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MUST – UCD ERASMUS Programme

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Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) develops linkages with like-minded institutions to create and maintain profound learning opportunities for our students.

 

Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST), Kenya won an Erasmus+ Key Action 107 – International Credit Mobility grant in collaboration with University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland. The benefits of the grant include mobility of two (2) members of staff, two (2) Masters students and one (1) undergraduate student from MUST to UCD. The members of staff and students from MUST are expected to visit UCD, Ireland in 2023.

Currently, two members of staff from UCD have visited MUST from 11th to 14th October 2022 as part of the exchange programme.  During the visit they met the Vice Chancellor, MUST Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, who gladly welcomed them and briefed them on the progress MUST is making in the frontier of research and international collaborations.

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The team also met the Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic and Student Affairs, Prof. Simon Thuranira who also welcomed them to MUST and was delighted of their visit to the University. He highlighted the benefits of the programme to the University in terms of teaching and supervision of students.

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Among the key partners in the collaboration from MUST is Dr. Eunice Marete, the Director Quality Assurance and Career Services and a Senior lecturer in the Department of Physical Sciences as the academic lead. Dr. Marete is an alumna of UCD having graduated with PhD in Food Science from UCD in the year 2010.

The other key team member in the collaboration is Prof. Joshua Arimi who is a member of staff in the Department of Food Science and an alumnus of UCD as well, having graduated with Master of Agricultural Science in 2005 and PhD in Food Science in 2009. Thereafter, he served as a Postdoc for 2 years before returning to Kenya and joining MUST.

The UCD collaborators are Dr. Niamh Harbourne as the academic lead and Dr. Jean-Christophe Jacquier, both from the Institute of Food and Health in UCD. The guests also planted trees in the University.

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During the visit, the UCD team held discussions with undergraduate students from the Department of Food Science covering the academic programmes and student life at UCD.

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The UCD Team also held discussions with postgraduate students on establishing collaborations.  As part of the visit, they will hold discussions with the members of staff on grant writing, research funding, collaborations and publications. They will also teach some topics to the Food Science undergraduate students.

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