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UoN and DAAD Review Partnership
The University of Nairobi and German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) have reviewed their partnership that has existed over 40 years.
This happened when the DAAD regional Director, Dr. Helmut Blumbach paid a courtesy call on the UoN Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi in his office on Monday October 31, 2016.
Dr. Blumbach said that German universities are interested in partnerships with Universities in the East African region. The East African region has recently had an increase in foreign investors and hence the education sector is also interested in partnering with top institutions such as the University of Nairobi.
Dr. Blumbach said that there is need for more detailed discussions to have a closer look at the doctorate study and possible areas of collaboration, joint initiatives, PhD supervision, quality assurance among others so that DAAD as an organization can give UoN specific German institutions to partner with.
Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension speaking on behalf of the Vice Chancellor, said that the University has benefited from this partnership; Capacity building, staff development and quality of the output has increased due to the scholarships that UoN has received from DAAD.
Prof. Irungu said that Internationalization is one of the objectives in the University’s strategic plan. The target is 20% of the student population to be foreign students. She said that UoN has many DAAD alumni and she welcomed the interest in expanding areas of collaboration and using this partnership to achieve the strategic plan objectives.
Dr. Blumbach said that internationalization is a great move and through the Kenya-DAAD Scholars Association-UoN Chapter, UoN and German universities can hold forums for discussions on how the University can achieve its 20% population of foreign students.
Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), Prof. Peter Ngau, Principal, College of Architecture and Engineering, among others were present during the courtesy call.