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Talks on for tripartite collaboration with NTU and Makerere University

On 14th September 2017, a joint Makerere University Nottingham Trent University (NTU) delegation visited Mount Kenya University (MKU) to discuss how the three institutions could collaborate in training health experts in East Africa.

The meeting, hosted by the MKU College of Health Sciences, agreed on several areas of cooperation. Key among these includes joint grant writing, supervision, mentorship and PhD training.

The officials also resolved to explore staff and student exchange programmes.

They further deliberated on the possibility of starting a Master’s in Public Health course for the region, and to host. Additionally, they proposed joint seminars and publications.

NTU collaborates with the School of Social Sciences at Makerere University. It has a background in nursing, with its area of specialisation being Master of Arts in Public Health. It also offers traditional public health programmes.

The NTU representative, Dr Linda Gibson, revealed plans of establishing a Doctorate Hub in East Africa, where students from MKU and other universities could be guided by professors and doctors. She added that her institution was ready to support the delivery of an MA programme in Public Health at MKU.

The Principal of MKU College of Health Sciences, Dr Stanley Kang’ethe, thanked the delegation and said launching an MA in Public Health course at MKU would help to improve community health practice.

NTU alumnus, Esther Wanaswa, supported the proposed international hub, citing its importance in helping many students who were financially challenged and unable to afford education abroad.

Dr John Kariuki, the Dean, MKU School of Public Health, said the school’s five departments offer different programmes at PhD, Masters, undergraduate, diploma and certificate levels.

Others from MKU who attended the meeting included Dr Juma Joseph and Dr Dominic Mogere, both senior lecturers at School of Public Health (SPH);

Dr Idah Muchuaku, Acting Dean, School of Social Sciences; Leah Mututho, Head of Department, Nutrition and Dietetics; Joseph Muchiri, Head of Department, Community Health; Jackline Nyaberi,
Head of Department, Epidemiology and Biostatistics; Vivian Mmbone, Tutorial Fellow, SPH; and Lynette Muthoki, Assistant Lecturer.