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UoN and Washington State University Win a 3.4M USD Grant
WSU officials and UoN staff after the courtesy call on Tue, Oct 25, 2016
The University of Nairobi and Washington State University through their existing MoU have won a 3.4M US Dollars per year for a 5-year grant.
This was announced during a meeting held in the office of the Vice Chancellor, UoN between officials of the Washington State University and UoN on Tuesday, October 25, 2016.
The grant has been won through a joint application where Washington State University is the leader and UoN through its Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID) is partner.
The grant is a public health grant and was highly competitive.
Dr. Guy Palmer,Senior Director for Global Health, Washington State University said, “we largely won the grant due to our partnership with UNITID. UNITID has the best enhanced facilities from all the partnerships that the University has with other institutions.”
There is another Kenya government grant that the two institutions are applying whole value is 1M USD.
Through the MoU, there has been a training workshop on grant writing and manuscript writing from Washington State University. UNITID, on the other hand has offered office space for the WSU Programme coordinator. This was noted to be very strategic because the WSU will be near Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH), Center for Disease Control (CDC) and UNITID and this will help in enhancing the partnership and the benefits from the MoU.
Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affiars, on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi congratulated the team on the grant that has been won. He said that it is a great achievement for both institutions that the MoU has taken a great start. He urged the two institutions to make use of the resources available from the MoU.
Other areas that have been identified as suitable areas of collaboration is graduate student exchange, PhD co-supervision, development of courses that can be taught at UNITID.
Present during the function was Prof. Isaac Kibwage, Principal, College of Health Sciences and Prof. Machoki, Director, UNITID.