Mount Kenya University has signed a Mémorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Kiambu County Assembly (KCA). The MoU paves the way for Members of the County Assembly and employees of the Kiambu County Government to train at MKU. It will also facilitate and enhance collaborative activities between the Assembly and the various dapartments in MKU. “The collaboration will cover areas of research, training, information dissemination as well as development of joint projects geared towards mutual benefits for both MKU and KCA,” said Prof. Stanley Waudo, the Vice-Chancellor.
MKU and KCA will also collaborate in the conduct and promotion of collaborative research and development. In particular the parties agreed to:
Promote joint research.
Promote social and science based incubation systems.
Collaborate in seeking solutions to public problems.
Develop joint proposals to seek research grants to fund collaborative Research and Development (R&D) and training activities.
Following the signing of this MoU, the County Assembly will assist and provide attachment places for student from MKU, said the County Speaker Hon. Gathii Irungu. “The number of students will be subject to availability of attachment places at the Assembly.”
As a start, KCA members will undertake programmes leading to a Bachelor of Arts in Governance and Public Administration. The classes will be offered in MKU, Thika Main Campus with the members having an option for the weekday, evening and/or weekend modes of delivery.
The two parties also agreed that any research publication resulting from the collaborative research, including research papers, books and proceedings of conferences and workshops will be authored jointly to reflect where relevant contributions. MKU and KCA shall also co-sponsor workshops in line with the promotion of knowledge in public administration and governance in Kenya.
This MoU is initially for five years and will be open for renewal for a further similar term subject to agreement by both to parties