The University of Nairobi (UoN) and the University of Connecticut (UCONN) are set to strengthen their collaboration in areas of research and innovation, focusing particularly on human rights, neuroscience, energy, cybersecurity, agriculture, health, business, athletics, and engineering. Speaking during a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, The UCONN delegation, led by Dr. Ngozi Taffe, Associate Vice President of Global Affairs said that the University of Connecticut wanted to increase its global footprint. “The University of Connecticut seeks to grow the number of global partners which currently stands at 176 partners from 51 countries,” she said.
In his response, Prof. Kiama noted that such partnerships are important and help students change their mindset in tackling issues with a global perspective. “The University of Nairobi is ready to collaborate with the University of Connecticut in this noble initiative of developing a global student and fulfilling the university’s vision of a world-class university,” he said.
Established in 1881, the University of Connecticut (UConn) is a public land-grant research university system, classified as an R1 research institution. UConn is one of the founding institutions of the Hartford/Springfield regional economic and cultural partnership alliance known as New England’s Knowledge Corridor. UConn was the second US university invited into Universitas 21, an international network of 24 research-intensive universities.
Also present from the University of Nairobi was the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research Innovation and Enterprise, Prof. Margaret Hutchinson, Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs, Prof. Leonidah Kerubo, Mr. John Orindi, Director of Corporate Affairs and distinguished Faculty members.