Egerton University recently signed a five-year Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Michigan State University (MSU) under the framework of the Alliance for African Partnership (AAP) to progressively collaborate to sustainably, effectively, and equitably address global challenges around agri-food systems, water, energy, and the environment, culture, youth empowerment, education and health and nutrition.
Egerton University’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Kibwage was represented by Prof. Nancy W. Mungai (Acting Director, Research and Extension) during MOU-signing at the Future Africa Campus, University of Pretoria on 16th October 2023. Also present was Prof. Alexander Kahi (Director, CoELIB Project).
This marks a milestone for Egerton University as it embarks on another five-year commitment working with MSU, ten leading African universities, and a distinguished network of African research institutes to drive equitable partnerships and solutions to pressing global challenges. At Egerton University, AAP is hosted by the CoELIB Project.
Founded in 2016, AAP continues to build on the foundation laid by the African Studies Center and evolve models of engagement in line with AAP’s guiding principles of accountability, equity, inclusivity, sustainability and transparency. The consortium has accomplished a great deal over the first five years by supporting or engaging with over 350 researchers and staff from AAP member institutions and almost 150 from non-member partners in AAP-related programs. So far, these programs have led to over 100 co-authored publications and over $40 million in funding for institutions across the consortium.
Egerton University has been a longstanding beneficiary of this partnership since joining the consortium. The consortium’s achievements grow out of its generative role on the campuses of the university consortium members and increasingly with African and Africa-related development institutions.
“Partnership in the consortium falls within our purview as a leader of transformative quality education for global development. The next five years as a member of the consortium set Egerton University on a path of leadership in the transformative development of Africa by building bridges across sectors, disciplines, and continents, knowledge mobility and research to address shared challenges.” – Prof. N. Mungai
“As hosts of the AAP in Egerton University - Kenya, we take great pride in strengthening the university’s position as a catalyst of expertise and networks to develop the continent and address many of the most pressing challenges of our time ultimately making positive change in Africa and globally.” – Prof. A. K. Kahi