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Research Consortium (AERC) Board visits UoN

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The African Economic Research Consortium (AERC) board paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor to brief him on the activities of the consortium and seek mutual support.  The board was led by its current Chairman, Prof. Neil Rankin from the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa.

The board also visited the School of Economics to review the implementation of its Ph.D. programme, which has sponsored 14 students, assess facilities and meet students and staff.  UoN is a key member of AERC according to the Board Chairman, Prof. Rankin. 

He encouraged the School of Economics to utilize AERC facilities that are located in Nairobi especially library facilities.

The collaborative Ph.D. programme (CPP) run by the consortium has already graduated two students and another 13 will graduate in the next year.  The CPP programme sponsors students in member universities to boost training of M.A. and Ph.Ds in Economics in Africa.  Currently, 31 Ph.D. candidates are on the programme, 12 of whom are women.  AERC was established in 1988 to undertake advanced policy research and training in Economics.

Present during the courtesy call was the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Prof. Isaac Mbeche who the Vice-Chancellor. He thanked AERC for boosting teaching of Economics on the continent and assured the consortium of UoN’s support.  Others present included Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Lucy Irungu, Director, School of Economics Dr. Jane Mariara and her Deputy Mr. Lawrence Awiti, and Dean, Faculty of Arts, Prof. Preston Chitere who represented the Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

AERC has been holding its annual academic board and committee meetings from May 25 to 27, 2011 at the Safari Park Hotel.