On 6th of October 2015, The Mission hosted a Kenya- UK University Consortium from representatives from UK and Kenya Universities and the association of Commonwealth universities. The purpose of the event was to bring together these Universities to discuss possible collaborative engagements in the areas of joint research, staff development, scholarship awards, students exchange visits among others.
Representing the Mission was Deputy Head of Mission, Amb. Jackline Yonga who gave the keynote speech to the attendees. Accompanying her were home-based officers; Education Attacheé Margaret Lesuuda, Ibrahim Mwanjumwa Immigration Attaché II.
Participants included; Representatives of the Commonwealth Universities led by Mr. Ben Prasadam-Halls,Deborah Bennett, Programme Manager of the Commonwealth Scholarship Commission, Vice Chancellors of the participating Kenyan Universities notably; Prof. Mary K. Walingo (Maasai Mara University), P. N. Kioni (Dedan Kimathi University), Prof. S. G. Agong’ (Jaramogi Oginga Odinga), Prof .Wilson K. Kipng’eno(Kabianga University).
Deputy Head of Mission, Ambassador Yonga had given a keynote address, in her address she thanked both UK and Kenyan Universities present for getting time to come together to share experiences, network and identify areas of collaborative engagements She also thanked the event’s partner and sponsor, Tim Hunt who assisted our office to identify, mobilize and coordinate the 8 UK universities present. As well as the representatives of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU) for gracing our event, additionally for awarding Kenya various scholarships.
She informed them that Kenya Government encourages international collabaration, this can be seen in the Reforms and strategies developed in the Higher Education Sector which is also illustrated in its University sub-sector vision; to provide globally competitive quality education, training, and research for sustainable development.
Such reforms included;
- The establishment of the Commission for University Education (CUE), established to make better provisions for the advancement of quality university education in the country.
- The Universities Act of 2012 which makes it easier for Foreign Universities to establish campuses or Universities in Kenya and the Government is continually making it easier for this to happen.
Concluding by encouraging attendees to utilize the forum to interact, network and identify strengths and opportunities that can help create a foundation for international collaboration, and that may enable us to work together on issues of global importance.
Participating University and Organizations include: The Association of Commonwealth Universities, UK University Consortium for Africa, Bath Spa University, The University of Bradford, Maasai Mara University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Aponic Limited, Vertical Soilless Systems, University Campus Suffolk, UCFB Wembley, University of Kabianga, Teesside University, Mount Kenya University, Dedan Kimathi University of Science and technology, University of the West of England, University of Central Lancashire.