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Alexander Von Humboldt Ambassador Trains MMUST Researchers on Cutting Edge Research Opportunities in Germany Through Their Foundation

The foundation sponsors academic collaboration between excellent international and German researchers. Its network facilitates interdisciplinary research on cross-border challenges such as resources, climate, health, and development. Moreover, the foundation also gives fresh impetus to areas such as research marketing and science policy. The funding offered to researchers is from the Federal Ministry of Education and Research.

Speaking during the training, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Planning Research, and Innovation, Prof. Charles Mutai urged MMUST researchers to grab the opportunity to advance their careers. He further assured the Alexander von Humboldt foundation of the University’s willingness to work with them in research.

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The Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Planning Research and Innovation, Prof. Charles Mutai addressing participants of the training.

“As a University, we embrace research, capacity building, and collaborations. I assure you that we shall collaborate with you to learn new ideas in matters of research,” said Prof. Mutai.

The Director, of research and Postgraduate Support Prof. Peter Bukhala, who was the event organizer, noted that this event had been organized for MMUST researchers to sensitize them regarding the available opportunities in Germany.

“This collaboration is immensely beneficial both to the individual staff and to the University. Alexander von Humboldt Foundation sponsors you in collaboration with a host from Germany. I encourage staff to take advantage of this funding,” he added.

The Humboldt Ambassador Scientist, Dr. Loreen Maseno noted that every year, the foundation sponsors approximately two thousand (2000) researchers who stay at German universities and research institutions.  

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The Humboldt Ambassador Scientist, Dr. Loreen Maseno making a presentation during the training.

“As a foundation, we bring top researchers to German Universities from abroad and drive the development of internationally visible research focus areas. We want researchers and their families from all over the world to have a positive experience in Germany. Our aim is to ensure that both the researcher and their host experience professional success and personal enrichment. We support every fellow and all award winners individually and flexibly,” said Dr. Maseno.

One of the Humboldt Fellows, Dr. Dorothy Akinyi shared her experience with the foundation, noting that it was a life-changing experience for her. Learning the German language made it easier for her to integrate into the new society. She also attested to the state-of-the-art equipment that was available for her to undertake her research. Dr. Akinyi urged her fellow researchers to consider being Humboldtians.

The Humboldtians return home with an accurate picture of their host country. Many of them become ambassadors for Germany abroad. Similarly, in their own countries, they also become instrumental in driving scientific progress and development and often become actively involved in the social and political arenas.

Germany is an ideal research location since it has diverse institutions and organizations to carry out research. This training by Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, will certainly transform the professional future of researchers from MMUST and elsewhere.

By Linet Owuor

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