ALC and IDS hold meeting to strengthen partnership

ALC, King's College, London and IDS, UoN Faculty and Staff
Photo by Peter Eliakim

On Tuesday June 25th 2019, faculty and staff of both the African Leadership Centre (ALC), King’s College London and Institute for Development Studies (IDS), University of Nairobi, held a half-day meeting to discuss modalities of strengthening their existing partnership and how to ensure optimal performance for both institutions.

The meeting was hosted at the ALC office in Nairobi. In attendance were the current Director of IDS Prof. Karuti Kanyinga, ALC Executive Director Shuvai Nyoni, King’s College London’s Vice President & Vice-Principal International Prof. Funmi Olonisakin, and ALC Board of Trustees member Prof. Mohamud Jama who is also Deputy Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at University of Nairobi.

Senior representatives re-iterated the importance of the partnership between the two institutions that was established in 2008. Faculty and staff also reflected on various areas of mutual cooperation and the major milestones that the two institutions have achieved over the last decade. Notable among these were various student exchange programmes and joint research programmes, as well as a taught Masters module being delivered jointly at IDS. All of these have seen knowledge and human resource capacities developed and transferred between the two institutions.

Participants committed to investing additional financial and human resources into ongoing programmes, particularly the annual undergraduate Summer Term programme, the joint-doctoral training programme and the newly established Erasmus funded student and faculty exchange programme; all of which are crucial for strengthening the partnership.

The meeting outlined several interesting initiatives to look forward to in the future. These include co-developing and delivering joint post graduate degree programmes. The two institutions also look forward to a joint retreat in the near future to further deliberate on developing a joint research agenda.

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