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UoN and University of Concordia to strengthen partnership

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The Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, Concordia University, Prof. Graham Carr when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, UoN, Prof. Peter Mbithi on May 31, 2017.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) and University of Concordia, Canada have entered into discussions on how best to strengthen the existing partnership and look into the possible linkages that can be explored under the existing MoU especially in the area of research, pedagogy and educational technology.

The two institutions signed a memorandum of understanding on June 9, 2016 to engage in joint research.
 
This was the agenda when the Provost and Vice President, Academic Affairs, Concordia University, Prof. Graham Carr, paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor, UoN, Prof. Peter Mbithi on May 31, 2017. The Provost was accompanied by Professor Philip Abrami, Director, Centre for the Study of Learning and Performance (CSLP), Concordia University.
 
At the meeting, Prof. Abrami announced that the University of Concordia together with other partners, including the University of Nairobi, had received a 7-year grant of Ca$2.5M from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), Canada, April 2017 to March 2024, to research on “Using Educational Technology to Develop Essential Educational Competencies in Sub-Saharan Africa.”
 
The grant team is made up of 16 co-applicants, 20 collaborators, and 21 partner organizations. UoN’s Dr. Justus Inyega, is one of the co-applicants in the project. The academic partners include University of Nairobi, Concordia University, Chinese University at Hong Kong, University of Quebec at Montreal, Wilfrid Laurier University, uk, and Shanzu Teachers Training College. The non-academic partners include Aga Khan (Academies Unit, Foundation Canada, Foundation East Africa, &Foundation Mali), MoEST (ICT4E, KICD, & KISE), World Vision (Canada, & Kenya), African Storybook, Camara, CEMESTEA, English Montreal School Board, and I Choose Life-Africa.
 
The grant will support a doctoral student working on the project through a bursary grant of Ca$5,000 per annum.
 
Present during the meeting was Prof. Winston Akala, Dean, School of Education, Prof. William Ogara, Director, Centre for International Partnerships and Linkages, Prof. Christopher Gakuu, Director, ODeL Campus, Prof. Harriet Kidombo, Deputy Director, ODeL Campus, Dr. Justus Inyega, Deputy Director, Centre for Pedagogy and Andragogy, and Dr. T. W. Maonga, Teaching Practice Coordinator, University of Nairobi.