This was revealed during a consultative meeting between The University of Nairobi (UoN) and the Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM).
The World Bank African Higher Education Centres of Excellence initiative will meet the demand for specialized skills and knowledge critical for Africa’s development.
Speaking on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Lucy Irungu, noted that the University will develop proposals responding to the World Bank’s call for proposals. The University will concentrate on three areas of focus which are Health Sciences, Agriculture Sciences and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
On his part, Prof. Adipala Ekwamu, the Executive Secretary, RUFORUM, noted that the establishment of centres of excellence in the continent is as a result of a specific recommendation made to improve higher education in Africa. He said that the process will be competitive, open and transparent and called on the University to develop proposals of quality and content.
Present during the meeting was Prof. Charles Mulei, Ag. Principal, College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences and Dean, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Prof. John Kimenju, Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. William Ogara, Director, Centre for International Programmes and Links, Prof. Raphael Wahome and Ms. Rosemary Omwandho, Assistant Registrar, Research, Production and Extension.
To understand more about the World Bank Centers of Excellence, please read the press release on the World Bank to Finance 19 Centers of Excellence to Help Transform Science, Technology, and Higher Education in Africa
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