Curtain falls on 2nd CARTA Vice-Chancellors’ Meeting
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Tue, 2017-07-11 19:10

The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, receiving a gift during the CARTA Vice-Chancellors’ Meeting. The conference members deliberated and solidified the resolve to render tangible solutions for the advancement of Africa’s research and graduate training capacity.  

The University of Nairobi proudly hosted the Consortium for Advanced Research Training in Africa’s (CARTA) 2nd Vice-Chancellors’ meeting on promoting research in Africa. The two-day meeting saw the delegates deliberate on the appropriate ways of investing in vibrant research capacities in Africa upon acknowledging that without research, the great African dream of prosperity by all and for all will not be realised.

Vice-Chancellors and CARTA partners had the opportunity to interact and make deliberations that focused on the growth of doctoral training within African Universities, CARTA’s engagement to strengthen this initiative with each partner University, opportunities to strengthen these engagements and deliberate on best strategies for the institutionalisation of CARTA at partner universities.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, shared his experience on the effective strategies that UoN has put in place to improve research and graduate training. They include partnerships and collaborations with external industries, the transformation of research laboratories, strengthening pedagogy and andragogy, offering incentives to staff members and researchers, innovations and patent monetization, reorganisation of Board of Post-graduate Studies (BPS)  into graduate school, the offering of graduate mentorship programs, curriculum reviewal and utilisation of market-driven research courses.

A combination of these methods saw the University doubling its doctoral graduates from 53, in 2013/14 academic year, to 114 in 2015/16 academic year.

The conference recommended uniform standards in training PhDs for all CARTA institutions, workable formulas for post-doctoral trajectories and solutions on how to effectively utilise the graduates in teaching and research management. They also proposed policy changes that would lead to increased government funding and commitment towards investing in research and graduate training. 

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2020-07-31 19:10