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Forum Syd and University of Nairobi sign MoU

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The University of Nairobi and Forum Syd have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) that will be beneficially mutual for staff and students from the University of Nairobi and Swedish Universities. The signing ceremony took place in Vice-Chancellor’s Boardroom on July 12, 2019.

Forum Syd is a Swedish NGO with 140 member organizations all working for a just and sustainable world. The NGO’s main area of operation include creative economy, human rights, gender equality and women empowerment among others.

Speaking during the signing of the MOU, ag. Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Mbeche, observed that having young people engage in meaningful work is very important.

“We seek to empower the young people to be creative and to create jobs for others. As the University management, we shall support your activities,” he said.

The Forum Syd team, led by Ogujeo Radonjic, Hub Manager, East Europe and Jackson Obare, Hub Manager, Forum Syd, East and South Africa, explained in detail their core mandate and their activities which include youth empowerment in 7 countries around the world.

The signed MoU outlines the development cooperation issues like: democracy and human rights, gender equality, environment, climate change, advocacy, capacity building, grants management and innovative programs. The program seeks to entrench, exploit and commercialize triple helix approach in university education and create close working relationship with industry, academia and government in order to solve socio, economic and cultural needs.

Prof. Judith Bahemuka, Chair, UNESCO/UNITWIN urged the university to consider tapping the talent of eminent scholars which could go a long way in mentoring younger academicians and students. She observed that having an exchange program of eminent scholars from Swedish Universities and the University of Nairobi would be ideal.

Prof. Karuti Kanyinga, Director, Institute of Development Studies, observed that the partnership between the University of Nairobi and Forum Syd involves several things that will empower the young people to be involved in the decision making process, it will identify challenges and provide solutions that impact the society, it will also have a staff and students exchange program.

“For us, the sky is the limit. The program will involve exchange programs between Swedish Universities and the University of Nairobi’s Institute of Development Studies, Department of Sociology and School of Journalism,” he said.

Present during the meeting was Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Ndeti Ndati, Director, School of Journalism and Prof. Charles Nzioka, Chairman, Sociology Department and Prof. Winnie Mitullah, from the Institute of Development Studies.