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VLIR holds strategy meeting with the University Of Nairobi

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Prof. Isaac Mbeche hands over a gift to the International Consultant VLIR-UOS Prof. Allan Penny

The University of Nairobi and the VLIR-UOS will strengthen their collaboration to improve institutional capacity for research and teaching.

VLIR-UOS manages a government funded programme directed at partnerships on behalf of the Flemish HE Institutes.

Speaking during a courtesy call, Prof. Alan Penny, the lead consultant of the VLIR-UOS said they are formulating country strategies to in establishing capacity that can support quality university education especially in the wake of increased access. The team will also hold one-day consultative meeting to obtain views on the role of higher education in national and regional development. It will also explore interest in possible avenues of academic collaboration with Flemish academics.

UoN presented to the team 12 project ideas in different fields that will help VLIR in shaping their strategy in the country.  Among the project ideas include ICT, Education, Medicine, and Endocrinology.  Welcoming the initiative to work with VLIR-UOS, Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs who represented Vice-Chancellor, assured VLIR of the University of Nairobi support including helping in building capacity in upcoming universities.

The University of Nairobi has a long standing relationship with VLIR-UOS that resulted in joint research projects, postgraduate scholarships and exchange programmes among other outputs of the collaboration. Past beneficiaries of this collaboration include Prof. Elijah Omwenga, Prof. Joyce Mbwesa, Prof. Peter Waiganjo Dr. Agnes Muthumbi and Dr. Virginia Wang’ondu – all teaching staff at the University of Nairobi.

Those in attendance included Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Henry Mutoro, Prof. Timothy Waema, and Prof. Kenneth Mavuti among others.