JKUAT Team Visits Paderborn University to Evaluate Exchange Programme

JKUAT and UPB teams after holding the discussions

Lecturers from the Department of Rehabilitative Sciences in the College of Health Sciences visited Paderborn University (UPB) in Germany, for an evaluation of their DAAD funded joint digital programme known as international virtual academic collaboration (IVAC).

This follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and Paderborn University in 2021.

The first phase of IVAC has been completed and the two institutions are readying for the second phase (IVAC II).

The JKUAT team which was led by Dr. Nassib Tawa included, Dr. Wallace Karuguti and Ms. Caroline Mumbi who is the Project Assistant.

While welcoming the visiting team, UPB Vice President of International Relations, Prof. Torsten Meier, was positive about the inter-university collaboration, further expressing UPB’s readiness to receive JKUAT students.

It was determined during the evaluation process that research interests in the fields of Applied Neuroscience in Sports and Exercise, from the students had spiked.

During the week long evaluation process which commenced February 6, 2022, the teams further exploited other areas of collaboration such Sports Nutrition and Dietetics, Exercise Physiology, Cardiorespiratory Care, among others.

Dr. Kirsten Reincke who is in charge of International Programmes at UPB, was impressed with the progress of IVAC.

She reported that two students from UPB had already applied for a student exchange programme at JKUAT.

JKUAT, UPB conduct a virtual meeting with Stellenbosch University who are also partners in the IVAC programme

Dr. Kirsten further noted that she is keen to assist JKUAT students enroll for Masters programmes at the Institution.

Dr. Tawa said the evaluation was necessary to ascertain whether the project’s objectives had been met.

“The main objective of the programme is to increase the research interests of students involved in IVAC 1. This is already evident as the students created their individual development plans,” said Dr. Tawa, further  noting that  the project aims to “increase research interests and whenever we can, support the research career paths of the students involved as stipulated in the MoU.”

IVAC II is set to begin between April-August this year and will feature 4th year Physiotherapy students.


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