JKUAT made a first step in internationalization of its programmes by forging partnership with Kaduna Polytechnic, Nigeria. Recently, the JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, led a team of five JKUAT staff members to Kaduna Polytechnic. The staff members who accompanied the VC were Dr. R. Gakure- Director JKUAT, CBD Campus, Mr. P. D. Muchai Mbugua- Registrar RPE, Mr. C. C. Kamau- Deputy Registrar RPE, and Mr. K. Kabare –Lecturer CBD Campus. The purpose of the visit was to negotiate a collaboration to offer JKUAT’s PhD and M.Sc. in entrepreneurship programmes at the Kaduna Polytechnic starting in May 2009.
Discussion on this collaboration started in 2007 and 2008 when a team from Kaduna Polytechnic visited JKUAT twice in their effort to identify which institution in the world they would partner in this initiate. During their search Kaduna staff had visited other universities including the University of Illinois, USA. The search was necessary so as to answer a challenge that the government of Nigeria had given to higher and middle level colleges to spearhead in empowering the Nigeria populace through training in entrepreneurship.
Kaduna Polytechnic is the lead institution in Nigeria in entrepreneurship training having started a Centre for Technology Entrepreneurship Education and Development (CTEED), headed by Prof. Sanee Sulmanugya and a Student In Free Enterprise (SIFE) training programme. The SIFE programme has already made Kaduna Polytechnic to be recognized worldwide.
This is therefore a collaboration of the number one institutions in entrepreneurship in Kenya and Nigeria. JKUAT was the first Kenyan University to introduce entrepreneurship M.Sc. and PhD training in the 1990’s.
On Tuesday 17th February, 2009, the JKUAT VC and the Rector Kaduna Polytechnic, Eng. Dr. Danjuma I. Isah, signed a Memorandum of Understanding, a Memorandum of Agreement and a Financial Memorandum. These agreements will be used by the two institutions in the management of the collaboration activities. The training will involve JKUAT resource persons travelling to conduct classes at Kaduna Polytechnic. The PhD training will be for a period of three years while the M.Sc. will be for two years.
The VC and her team shortlisted about 100 potential students for both M.Sc. and PhD, from among the Kaduna Polytechnic staff, by scrutinizing their original certificates. The names will then be processed by both the JKUAT Nairobi CBD Campus and the Board of Postgraduate Studies for admission as per the senate regulations.
This is a win win relationship for the two institutions and will go along way in capacity building in entrepreneurship for the Kaduna polytechnic staff. The experience gained by JKUAT will be used to internationalize other programmes in other countries.
Authored by: Cyrus C. Kamau
Deputy Registrar (RPE)