Speaking during the meeting, Prof. Neil Emery, Vice-President, Research and Innovation, Trent University expounded on the nature of the collaboration they would love to see between the two institutions of higher learning. He noted that as Trent University, they are strong in research. Their research areas include soil pathogens, bio fertilizers, analytic chemistry, pesticides, fungicides and wildlife ecology among others. They have research interests in access to clean water, climate change, renewable energy and technology, hydrology and forestry.
According to Professor Barriteau, the Caribbean was born out of plunder, pillage, occupation, enslavement. It is an amalgamation of arrivals and departures, by force or willingly. The Caribbean’s are perpetually on the move: Just in case – work comes, immigration officer comes calling among other reasons that may necessitate moving.
The Cabinet Secretary for Youth and Gender Affairs, Prof. Margaret Kobia, challenged the University to contribute to research and innovation and the Big 4 agenda which include ; housing, manufacturing, food security and universal healthcare. She urged the universities to always link their strategic plans to the Government efforts like Big 4 Agenda and Vision 2030. “Feedback is the breakfast of champions. You need key ownership of all stakeholders, you need to monitor performance. University need to find solutions to the problems facing the country.
Speaking during the meeting, University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof. Stephen Kiama, welcomed the initiative. “This is a good initiative. Internationalization is key to our academic life as it helps to generate new knowledge,” he said. He urged Prof. Tim Roberts, who has decades of experience as an academic to share his wealth of experience.
Prof Stephen Gitahi Kiama is the new University of Nairobi (UoN) Vice-Chancellor (VC).
In a letter signed by the Chair of a Council, Prof. Julia Ojiambo, the newly appointed VC will serve a five-year term, effective January 5, 2020.
He takes over the realms from Prof. Isaac Mbeche who has been serving as Vice-Chancellor on an acting capacity since July 2019, when Prof. Peter Mbithi was sent on compulsory leave.
Dr. Vijoo Rattansi, Chancellor, University of Nairobi observed that there is need to train for sustainable
development in Kenya. “We need demand driven training,” she said. “We are gathered here in your
honour and monumental achievement. You have made it to this day. Your parents have sacrificed a
great deal to see a better future for yourself. You must not lose respect for those who made you who
you are. Volunteer your skills, it might be the master key, that locks your window of opportunity,” she
Dr. Chandaria was speaking during the Elimika Book Launch at the Old Council Chambers on December 10, 2019. He was among the panel of discussants who shared their ideas on the multidisciplinary book, “Knowledge for Wealth Creation: A Kenyan perspective”, a book that has been edited by among others, Prof. Judith Bahemuka, Chair, UNESCO/ UNITWIN based the University of Nairobi.
The Vice Chancellor opined that the plethora of research, consultancy, discoveries and many activities that are happening at the University of Nairobi should be shared online, to help increase the visibility of the best University in East and Central Africa.
A lot of strategies of how best to improve the university ranking and visibility were shared at the forum and the team agreed to implement the same over the next 30 days.
The Eastern Africa Research Innovation and Management Association, (EARIMA) is a non-profit professional association of research and innovation managers in East Africa. EARIMA as an association provides a platform for a strong regional network of research and innovation practitioners with the aim of strengthening individual and institutional capabilities in research management across the region.