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MMUST Humanities and Social Science Scholars Urged to Establish Academic Family Systems So as to Strengthen Research Capacity

BIEA Graduate Forum participants at MMUST.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology’s humanities and social science scholars have been advised to form academic family systems, for the purpose of strengthening the research capacity. This was during a graduate semi-virtual forum, organized by the British Institute of East Africa (BIEA), in conjunction with the School of Arts and Social Sciences (SASS), which took place on Wednesday, 1st March, 2023 at MMUST.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Students Affairs), Prof. Hussein Golicha, noted that the postgraduate division is a very important aspect of the University, adding that MMUST has a large number of graduate students. “Although we have many postgraduate students, the low completion rate among them is still a major challenge. Time has come for us to address this issue, therefore, I would like to commend the organizers of this event for creating a forum where our students learn about funding opportunities,” said Prof. Golicha.

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DVC (Academic and Students Affairs), Prof. Hussein Golicha, gives his remarks during the forum.

“Graduate students must know that academic networking is inevitable. It involves scholars who get together with the intention of establishing academic connections and partnerships,” said MMUST’s Prof. Inyani Simala, who was the keynote speaker at the forum. Prof. Simala advised researchers to not only understand what other scholars in their areas of interest are doing, but to also engage with those from other disciplines, as well as the community.

According to Dr. Fred Nasubo, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at BIEA, the Institute conducts graduate forums twice a month. “These forums bring together students pursuing graduate studies, and early career scholars, to network,” stated Dr. Nasubo. He reiterated that funding is a serious issue among postgraduate students, and added that BIEA provides many grant opportunities which he encouraged MMUST students to explore. Dr. Nasubo was accompanied by Dr. Kennedy Gitu, a Research Fellow at BIEA, and Mr. Charles Mwaniki, an Audio and Visual Technician at the same institution.

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BIEA’s Dr. Fred Nasubo makes his presentation during the graduate forum.

“This University, through the Directorate of Research and Postgraduate Support, provides opportunities for graduate students to work with other researchers. In addition, the Directorate creates platforms such as Conferences and Workshops, where students disseminate their research findings, and get a chance to link with experts,” said the Director (DRPS) Prof. Peter Bukhala. Further, Prof. Bukhala emphasized that postgraduate students in MMUST to always liaise with his office, as well as the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies, to ensure that their research is published in the right journals.

MMUST’s Director of Postgraduate Studies, Prof. Stephen Odebero, assured BIEA that the University is open to collaborate on future projects, and share expertise. In his presentation on the ‘Place of the Directorate of Postgraduate Studies on Research and Scholarship,’ Prof. Odebero strongly encouraged the students to publish in credible journals, as well as to disseminate their research findings.

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Prof. Hussein Golicha receives a book donation from Dr. Fred Nasubo.

Notably, MMUST received a donation of books and copies of the prestigious BIEA Journal of Eastern African Studies during the event. The forum attracted SASS faculty members and postgraduate students, and other participants across the globe.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology has continued to support its postgraduate students by organizing such forums, where they not only explore funding opportunities, but also form networks. Evidently, the University is committed to enhancing the completion rates among its postgraduate students.

By Mary Wangari Wambugu

Photos by Shiundu Masafu

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