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UoN, CSU and Hawassa discuss partnership

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UoN, CSU and Hawassa discuss partnership on community university-led extension

The University of Nairobi (UoN), Colorado State University (CSU) and Ethiopia’s Hawassa University have embarked on talks on establishing a long-term tripartite partnership focused on innovations in community- engaged university extension, community and economic development and sustainable dryland ecosystems.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi noted that in November 2012, UoN signed an MOU with CSU to collaborate on research, education and outreach programmes that focus on sustaining Kenya’s dry land ecosystems and societies. In addition, USAID supported the UoN-CSU partnership to establish the Centre of Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) which is housed the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences (CAVS).

Dr. Rick Miranda, Executive Vice-President, CSU, noted that the MOU between UoN and CSU is actively engaging and has established multiple connections and projects. He noted that the discussions among the three universities will create strategies that will offer better articulation between communities and university-led extension.

Hawassa University and CSU have been providing collaborative research and teaching opportunities for faculty and graduate students at the two universities.

Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Prof. Charles Mulei, Ag. Principal, CAVS, Prof. John Kimenju, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. Keronchi, Chairman, Land Resource Management and Agricultural Technology (LARMAT), Prof. William Ogara, Director, Centre for International Programmes and Linkages and  Prof. Jesse Njoka, Coordinator, CSDES.

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