Egerton University's Vice Chancellor, Prof. Isaac Kibwage, is currently participating in the 3rd General Assembly held from September 13 to September 15, 2023, at the Austrian Academy of Sciences (OeAW) in Vienna. This significant event aims to fortify existing partnerships between Austrian institutions and African countries while strategically elevating the profile and impact of Africa UniNet.
Africa UniNet, an academic network fostering collaborations between universities in Africa and Europe, is at the heart of this assembly. Its mission extends beyond academics, delving into questions surrounding the decolonization of knowledge and exploring the intricate relationship between academia and societal realities.
Accompanying Prof. Kibwage is Vice President of Africa-UniNet Professor Nzula Kitaka, a distinguished faculty member at Egerton University. Prof. Kitaka, a luminary in the field of Limnology, currently heads the program at Egerton University. Her presence underscores Egerton University's commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration and the exchange of knowledge. Prof. Kitaka was elected for a second term as Vice president of the forum unanimously during the second General Assembly.
The historical significance of this event resonates with the fact that Egerton University hosted the second General Assembly of Africa UniNet, which brought together over 40 universities from both Africa and Europe, including the Austrian Academy of Sciences. The experience undoubtedly laid a strong foundation for further cooperation.
Prof. Kibwage's presence at the 3rd General Assembly underscores Egerton University's dedication to fostering and deepening relationships with its European partners. The exchange of ideas and expertise is not only vital for the growth of Egerton University but also for the broader educational landscape in Africa.
As discussions at the 3rd General Assembly continue to revolve around collaboration, knowledge, and the academic-social interface, the outcomes are anticipated to further enrich the global academic community and strengthen the bonds between African and European institutions.
This assembly serves as a testament to the vital role played by universities in fostering international relations, knowledge dissemination, and the collective pursuit of solutions to the challenges facing our interconnected world. Egerton University's proactive engagement in such endeavors showcases its commitment to excellence in education and research.
The 3rd General Assembly is poised to leave a lasting impact, and Egerton University is at the forefront of this transformative journey, ensuring that academia transcends borders and continues to be a beacon of progress for all.
By Kurian Musa
Directorate of Marketing and Resource Mobilization