A visiting Cypriot academic has called on African Universities to leverage on quality teaching, research, and innovation through global bench-marking, accreditation, and linkages in order to provide relevant university education for the ever increasing population of the continent.
Prof. Dr. Hasan Ali Bıçak, the President of the Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council (YODAK) of North Cyprus said this during his visit at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, Tuesday, May 28, 2013.
The don who is in the country to confer with his contemporaries at the Commission for University Education on issues of university education quality, commended JKUAT for the comprehensive quality checks which he noted, tallied with international thresholds.
“With the enviable environment, requisite infrastructure and the elaborate quality controls in place, it is clear the university is on the right path to offer quality training and research,” noted Prof. Dr. Hassan.
Prof. Dr. Hassan also encouraged teaching staff in local universities to equally inject their energies in community service, including technology transfers, and further problem targeted research to ameliorate socio-economic challenges of contemporary society.
While receiving the don to JKUAT, Prof. Zipporah Nganga, the Acting Vice Chancellor thanked Prof. Dr. Hassan for finding time to visit JKUAT and sharing invaluable lessons on university education from Cyprus, a country whose economic linchpin is tourism.
During their discussions, the two officials agreed to initiate partnerships between JKUAT and Cyprus universities with Prof. Dr. Hassan singling out Cyprus International University as potential partner for JKUAT.
“We would be glad to have beneficial collaborations with the other international institutions on thematic areas,” noted Prof. Nganga.
Prof. Dr. Hassan was accompanied to JKUAT by Mrs. Mary Masinde of Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology. Other Varsity officials who were part of the deliberations were: Prof. Kamau Ngamau, Acting DVC Academic Affairs, Dr. S. Okech, Registrar, Academic Affairs and Mr. Muchai Mbugua, Registrar APD.