A Counselor for Public Affairs at the American Embassy Mr. Paul Watzlavick has expressed the need for JKUAT to work closely with the U.S Embassy on mentoring the youths and women working in the various ‘American spaces’ situated in various parts of the country.
He said there were a total of 5 American spaces in Kenya but advised that the American space in Mombasa and Lamu would be of interest to JKUAT.
The Counselor accompanied by Mr. Ken Wakia, the Cultural and Educational Affairs Specialist from the same Embassy made the observation last week when the two paid a courtesy call on the JKUAT Mombasa CBD Campus Director, Dr. Fridah Simba in her office.
The two had visited the campus to meet Nasra Hussein Hassan (a Public Health student) and Edna Kawira Mutua (a Bcom Finance student), based at the Campus who won scholarships recently to represent the University at the Study of the United States Institutes (SUSI) Women’s Leadership programme in the United States of America. The two emerged top in the SUSI Women Leadership online competition alongside other young women across the globe.
The programme targets young women leaders between 18 and 25 years of age serving in positions of leadership in their institutions.
The study of the U.S institutes (SUSIs) for student leaders is an intensive short term academic program whose purpose is to provide groups of undergraduate student leaders with a deeper understanding of the United States while simultaneously enhancing their leadership skills. The five-week study will consist of a series of seminar discussions, readings, group presentations, and lectures.
According to the Counselor, the faculty members will offer trainings in Entrepreneurship skills, alternative dispute resolutions and social change and, hence, helping the center pool resources and talents as well as enhancing their skills base.
Dr. Simba highlighted the need for having more student and faculty exchange programs to enhance cultural and research diversity. For the PhD and Master’s programme, she said, there was need to invite renowned U.S speakers who could give public lectures and visiting professors to lecturer in their areas of specialty in order to enhance research, innovation and training in JKUAT. The director noted that this is a noble initiative that should be enhanced in order to put JKUAT name on the global map.