welcomed the initiative and pledged his support to strengthen the collaboration between the two universities.
According to Prof. William Ogara, Director, Centre of Programs and International Links, the University of Helsinki have strong collaboration with the University of Nairobi in the areas of food safety, HIV / AIDS, Ebola and Clinical trials.
Prof. Ouma Anzala, Director UNITID, noted that clinical trials have been ongoing in 5 hospitals where samples have been collected and are now being analysed.
Also present during the meeting were: Prof. Isaac Kibwage, the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Bernard Aduda, Principal, College of Biological and Physical Sciences. Also present were John Orindi, Director, Corporate Affairs, and Johnson Kinyua, Director, University Advancement.