Kenyan varsity signs deal with leading Chinese Petroleum University
A Memorandum of Understanding signed Saturday between China University of Petroleum (East China) and Mount Kenya University will help develop joint scientific and technological research projects between the two institutions.
The agreement will also see the two institutions expand scholarly ties, facilitate academic co-operation and promote mutual understanding.
“This MoU spells a bright future for our students and faculty,” MKU Chairman Dr. Simon Gicharu said.
“As you are aware, Kenya, and indeed Africa, is replete with natural resources but lacks enough manpower to tap these resources.”
China University of Petroleum (East China) and its sister university, in Beijing are considered to be the best universities in petroleum related studies in China. The university was founded in 1953, as Beijing Petroleum Institute.
One of MKU’s strategic campuses is located in the oil-rich Northern Western region of Turkana. Anglo-Irish firm Tullow Oil, which is drilling for oil in the area, says there is as much as one billion barrels in deposits.
“Empowering local communities by improving the knowledge base has always been one of our key drivers,” says Prof. Stanley Waudo, the university Vice-Chancellor.
Dr. Fengchi Luan, Dean, College of International Education at CUP signed the agreement on behalf of the Chinese university.
The two universities will also exchange curriculum, students, and research personnel.
Meanwhile, MKU Vice Chancellor Prof. Stanley Waudo has said that guided by the University Quality policy to support Community Service the University will have a free career day and mentorship program in all its campuses and centres on May, 10.
The Vice-Chancellor paid a courtesy call on Kisii County Governor, Hon. James Ongwae at his office in Kisii town. He was accompanied by Campus Director, Prof. Tom Nyamache, and Deputy Directors Dr. Nyakwara and Dr. Nderitu.
They deliberated on several issues among them, creating a cordial working relationship between the university and the County Government, and investing more on Health Science academic programmes so as to boost the health sector within the County.
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