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Prof. Jeffrey Riedinger, Vice-Provost for Global Affairs, Washington University and Prof. Peter Mbithi, Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi, shar a light momen at the meeting.

The University of Nairobi Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases (UNITID) is in the process of offering taught PhD courses.

“We are now focusing on getting faculty graduate with PhDs through cutting edge research that will lead to innovations and patents,” said Prof. James Machoki, Director, UNITID. “We continue to apply for research grants and scholarships for this.”

Prof. Machoki was speaking at a meeting where the Vice-Provost for Global Affairs, Washington University, Jeffrey Riedinger paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, University of Nairobi, Prof. Peter Mbithi on May 23, 2017.

The discussions revolved around identifying areas they can engage in for further partnership. The two universities have been in partnership since 2010 on the just concluded PRIME-K programme. The programme allowed students pursuing medicine acquire hands-on clinical experiences using expert patients and simulation models. In addition, the faculty was trained in clinical teaching, and new educational approaches have been rigorously evaluated to promote the most effective methods university-wide.

Prof. Mbithi said that having the two leading universities work on global issues that affect humanity is a good move. “We need research that will have an impact on the communities around us,” he said.

Prof. Riedinger expressed the need for partnership that will have a strong global impact.  “The partnership and research thereafter will be around innovation, health, business, law, climate change among other disciplines,” he said.

The two universities will leverage on their partnerships to expand on their impact and their reach.  The two institutions of higher learning have been working on training of doctorate students, doing cutting edge research, developing patents and protecting them via copyrights, and getting training grants.