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UoN and IRD expand collaboration

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(Left) Dr. Alain Borgel, IRD and Prof. George Magoha, Vice Chancellor, UoN, exchange signed copies of the MoU.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) and the Institute for Research and Development (IRD) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that will facilitate the expansion of joint research activities.

Speaking during the signing ceremony, Prof. George Magoha, Vice Chancellor, UoN, thanked IRD for the support extended to the University over the years and cited the University’s commitment to partner with institutions that support productive research initiatives. Indeed, the University of Nairobi is strengthening research especially in the humanities.

Dr. Alain Borgel, Country Representative for IRD, said that the drafting and signing of the MoU was an indication that there are several joint research programmes by the two parties that need to continue. He said that the University can leverage on the partnership and establish links with the French Government and institutions. IRD is a French public science and technology research institute under the joint authority of the French ministries in charge of research and overseas development.

UoN is one of the institutions that have had a long term partnership with IRD that has mainly focused on environmental variability and climatic change, biodiversity, natural resources, renewal energies, agro-ecosystems, food security, migration and national planning and development, among others.  IRD has supported various initiatives at UoN including an awareness workshop on wetlands and financial support to the School of Mathematics training on computer sciences tools for biomathematics.

In addition, a number of UoN staff members in the Department of Geology and School of Mathematics are on IRD PhD scholarships.

Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Student Affairs, Prof. Bernard Aduda, Principal, College of Biological and Physical Sciences and Prof. Lydia Njenga, Dean, School of Physical Sciences were among those who witnessed the singing of the MoU.