Why we love partnerships-MKU Chancellor reveals
Prof. Victoria Wulsin- ChancellorThe partnership between MKU and various institutions, local and foreign, was a key highlight during its 13th Graduation held on 15th December 2017.
Addressing guests and graduands at the university’s Happy Valley Grounds in Thika, Prof Victoria Wulsin, the MKU Chancellor, dwelt on the power of partnerships. She highlighted how the strong links between MKU and Vincent Pol University (VPU) in Poland, for instance, had been of benefit.
This partnership had resulted in selected students benefiting from useful foreign study exposures through an exchange programme.
MKU’s partnership decisions are guided by its robust Partnerships and Linkages Policy, said the Chancellor whose second term five-year term is close to ending. Since July last year, MKU has entered into four new partnerships. Collaboration between MKU College of Health Sciences and Makerere University College of Health Sciences seeks to champion research in human health within East Africa and to stimulate internationalization of the programmes at both colleges, among other goals.
Secondly, MKU is now part of the United Nations Academic Impact (UNAI), having joined over 1,200 institutions in more than 120 countries globally to work with the UN to promote peace, human rights and sustainable development.
“This outstanding achievement comes after a successful application by MKU for membership to the UNAI and subsequent certification. It goes a long way towards raising the global visibility of MKU’s impact in the education sector,” said Prof Wulsin.
The MKU-Family Bank of Kenya partnership involves mentoring graduates to become job creators. This is done through MKU’s Graduate Enterprise Academy (GEA), whose beneficiaries receive full-year support in business mentorship and networking.
A partnership with Leuphana University of Germany has seen MKU participate in the development of funding proposals, which have been sent to various donors. Preliminary funding has been obtained, enabling 12 MKU staff members to be trained and certified as trainers of the globally renowned Students Training for Entrepreneurial Promotion (STEP).
Outreach, Prof Wuslin observed, is also a core business area of MKU. Since July 2017, MKU has been involved in a number of community outreach activities. Among them is a week-long community activities in Malindi jointly with the USA-based Partners for Care, and the Bungoma County Collaborative New Born Support Project. The latter project has involved setting up of neonatal special care units in seven sub-county hospitals in Bungoma County, and training of 72 nurses and 18 clinicians.
MKU further provides teaching support to inmates who serve as teachers to fellow prisoners at the Naivasha Maximum Prison. The prison outreach, spearheaded by MKU School of Education, is geared towards improving the standard of teaching at the prison. The project has run for two years.
“I invite more organisations in Kenya and beyond to join us at MKU to work together in university-industry partnerships as a proven strategy to reach out to communities, for public good,” Prof. Wulsin concluded.
Prof Wulsin who has served MKU passionately and diligently over the last ten years, is optimistic that the university will forge many more beneficial more partnerships and linkages.