Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology and the Humanitarian Leadership Academy Kenya Centre (HLAK) on Friday, 28th October, 2016 signed a memorandum of understanding that will synergise the efforts of the two institutions to stimulate collaborative research, training and develop support initiatives to ensure the effectiveness and efficiency of the humanitarian sector.
The MoU will specifically focus on the area of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management. The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Fred Otieno noted that MMUST as a leader in the humanitarian sector within the country, will provide the required leadership that will ensure that society benefits.
"The competitive edge is keeping abreast with emergent issues and refocusing on innovative approach to humanitarian work" , Prof. Otieno said.
He thanked HLAK for recognizing MMUST as a leader in humanitarian work among all universities across the country and urged staff in the Centre for Disaster Management Humanitarian Assistance (CDMHA) to actualize the MoU through proactive assessment of humanitarian trends and patterns and offer solutions to humanitarian challenges.
Dr. Charles Lwanga,HLAK Centr director underscored the need to enhance practical skills among graduates. He said HLAK is excited to collaborate with MMUST and bridge the gap between Lecture room the era and practical skills. He said that the two institutions will benefit in terms of capacity building, knowledge management, experience, consultancies and sharing of facilities.
Dr. Lwanga noted that most research is never disseminated and stressed the need to go beyond documentation, adding that HLAK is keen on an innovative approach to humanitarian issues. He said HLAK will help greatly in formulation of relevant curricular.
The Academy will work with MMUST on internship programmes. HLAK is a charity organization based in London, with 10 centres across the globe.