Prof. Misia Kadenyi, Ph.D
DEPUTY VICE-CHANCELLOR, (ACADEMIC RESEARCH & STUDENT AFFAIRS)
Maasai Mara University is a Fully Chartered University in Narok County, Kenya. It neighbours the World famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve and the Mau Water Towers, and is home to the culturally renowned Maasai people who represent the face of tourism in Kenya. Maasai Mara University (MMU) has a quality objective of offering high quality teaching, research, community outreach and consultancy. These it incorporates in its academic work through formal, non formal and informal education. In taking its rightful position in the local and international community, the University has taken a lead in community, academic and research partnership with other research and academic institutions. The Maasai Mara University in collaboration with the organization for Social Science Research in Eastern and Southern Africa (OSSREA) have partnered in a Curriculum workshop on Climate Change, Disaster Risk reduction and Social protection. This, alongside other initiatives, aim at making Maasai Mara University the Centre of Climate Change, Disaster risk reduction and Social protection in the region. In addition, the University has collaborations with Clemson University (USA) and WWF through the MAMASE project. It is currently pursuing other linkages such as: the North Central College (USA) and the GEOHealth Hub for East Africa project (in collaboration with other prominent international and local universities such as University of Southern California, Makerere University and the Great Lakes University of Kisumu (GLUK). The university academic division has facilitated, and is keen on participatory curriculum development, exchanges and practical learning. This is a way of enhancing academic excellence through professor and student exchanges and attachments to further ground them after the class work. MMU has an active South Rift Regional Centre of Expertise (RCE in ESD) currently in the process of being registered by the United Nations University (UNU). The University has recently hosted a very successful community gathering in collaboration with the National Environmental Management authority (NEMA), the Narok County government, the community organizations, NGOs, the Maasai Council of elders, among other stakeholders. This is a way of making the education from the university conformity with the day to day needs of the society, by orienting it to solve problems and for posterity, i.e. education for sustainable development (ESD) and as corporate responsibility. Maasai Mara university offers postgraduate, undergraduate and diploma level academic programs distributed in five different schools, namely: School of Tourism and Natural Resources Management (2 departments), School of Education (2 departments), School of Science (4 departments), School of Business (2 departments) and school of Arts and Social Sciences (2 departments). These programs are offered after a thorough demand assessment, and are responsive to community needs and gives the students and the community the capacity to solve real life and day to day social, economic, livelihood and environmental challenges. Other new programs currently being developed by the university are in the field of Nursing, Health, Law, Cultural Studies, Indigenous Knowledge, Citizen Science, and Alternative Energy, among others. The students and staff are able to access information on these subjects in a resourceful library with online journals. To our current students we wish you a successful learning period. For the rest, we wish to cordially welcome you on board to be part of the Maasai Mara Academic, Research train. Last, but not least, the University has an active extra-curricular body with a vibrant choir which serves in national events as well a number of student professional and social networks. It has received many trophies in various fields and continues to strive for excellence in academic, research, consultancy and community outreach.