Mr. Christoph Hansert, the new Director of DAAD Regional Office for Africa in Nairobi paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor on 13th October 2010. Mr. Hansert replaces Ms. Gabriele von Fircks, who takes up new responsibility at the DAAD headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Ms. Fircks headed the Nairobi office for a period of five years.
Prior to his posting, Mr. Hansert was in charge of the DAAD section on Higher Education Management in Bonn. He informed the VC of a new programme supported jointly by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology and DAAD to offer twenty (20) additional scholarships to Kenyan academicians to study for PhD in Germany. The announcement for the Kenyan-German Postgraduate Training Programme can be seen at http://nairobi.daad.de/kgphd.php and the closing date is 20th December 2010.
Mr. Hansert was accompanied by Prof. Robert Juepner, the Director of the Kaiserslautern Institute for Flood Management and River Engineering at Technical University of Kaiserslautern (TU-KL), Germany. Prof. Juepner was invited to JKUAT by Prof. John Gathenya – associate professor in the Biomechanical Environmental Engineering Department, and also a former DAAD scholar of the Institute of Hydraulic Engineering and Water Management. TU-KL has an MoU with JKUAT and there are joint activities between JKUATs Statistics and Actuarial Sciences Department and TU-KL’s Department of Mathematics. A plan to extend the collaboration to cover Engineering and Natural Sciences was mooted. Other scholars who have been trained at TU-KL include Prof. Romanus Odhiambo who is the Deputy vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) and Prof. Peter Mwita of Statistics and Actuarial Sciences Department.