Multimedia University of Kenya Vice Chancellor Amb. Prof. Festus Kaberia has called for a concerted effort from institutions of higher learning to embrace academic exchange programmes for a more enhanced knowledge sharing and research in the country.
Speaking during a two-day Scientific Workshop on Computational Chemistry at MMU Main Conference Centre, the VC said that there is need to form more enhanced collaborative research ties and exchange programmmes with already established universities across the globe.
Prof. Kaberia acknowledged the importance of the Workshop which was organized by MMU in collaboration with University of Johannesburg saying it presents the two institutions with an opportunity to explore and identify areas of common interest in teaching, curriculum and research.
Multimedia University of Kenya Vice Chancellor Amb. Prof. Festus Kaberia giving his speech during the Scientific Workshop on Computational Chemistry at MMU Main Conference Centre on Monday, September 2nd, 2015.
This was echoed by Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs, Research and Innovation Prof. Paul Mbatia who said that such workshops are part of academic culture in universities that help to make academic programmes vibrant and build capacities of scholars.
He added that the workshop will also support creation of productive academic networks, sharing of knowledge and experiences.
In her remarks, Dean Faculty of Science and Technology Dr. Sitawa Wattanga said that Computational Chemistry Workshop fits well into the Kenya government’s strategy of promoting Science Technology and Innovation (STI) within the broader Vision 2030 agenda.
“Computational Chemistry is the application of chemical, mathematical and computer skills to solve chemical problems. This underscores the importance of an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research that fits the government’s Vison 2030 industrialization agenda,” said the Dean.
She said that the event will go a long way in providing an invaluable platform that will ignite research interests in Chemistry, Mathematics, Computer Science and their applications among lecturers and students.
Students listening to presentations during the Scientific Workshop on Computational Chemistry at MMU Main Conference Centre on Monday, September 2nd, 2015.
Present from the University of Johannesburg were Dr. Dickson Nsika, Dr. Penny Govender and Dr. Martin Magu while those from MMU were Registrar Academic Affairs Prof. Livingstone Ngoo and Deputy Registrar Research and Innovation Mr. Cornelius Mutangili among other staff members.
The event runs from 2nd to 4th of November 2015.