Linköping University has exchanges all over the world – and one of the oldest is with Moi University in western Kenya. In the spring of 2019, the 30-year collaboration was celebrated at Moi in Kenya.

I väntrummet hos ortopeden på Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital i Eldoret, Kenya. Photo credit Anna Nilsen

It started with Kenya’s ministry of health wanting to establish a medical programme at Moi University. Its attention turned to LiU, whose pedagogical model, using problem-based learning, had gained international acclaim. In 1989 on Midsummer’s Eve, a Kenyan delegation arrived at Linköping University, and an agreement was signed. With the programme at Moi operational, the two universities developed an exchange programme.

From doctors to nurses and teachers

Over the years, both students and teachers from Sweden and Kenya have spent time in the other country, to broaden their professional experience. Initially it was teachers and students in the medical programmes at both universities who had this opportunity. But since then the collaboration has been extended to include other healthcare programmes such as nursing and physiotherapy – as well as teacher’s training. During the 2018-19 academic year, 59 LiU students travelled to Kenya to take part in studies, field studies and internships, and 13 Kenyan students came to LiU for studies. There is also collaboration at the research level.

“We believe firmly that exchanges benefit the quality of our programmes and our research, this is a key driver in our work”, says Maria Engelmark, director of international affairs at LiU.

Photo exhibition

30 years of collaboration


News articles about the collaboration

Exchanges with Kenya

Student exchanges broaden horizons

Within the framework of the exchange, students at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences can do their clinic-based training at hospitals, local healthcare centres and/or other contexts. Students from LiU are normally placed at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital (MTRH), a large regional hospital. This can be during the spring term, for three months, as well as during summer, for 6-week exchanges.

Students from Moi are placed at one of the region’s four hospitals, located in Linköping, Norrköping, Motala och Finspång. The exchange period lasts for 6 to 12 weeks. In addition to the hospital placements, the students usually spend time working in home-based medical care, elderly care or rehabilitation. There is also a 5-week theory course: Interdisciplinary perspectives on chronic pain

Teacher’s training students can do an internship (VFU) in Kenya, at an elementary school or the Kenswed senior secondary school, both in the town of Ngong outside Nairobi. This can take place during the spring term or a summer course.

Contact: Per-Olof Hansson, IEI


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