Only days after JKUAT graduated the first cohort of civic leaders drawn from various counties in Kenya, the university has sealed a partnership with the Tanzania based MS Training Centre for Development Cooperation (MS-TCDC) to enable the Arusha situated institution to offer agreed JKUAT academic programmes expected to start in May 2013. The five year collaboration aims to foster Human Capacity building and leadership in the region.
MS-TCDC is an integral part of MS ActionAid Denmark and a product of bilateral cooperation between the governments of Tanzania and Denmark. The center, started over 40 years ago, has been offering training mainly on governance, human capacity building and wealth creation, targeted to empower civil society organizations in 47 affiliate countries in Africa.
The actualization of the partnership will further buttress JKUAT’s initiative to promote regional integration through provision of training, research and innovation, functions that are as well envisaged in the East Africa Community protocol.
Speaking at JKUAT during the Memorandum of Understanding signing ceremony Friday September 21, 2012, the Vice chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga welcomed the initiative and expressed the JKUAT’s readiness to implement the programme.
“This initiative is equally going to enhance student and staff exchange between the two institutions besides promoting student mobility across the East African countries”, averred Prof. Imbuga.
Dr. Suma Kaare, MS-TCDC Principal who signed the MoU on behalf of her institution hailed the initiative, adding that, “it will build leadership capacity of the region; to spur economic development”.
The ceremony was witnessed by among others, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, DVC Academic Affairs; Prof. Esther Kahangi, DVC Research Production and Extension and MS-TCDC’s Academic Manager, Dr. Rose Oluoch.