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UoN, Texas University and National Instruments discuss partnership

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Representatives the University of Nairobi, Texas University and National Instruments during the meeting.

A team from Texas University and National Instruments, an American tech company, have entered into discussions with the University of Nairobi on collaboration on how to improve water quality and availability in Kenya.

Through the partnership, the three will monitor the replenishment of water aquifers and resources, leverage on entrepreneurs to do innovation and provide software to solve challenges such as water quality and availability

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi welcomed the initiative noting that the University of Nairobi is honoured to be in a partnership with the two institutions, to deliver on the precious commodity that millions of Kenyan households cherish - water. He called on the UoN team spearheading the project to take advantage of the resources available and empower engineering students with skills and technical knowhow to solve water problems in Kenya.

Mr. Malcom Morris, the head of the delegation, said that the partnership will seek to provide the much needed water solutions. The University of Nairobi and University of Texas is already collaborating on capacity development in the area of nuclear engineering.

Speaking on behalf of the National Instruments team, Mr. Eloisa Acha said that the organization has been harnessing technology to provide solutions to humanity. For nearly 40 years, National Instruments has worked with engineers and scientists to provide answers to the most challenging questions.  In Kenya, in partnership with School of Computing and Informatics and C4D Lab, the company will use technology to harness water to Kenyan households.

The partnership will also involve financing of business start-ups, leverage entrepreneurs access to markets, capacity development among students and staff among other things.  

The Vice-Chancellor pledged the management’s support of the partnership and advised that a Memorandum of Understanding should be developed.

Present during the meeting was Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. William Ogara, Director, Center for International Programs and Linkages, Prof. William Okelo-Odongo, Director, School of Computing and Informatics (SCI), Prof. Elijah Omwenga, SCI.

March 16, 2015

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