Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has selected 16 students in the Department of Rehabilitative Sciences, pursuing BSc. Physiotherapy to participate in a joint digital course between JKUAT and German based University of Paderborn .
The Department of Rehabilitative Sciences is domiciled in the College of Health Sciences.
The three-month programme will take place between April-July, 2021 and will culminate in a digital exam and thereafter, a week-long summer school at Paderborn University.
The 16 students, comprising of 5 males and 11 females, all in their third year of study, have done prerequisite units, namely; Neuroanatomy, Neuroscience 1, Neuroscience 2, and Sports Medicine 1 and attained a mean grade of A plain.
Their academic excellence was not limited to course work but included a good academic conduct such as class and clinical areas attendance and adherence to examination rules.
The programme is aimed at attracting committed students from Kenya and Germany for a research-oriented career in the field of Applied Neurosciences in Exercise and Therapy, as well as preparing them at an early stage for sustainable, intercultural cooperation in German – Kenyan training.
According to Dr. John Matheri , the Chairman of the Department, the programme was initiated to create a platform for students to develop global perspectives in their quest to become global experts.
Dr. Matheri added that his Department is keen on supporting similar initiatives which will promote the development of students into holistic and independent students.
Dr. Nassib Tawa, a Senior Lecturer and Lead Researcher at JKUAT-based Centre for Research in Spinal Health & Rehabilitation Medicine, emphasized the importance of the programme noting it is important for students to experience a different education system and practices that will be a great advantage in the job market.
Dr. Tawa urged the students to take full advantage of the opportunity in order to develop independent opinions, make informed decisions and strive to attain personal and institutional goals.
Noah Kipng’etich, a student participating in the programme, lauded the initiative for providing students with experiences that bring important practicalities such as dealing with foreign currencies, different bureaucratic systems and improving cultural awareness.
Mr. Kipng’etich was particularly excited at the aspect of global exposure, rigor in academics and internationalization of aspiring graduates.
“I cannot wait to start networking with the other students on an international level, which can result in huge personal and professional benefits,” said Mr. Kipng’etich.
He said, he aspires to further his studies in Germany after completing his undergraduate degree in JKUAT.
The exchange programme is funded by the German government.