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Launch of the capacity development partnership UoN and KIA

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The University of Nairobi (UoN) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Kenya Institute of Administration (KIA) to offer a masters programme in public administration.  The MoU was formally launched in a well-attended ceremony at Harambee house officiated by the Assistant Minister for Public Service Hon. Aden Ahmed Sugow. Hon Sugow said the course will help in addressing the training needs of public servants and help in building capacity in the civil service.

Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Student Affairs, who represented the Vice-Chancellor, thanked the government for choosing UoN for the collaboration from other universities, which is recognition of the quality of programmes offered by the University.  He added that the MoU signals the move towards implementation of the programme and a pointer that UoN has the capacity and commitment to bring the initiative to fruition.  The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension,  Prof. Lucy Irungu, gave an assurance that the research agenda will be part of the new programmes with strict adherence to quality assurance mechanisms in place to ensure that the programme has worldwide recognition.

The programme will be based at KIA which has a long tradition for training civil servants in public administration.  Its first intake of 30 students in September 2011 will be fully sponsored by the government.

The course will be offered in the evenings and weekends.  The degree will be awarded by UoN based on its academic regulations.  According to the Permanent Secretary, Public Service, Mr. Titus Ndambuki, the programme will initially target public sector employees but will eventually be offered to other sectors.  Other programmes that have been planned by the Ministry are M.A. in public policy and public affairs.

According to the Principal, KIA, Dr. Margaret Kobia, the course will be unique to the public service which had longed for an advanced degree that is rich in public administration.

Dr. Kobia thanked the PS and the UoN for fast-tracking the introduction of the programme that is rich in public service content.  Those present included Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Prof. Makumi Mwagiru, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and International Studies, Prof. Mohammed Jama, Director, Institute of Diplomacy and Development Studies, Prof.  Princeton Chitere, Dean, Faculty of Arts and top Ministry and KIA officials.

Edith (not verified) wrote:

Tue, 2012-10-02 20:20

The collaboration between KIA and UoN is most encouraging and will go a long way to see both the economic development and quality education in Kenya and beyond. Kindly let me know when KIA-School of Government will Launch the Masters Program in Public Policy and International Development.

Sincerely,
E N Mbigi