Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) in a collaboration with Vaal University of Technology (VUT) in South Africa has received three Professors from VUT. The Professors who are at the University on adjunct basis include Prof. Leonard Masu and Prof. Marcel Ohanga in the Faculty of Engineering and are both in MMUST for the purpose of teaching and research. The other Professor is Prof. Collins Miruka of the School of Business and Economics who is to also facilitate a workshop on Bioethics and Biosafety to be conducted between Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September 2016.
During a courtesy call to the Vice Chancellor, MMUST, Prof. Fred Otieno, the professors from South Africa indicated their willingness to expand the areas of engagement and collaboration. Already a grant proposal spearheaded by Vaal but involving universities from three countries namely, Britain, South Africa and Kenya has been conceptualized and is been finalized. In Kenya, Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology is one of the selected universities.
“We need to strive to make research visible by focusing on impact,” said Prof Miruka noting that scholars need to recognize the importance of being cited.
Prof Leornard Masu, an engineer by profession, expressed the need to mentor students at university so as to be independent thinkers. The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Planning, Research and Innovation) Prof Egara Kabaji pointed out that the University is in the process of revamping the academic journals not only to enhance scholarship in the region but also ensure that whatever journals that come out of MMUST meet international accreditation guidelines.
The Vice Chancellor Prof Fred Otieno expressed his gratitude for the assistance given by the professors to Masinde Muliro University of Science of Technology. “We hope to sign an MoU that covers over fifteen different areas of collaboration and engagement,” the Vice Chancellor said.
In attendance during the courtesy call were Mr Joe Nyamulu and the new Director, DIAL Dr Bob Mbori.