MUST Partners with Dalhousie University

The Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) family was happy to host Dr. David Parks and Lana Bos from Dalhousie University, Nova Scotia, Canada for a Collaborative project meeting between MUST and Dalhousie University on 1st November, 2022.  The meeting was attended by the Chairman of the MUST Council, Prof. Bosire Monari Mwebi, The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Dr. David Parks and Lana Bos from Dalhousie University, members from the School of Agriculture and Food Science, Department of Journalism, and representatives from Marimba Learning Centre.

The meeting was in an effort to come up with a joint proposal by the two institutions on the creation of a Centre of Excellence for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) at Meru University of Science and Technology. The School of Agriculture and Food Science is where the project will be housed.

The MUST family recognizes the need for institutions of higher learning to connect with like-minded institutions across the world. Meru University of Science and Technology invests in linkages offering a wide range of valuable experiences for students and faculty. MUST is nurturing highly-skilled, motivated and globally competitive graduates. These inter-university collaborations present the space to share, learn and grow.  Travelling or moving abroad to study may not be a viable option for every person. Technology, Innovation and strategic inter-university linkages enable students across the world acquire new knowledge, challenge each other, experiences each other’s cultures and collaborate to solve societal challenges. Interactions between staff and students within the Universities has further demonstrated a positive impact on research opportunities thus promoting cultural diversity and internationalization.

Meru University of Science and Technology has successfully created linkages with Canadian Colleges and Universities focusing on:

  1. Faculty and Students’ Reciprocal Exchange.
  2. Undergraduate and graduate student mobility.
  3. Join projects related to research, teaching and faculty development.
  4. Academic partnerships.
  5. Capacity building of instructors in competency based training and assessment.
  6. Development of MUST Trades to 2+2 Degree pathways.
  7. Development of joint initiatives with partner institutions.

Meru University of Science and Technology chooses to lead by example. These global linkages also play a leading role in creating multicultural awareness by offering opportunities to foster inclusion and awareness between diverse groups. MUST students; a family from varied backgrounds learn lessons on how to exist in an exponentially diverse world.

The guests also toured our Marimba Learning Centre where the training of our Agriculture students takes place.  While at the Learning Centre they also toured the E-Pivot project which is a project that was funded by Netherlands Universities Foundation for International Cooperation (NUFFIC) and has successfully run the Enhancing Partnerships for Industry led Vocational Training (EPIVOT) research project to completion. The project focused on water in a nexus with Agriculture. EPIVOT has improved professional education and vocational training capacity at the level of TVET institutions in Kenya. EPIVOT advanced delivery of water-smart and climate-smart agriculture training in strong collaboration with the private sector.

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