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University of Nairobi and UCT discuss research collaboration

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The University of Nairobi and the University of Cape Town have entered into discussions on how the two leading universities in Africa can enhance their research collaborations. The meeting took place in the Vice-Chancellors Boardroom, today April 25, 2018.

Speaking during the courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor , University of Nairobi, Prof. Peter Mbithi, , Prof. Francois Viruly , the Director, UCT-Nedbank Urban Real Estate Research Unit, observed that the University of Nairobi and the University of Capetown needed an arrangement where the two universities can engage in training of graduate students.  Both universities are members of Australia Universities Network Alliance and are working together to yield better results as they work on their research agendas.

Prof. Peter Mbithi pledged to support the collaboration as the two universities work on a Memorandum of Agreement that will guide their future engagement.  Prof. William Ogara, the Director, Center for International Programs and Links stated that the Memorandum of Agreement will clearly spell out the details of engagement. Finally, Prof. Mbithi challenged the researchers to give public lectures on land economics and real estate as land is a cherished asset by many Kenyans.

It was agreed that researchers working on joint research projects would get joint funding. The researchers were told to focus on the Big Four Agenda by the government, with more emphasis on housing.

The University of Nairobi has been at the forefront on pushing innovation ecosystem, developing young business startups, rewarding innovators and as well as funding startups. In this regard, the Vice-Chancellor urged staff members from the Real Estate and Construction Management Department to mentor young graduates and help them develop their ideas, improve on their innovations and make money as they launch their businesses upon completion of their studies.

The meeting was attended by among others: Prof. Peter Ngau, Principal, College of Architecture and Engineering, Prof. Nicky Nzioki and Dr. Isabella Njeri Wachira – Towey, Chair, Department of Real Estate and Construction Management.