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ACCOMPLISHMENTS AND VISIONS OF AFRICA-U.S. HIGHER EDUCATION PARTNERSHIPS

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The University of Nairobi (UoN), through the Center for Sustainable Dryland Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES) in collaboration with Kenyatta University (KU) and other partners held a successful event on 10th February 2012 at the Kenya Institute of Education that was aimed at introducing accomplishments and Visions of Africa-US higher education partnerships in the two Universities.

The two Universities are among 22 Universities in Africa and the United States that were competitively selected for funding by the US Agency for International Development (USAID)

and Higher Education for Development (HED) through the Africa-United States Higher Education Initiative.

under the initiative, Kenyatta University (KU) and Syracuse University (SU) in the United States of America have been funded for a partnership project titled “Building Capacity through Quality Teacher Preparation” while the University of Nairobi (UoN) and Colorado State University (CSU) have been funded for a project titled Sustainable Drylands Ecosystems and Societies (CSDES).The partnerships are expected to maximize the resources of United States institutions, while placing African Universities in the lead to capitalize on their on-the-ground knowledge proximity to the challenges and build their own capacity to better address their challenges.

Speaking during the opening of the event, Dr. Tully Cornick, the Executive Director of HED expressedgreat pleasure for the accomplishments of the two higher Education Partnerships in their first year of work and for demonstrating quality in both design and execution. He reminded the partnerships that a lot was expected of them and that it is desired that by the end of the program the various universities should be able to help Kenya take control of their own progress and economic well-being, contribute to Kenya’s National development agenda and form educated and empowered citizens.

The event was closed by Prof. Kasim Farah, Director of Research and Development in the Ministry of Development for Northern Kenya and other Arid Lands on behalf of the Minister, Hon. Mohamed Elmi. The Minister expressed his delight of the new initiative dedicated to the sustainable development of the Arid and semi-Arid lands (ASALS). Heapplauded the CSDES for its success in attracting competitive funding and for taking a collaborative approach as they implement their activities.

The Minister promised that his ministry will utilize every effort at its disposal to participate in the Center’s program of work.

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