[22nd January 2014]


(L-R) Prof. Michinari Hamaguchi, President of Nagoya University and Prof. Isaac Mbeche, Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi, during the MOU signing ceremony: 11th December 2013.

The University of Nairobi and Nagoya University have recently signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) for academic exchange. The MOU aims to develop deeper academic exchange and cooperation in education and research among the two institutions, giving a number of students a chance to apply to study at the other institution while paying only the usual fees to the home institution. This opens a lot of opportunities to students and staff of both institutions to expand their horizons.

Nagoya University is renowned for excellence in research with Nobel Laureates among its alumni. It has also been listed among other leading universities that would be receiving students from Africa under the African Business Education (ABE) Initiative for the Youth in Japan. The ABE initiative, which was announced during the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), would offer 1,000 African youth the opportunity to undertake both undergraduate and graduate education in Japan as well as opportunities to work as interns at Japanese companies over the next five years. Kenya is among the few countries chosen in Africa for the first year of the project.

The cooperation between the two institutions was facilitated by Professor Emanuel Leleito, a Kenyan currently working at Nagoya University as Advisor at International Academic Exchange Office.

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