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MMUST International Students Experience the Beauty of Western Kenya as They Undertake Excursion to the Regional Historical Sites

The International students next to the Mausoleum at the Nabongo Cultural Centre.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology International students recently experienced the beauty of Western Kenya during an excursion to the regional historical sites. The trip provided a holistic and vibrant cultural experience as they visited the Kakamega Crying stone, Nabongo Cultural Centre- Mumias as well as the Impala Park. The students were treated to the region’s favorite dish of ‘Genge’ at the Dunga Beach in Kisumu County.  The purpose of the field trip was to reinforce the students’ experiential and relational learning and explore the region’s cultural diversity. This event organized by the Directorate of International Relations and Academic Linkages (DIAL), took place on Friday, 19th May 2023.  

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The Ag. Director DIAL, Dr. Rose Opiyo together with the International students at the Museum.

Commenting on the retreat, the Ag. Director DIAL, Dr. Rose Opiyo stated that this is an important exercise that enables International students to have inter-cultural experiences, adding that such adventures provide them life skills that they can utilize elsewhere in the world.  

“Taking a break from classes and lectures is a significant relief for most students. It provides the ambiance to relax and allows them to get to know each other properly. International students face a lot of challenges away from their families, a retreat gives an opportunity to the students to clear the pressure that may have clouded their minds,” said Dr. Opiyo.

The international students having fun at the Kakamega Crying Stone

The international students having fun at the Kakamega Crying Stone.

Approximately thirty (30) students drawn from different nationalities including, South Sudan, Somalia, Uganda and Sudan participated in the retreat. They noted that the retreat enabled them to create meaningful exchanges among themselves, apart from bonding and networking.

“The retreat was an avenue for relaxation and building bonds. We have had fun and wish to have more of such trips. We have explored and have formed stronger bonds. We appreciate the University Management for allowing us to go for this retreat,” said Ms. Kaltumo Osman Mohamed, a student from South Sudan.

The Ag. Director DIAL Dr. Rose Opiyo together with the International 3

 The International students at the Equator- Kisumu

 Staff from MMUST also participated in the field trip. These were Mr. Oscar Waswa from the office of the Dean of students, Mr. Nelman Monari, Ms Dorine Ambetsa from DIAL and DCCM’s team.

The Ag. Director DIAL Dr. Rose Opiyo together with the International 25

The International students viewing animals at the Impala Park.

Notably, field trips especially for international students not only provide entertainment but also serve as a powerful motivator, stirring up excitement and appreciation of environmental and cultural diversity. It is also a powerful marketing strategy to attract more international students to the University.

By Lydia Anyonje andLinet Owuor

Photos by Shiundu Masafu

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