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UoN and Hokkaido University to Collaborate

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University of Nairobi and Hokkaido University have commenced discussions on collaboration majorly on student exchange.

Hokkaido University is one of the oldest and biggest Universities in Japan, with 12 undergraduate schools and 18 graduate schools.

This was said when the Vice President of Hokkaido University, Prof. Hiroaki Terao paid a courtesy call on the University of Nairobi Vice chancellor on Wednesday, October 26, 2016.

Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi said that the University of Nairobi is among the best universities in Africa and would like to be associated with other top universities in the world. He said that internationalization is among the objectives of the University management and through such collaborations, it will soon be attained.

Prof. Hiroaki Terao, Vice President of Hokkaido University said that the two institutions should engage in student and researchers exchange. He said that an MoU should be soon drafted and signed with details of how the two institutions can benefit from each other using the resources available.He however urged the UoN team to take advantage of the 10 years Japanese government scholarship program that is available for both undergraduate and graduate students.

The Japanese government has a Top Global Universities Program for 13 top Universities in Japan. This is a scholarship fund worth 2.5M USD for the purpose of internationalization. Hokkaido University is one of the elite Universities where students from foreign countries are eligible for undergraduate and graduate programs scholarship.

Both teams expressed interest in collaboration and partnership.

Prof. William Ogara, Director, Centre for International Programs and links (CIPL) Mr. John Orindi, Director Corporate Affairs, Mr. Johnson Kinyua, Director, University Advancement were present during the courtesy call.