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H.E. Dr. Mohammed Khayat, Ambassador, Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Prof. Peter Mbithi, UoN Vice-Chancellor, flip through the Varsity Focus, a UoN publication.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) has entered into talks of possible collaboration with universities in Saudi Arabia.

This was the agenda of the meeting when the Ambassador, Royal Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, H.E. Dr. Mohammed Khayat paid a courtesy call on the UoN Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi November, 21, 2017.

Speaking during the meeting H.E. Dr. Khayat, expressed the desire to have a working relationship with the University of Nairobi where the students and staff would enjoy the benefits of education exchange programs. The embassy is willing to give scholarship programs to students who wish to study in the Arab world.

On his part, Prof. Mbithi, said that the University of Nairobi has been at the forefront in solving the challenges facing the country and the world.

“Our challenge is to match global standards and solve community problems. Our other challenge is to improve enrollment in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM courses),” said Prof. Mbithi. “I always stress the importance of partnerships. The University of Nairobi would be glad to have strong allies in the Arab world as the university seeks to remain relevant in the fast changing world.”

It was discussed that going forward the two institutions will work on a Memorandum of Understanding that will guide how they work together. The University of Nairobi will benefit greatly from the rich resources of Saudi Arabia especially on the newly launched Bsc. Petroleum Engineering Course.  The joint research and publications by scholars from the two countries will help the University improve on its library of knowledge and repository rankings.

Also present during the meeting were Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Production and Extension, Prof. Bernard Aduda, Principal, College of Biological Sciences, Prof. William Ogara, Director, Center for Programs and Linkages, Prof. Jackson Mbuthia, Dean, Engineering, Mr. John Orindi, Director, Corporate Affairs, among others. 

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