The University of Nairobi and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have reviewed their 42 year old partnership.
This happened when the DAAD Regional Director, Dr. Helmut Blumbach paid a courtesy call on the UoN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi who was represented by Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, in his office on Monday October 31, 2016.
Dr. Blumbach noted that Kenya and East Africa in general is the hub of African economy and that German universities are interested in partnerships with Universities in the East African region. The East African region has recently had an increase in foreign investors and hence the education sector is also interested in partnering with top institutions such as the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Blumbach noted that there is need to examine other possible areas of collaboration. Kenya is keen to increase the number of students pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) and thus training of faculty members from those departments will be key.
Prof. Lucy Irungu, noted that the University has benefited greatly from the DAAD partnership; capacity building, staff development and quality of the output has increased due to the scholarships that UoN has received from DAAD.
Also present during the courtesy call were ; Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Prof. Peter Ngau, Principal, College of Architecture and Engineering among others.