The Pan African University (PAU) has embarked on the development of a strategic plan, to guide its operations for the next five years. The exercise which is spearheaded by a team of three experts is primed to help the continental university identify key priorities, resources, as well as a yearly plan of action, in line with set objectives, mission and vision.
Speaking during a visit to the PAU Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI), which is hosted by JKUAT, the lead expert, Dr. Fred Hayward said that a quality strategic plan would help PAU manage the challenges affecting a number of institutions in Africa’s higher education sector such as inadequate funding.
The team’s mission at PAUSTI, Dr. Hayward noted, was to galvanize suggestions from key stakeholders such as researchers, students, administrators and partners; to inform the development of the plan.
The final document, he added, should be a product of voluntary participation by PAU’s key stakeholders; in order to improve acceptability and utility.
While receiving the team at JKUAT, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said the strategic plan would enable PAU assist Africa produce quality human resources for socio-economic development.
Prof. Imbuga added that good working relations among the PAUSTI implementing partners namely JICA and government of Kenya, had enabled the Institute to be very successful, having held two graduations, since inception in 2012.
The Vice Chancellor said PAUSTI students have gone on to take productive roles in the development of their respective countries upon graduation; a move that signaled a break from the past where African students who undertook graduate studies in western countries tended to stay away from the continent.
The experts who included Paul Slack and Dr. Bernard Dumont, had also visited the PAU Institute for Water and Energy Sciences Including Climate Change (PAUWES) At The Abou Bekr Belkaid University of Tlemcen, Algeria.