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The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi and the NDC Commandant Lieutenant General Jackson Waweru.

Discussions are underway between the University of Nairobi (UoN) and National Defence College (NDC) to revise the academic collaboration between the two.

In addition, the institutions will increase areas of research addressing issues affecting the country such as insecurity.

In a meeting between the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi and the NDC Commandant Lieutenant General Jackson Waweru, it emerged that the collaboration has seen NDC offer diploma and degree programmes to personnel in the Defence Force.

Prof. Mbithi said that the University is ready and willing to support government agencies to achieve their on mandate research and extension programmes. The University will help the National Defence College seek new knowledge in the area of security. Areas of collaboration between the University and the college include joint research, publications, training and study tours among others.

Lieutenant General Waweru urged the University to help the servicemen with the academic programs. He called on the University to offer more programmes especially degrees with the college. He revealed that as a college, they will be travelling to India to benchmark. The practise the world over – more so United Kingdom, United States and India is that senior people in the military are educated. They are encouraged to get bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees with the possibility of credit transfers. This is what National Defence College seeks to achieve as they collaborate with the University.

Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, noted that there are many emerging issues on security, piracy and together with the Defence College, the University can carry out research and create new knowledge.

Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs and Acting Administration and Finance, Prof. Maria Nzomo, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies and Prof. William Ogara, Director , Centre of International Program and Links.

April, 1, 2015.

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