The University of Nairobi will collaborate with Ethiopia’s Debre Markos University.
This follows discussions between Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Prof. Henry Mutoro and Dr. Simachew Gashaye, Vice President for Research and Community Service, Debre Markos University.
The two universities will partner in the areas of teaching, research, staff and student exchange programs.
Dr. Gashaye who was accompanied by Mr. Bimarew Adamsu and Mr. Haimanot Akalu both from Debre Markos University also held extensive discussions with Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension (RPE).
While welcoming the move by Debre Markos University, Prof Irungu noted that the University of Nairobi had put in place high quality measures to promote research and innovations. Prof Irungu mentioned Fab Lab and C4D Lab as some of the technology transfer hubs that the University of Nairobi incubated.
On his part, Dr. Gashaye said, “Debre Markos University has little experience in research. We are here to learn how the University of Nairobi raises funds and conducts research that positively impacts on the lives of the community at large.” Dr. Gashaye also said, “We would like the University of Nairobi to mentor Debra Markos University- Rather than send our postgraduate students to Europe, we would like them to come here and learn from one of the best and most prestigious university in Africa.”
Group photo following the discussions led by Prof Henry Mutoro
Dr. Gashaye and his team also managed to visit various offices and campuses within the university including College of Architecture and Engineering (CAE), College of Biological and Physical Sciences (CBPS), School of Business’s Lower Kabete campus, school of law’s Parkland campus and the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS).
While addressing a special College management Board meeting set up specifically for the officials from Debre Markos University, CHSS Principal, Prof. Enos Njeru said that the University of Nairobi was a key player in Kenya both in the private and public sectors. Prof Njeru also said t the two universities had the best opportunities for collaborative ventures. Prof Njeru and Faculty of Arts Dean, Prof. Peter Wasamba have previously visited Debra Markos University to hold talks on possible collaborations.