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New cooperation agreement with Kenya

Linköping University has written a new cooperation agreement with Moi University and the University of Nairobi. 

Kenya is usually described as one of Africa’s new “tiger economies” with rapid economic development and a quickly growing middle class. At the same time, it is to a very large extent still a developing country.  When it comes to smart mobile telephone solutions, they’re in the lead internationally; Nairobi, the capital, is often pointed out as Africa’s ICT hub.

Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun led a LiU delegation with representatives from the Faculties of Health Sciences and Educational Sciences, which visited universities and research institutes in Kenya in February.

“We have had long-standing, very fruitful collaboration with Moi University and budding collaboration in educational sciences with the University of Nairobi. This is a region undergoing very dynamic development, but that also involves gigantic social challenges. There should be good potential to broaden our collaboration,” Dannetun stresses.

Picture from Kenya

During the visit, she signed two collaboration agreements:

The university has renewed and broadened its agreement with Moi University in Eldoret. It is a collaboration now entering its 24th year, which has resulted in comprehensive student and teacher exchanges; at present there are six students from the teaching and nursing programmes on site.  Until now, the collaboration has focused on the Faculty of Health Sciences; the new agreement opens the way for cooperation between all faculties.

“This is a very good example of persistent collaboration that has benefited both parties,” Dannetun states.

The agreement with the University of Nairobi starts from the collaboration that has existed for several years within political sciences and educational sciences. The agreement opens the way for broader cooperation here as well.

The Vice-Chancellor also inaugurated the “Uplifting the Poor” conference jointly arranged by students from Linköping and Nairobi.

Caption: LiU and Moi has cooperated for almost 24 years. In February Vice-Chancellor Helen Dannetun and Professor R. K Mibey, principal of Moi University, signed a renewed and extended cooperation agreement.


Read more about the conference in a previous article

Lars Holberg Mon Feb 18 18:59:00 CET 2013

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