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University of Nairobi and Morocco Consulate discuss cooperation

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The University of Nairobi and the Moroccan Consulate have entered into talks on how to promote collaboration, student exchange programs, student scholarships among others. The meeting took place on April 25, 2018.

The Kenya Honorary Consul General to Kingdom of Morocco, Ali Bajaber, MBS, noted that currently, Kenya has up to 120 students studying in various universities in Morocco courtesy of the scholarship opportunities that the Embassy has been giving out. On the flipside, no Moroccan student is studying in Kenya. He underscored the need to have as many Moroccan students study locally since Kenya has some of the best universities in the continent. He added that other areas of interest can be worked on.

According to Mr. Bajaber, Morocco has been able to develop rapidly because they had a vision for every sector. Tourism, agriculture, industry and manufacturing all had their 20 year visions to guide them. Currently, the tourism sector receives up to 20 million tourists annually. Kenya indeed has a lot to learn from the government of Morocco on how to grow its tourist numbers. “We have to reform our policy procedures and look into areas where we can improve on’, he said.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, welcomed the initiative to work together with the North African Francophone country of Morocco, to collaborate on various issues, key among them; student exchange programs and scholarships. Prof. Mbithi noted that the University of Nairobi is highly ranked, trains high quality graduates and Moroccan students are bound to benefit greatly from the high quality education offered by the University.

Mr. Bajaber, extended an invitation to the University management, staff and students to attend the Arab Africa Honorary Council Conference that will be happening in late September, 2018 in Morocco. The main agenda is people diplomacy and how education can bridge diplomacy in Africa. Over 20 African government have confirmed their participation in the fourth coming conference.