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Kenya Institute of Migration Studies (KIMS) Launched at UoN

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Launch of the Kenya Institute of Migration Studies (KIMS) at UoN on Dec 11, 2018 by the CS, Interior Dr. Fred Matiang'i at UoN towers

On Tuesday, December 11, 2018, Kenya Institute of Migration Studies (KIMS) was launched by the Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Interior and coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Matiang’i at the University of Nairobi towers.

While delivering his keynote speech, Dr. Fred Matiang’i said that this is the first time in the history of Kenya for an institution that will train the immigration officers on migration issues and boarder security. He emphasized, “This is one of the Government’s responses in changing the global migration landscape.”

Dr. Matiang’i congratulated the University of Nairobi and all the partners for making the Launch of the Institute and the post-graduate diploma in migration studies a reality. He opined, “I would urge all the partners to have an open mind because migration is a very dynamic terrain. I would also like to add that there should be a mandatory course on public relations under this course. We need our officers at the airport and our boarders to smile more.”

He pledged his support by exhibiting and showcasing the Institute and the course internationally.

He concluded by saying that Government of Kenya and the Government of South Africa have made an agreement to give academicians visas of up to 10 years while travelling back and forth for purposes of teaching, learning and research.  

The Cabinet Secretary also said that in future, the principal migration officer and above will be required to undertake this course before seeking for a promotion.

On his part, Vice Chancellor, UoN, Prof. Peter Mbithi said that the University is home to a number of global institutes and centers of excellence including the institute of Diplomacy and international Studies, Institute of Development Studies, Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies and the population Studies and Research Institute where KIMS will be hosted.

Prof. Mbithi said that migration can have both negative and positive impacts on regional economies and it is important therefore for policy makers and practitioners to be equipped with good knowledge that will enable them to harness the vast opportunities that arise from migration.  

Dr. Anne Khasakhala, Director, Population Studies and Research Institute said that this is a demand driven course. “We expect our first students in May 2019. Applications for the Post-Graduate diploma are through the portal www.application.uonbi.ac.ke”she said.

Governmental migration practitioners, University of Nairobi experts and experts from the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance designed this course together, making it a unique combination of practical skills from regional expertise and academic excellence.

The Better Migration Management Programme (BMM) supported the development of a post-graduate diploma course on migration in cooperation with the KenyaSchool of Government, the Department of Immigration, and the University of Maastricht. The course will be carried out by the Kenya Institute of Migration Studies (KIMS) in Nairobi.

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