Debre Markos University and University of Nairobi have started discussions into possible ways of working together to further their academic endeavours.
Speaking during a meeting, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academics and Research, Prof. Haiman Wassie noted that the University of Nairobi is a major player in the academics in the African region and would play a leading role in mentoring Debre Markos University.
On his part, Prof. Henry Mutoro, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi welcomed the initiative and the possibility of working together.
The 9 year old institution is seeking the help of the University of Nairobi in establishing its post graduate programs. The university as well looking at student and staff exchange programs . Prof. Haiman Wassie noted that the university has been expanding rapidly over the last decade and it is a high time they start partnership with other institutions that are highly ranked.
Possible areas of collaboration include among other things: training of lecturers, joint fundraising initiatives, mentorship of scholars. Debre Markos would be glad to work with the University of Nairobi in setting up other faculties and schools like the School of Law, School of Medicine. Going forward, a memorandum of understanding will be signed to enable a smooth working relation between the two institutions.
Present during the meeting were: Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Peter Wasamba, Dean Faculty of Arts. Others present were: John Orindi, Director, Corporate Affairs and Mr. Johnson Kinyua, Director, University Advancement.