KAFUCO in partnership with US universities to enhance research, student training

Council Chairperson

Today, July 14, 2022 KAFUCO received two Carnegie African Diaspora Fellows interested in helping the University College forge research collaborations, strengthen student training and reap benefits of educational exchange programs with US-based universities.

In one, KAFUCO is seeking to enter a research and educational exchange deal with Ball State University, Indiana, USA as part of efforts to fortify the niche in health sciences.
Steering these discussions into a memorandum of understanding is Ball State-based Developmental Psychologist Prof Winnie Mucherah who is interested in establishing a sickle-cell research center of excellence to cater for screening, testing, diagnosis and care for the disease.
Other areas of possible collaboration include capacity building in research for KAFUCO faculty, student and faculty exchange programs, as well as books and equipment. Prof Mucherah is already coordinating a planned donation of several books by Ball State University to the School of Health Sciences.
The scholar called for consideration of cross-cutting issues to open the MoU benefits to other faculties of the university college, as well as students.
Prof Nandi welcomed the partnerships, saying it would build capacity in research for KAFUCO faculty and would strengthen its niche in health sciences.
Another Carnegie scholar from California State University San Marcos Prof. Moses Ochanji is exploring the similarities and differences between Kenya’s Competency Based Curriculum and Next Generation Science Standards for California Public Schools with a viewing to helping improve teacher training at KAFUCO
The STEM expert is also helping academic staff at KAFUCO prepare for online and blended learning.
In a workshop scheduled for 19th and 20th July, 2022, he will speak on basics of online teaching and learning-introduction to the building blocks for online teaching and learning, as well as creating content and enhancing student engagement and learning in online courses.

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