Maasai Mara University has offered some of medical equipment and facilities bequeathed to it in July 2017, by a USA-based Non-Governmental Organization (NGO), East Africa Partnership Limited (Kenya) to some health and humanitarian institutions in Narok County and beyond. 

This honors a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between Maasai Mara University and the said NGO where the varsity had agreed to donate some of the donation to definite institutions in Kenya managed by the NGO.   

The specified institutions are Ndeia Health Centre and Limuru Children’s Home. However, some items may be used in the NGO’s Health Centres in Narok County as the recipient may deem fit. 

Transportation costs to the destinations were incurred by Maasai Mara University as part of fulfilling the MoU coupled with the zeal to serve the community both locally and internationally. 

The university appreciated the eminent support demonstrated by the NGO and called for more collaboration and partnership. 

The Maasai Mara University Student Leaders are tasked to be instrumental in embracing the Corporate Identity (CI) of the institution hence giving rise to favorable corporate image. This is according to the new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs Prof. Bulitia Godrick Mathews Ph.D.  

Speaking during a welcoming and introductory meeting between Student Leaders and the new academic champion, Prof. Bulitia urged the leaders to clasp the highest standards of the acceptable code of conduct academically and in lifestyle. 

The student frontrunners were elated to taste the academic and leadership prowess of the new D.V.C (A, & SA) promising to work closely and supportively with him. The heads work under the umbrella of Maasai Mara University Students Association. 

Present during the meeting were the Dean of Students and Chairman- Kenya Universities Dean of Students (KUDSA) Mr. Mohamed Abdullahi Adan and the Senior Administrative Assistant at the Office of the Dean of Students Mrs. Susan Kimweli. 

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Maasai Mara University through the Directorate of Linkages and Collaborations is widening meaningful networks thus enhancing its mandate of providing quality academic services to its clientele and equip community members with excellent skills and knowledge for prosperity.

On that wavelength, a meeting was convened at the university where Professors from Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU), South African Wildlife Collage Basecamp Explorer Foundation and representatives from the Maasai Mara wildlife Conservancies Association (MMWCA) were engaged. The Maasai Mara University team was led by the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (A&SA) Prof. Almadi Obere backed by Deans of Schools. They discussed Wildlife conservation partnership between the Institutions.

Maasai Mara University is one of the partners in the implementation of the Mara Vocational Training Project, a four year project funded by the Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education (SIU), through Basecamp Explorer – Foundation and MMWCA.

The project aims to equip over 1800 youths with technical skills for employment in the Mara Ecosystem.

Measures to amplify the conservation of wildlife especially the Maasai Mara Game Reserve Ecosystem is one of the blueprint technique employed by Maasai Mara University, towards working jointly with other stakeholders to professionally sell the coveted academic and tourism brand to the global knowledge driven society.

Maasai Mara University through its Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mary K. Walingo and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic and Student Affairs Prof. Bulitia Godrick Mathews has spearheaded the quest to apportion part of the KONZA City land, also known as the Smart City to universities. The Mara varsity is honored to be among the identified universities to benefit in the allocation of KONZA City resources for universities.

The Chairman KONZA Technopolis Development Authority Prof. Reuben M. Mutiso PhD, the Chief Executive Officer KONZA Technopolis Development Authority Eng. John Tanui and Kilome MP Hon. Eng. Thaddeus K. Nzambia in their discussion with the Maasai Mara University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mary K. Walingo promised to support Maasai Mara University to be one of the treasured partners in the coveted KONZA Technopolis Development Authority. 

Prof. Mary Walingo who is accredited as the top-notch scientist, having won the First Women Scientist Award in Kenya Life Sciences and receiving the Presidential Award, Elder of the Burning Spear in 2013, affirmed that Smart City will be a solution to enabling the country to achieve the highest standards of quality research and innovation outputs. Her presence and quest to have the Mara Varsity to be allocated space within the Smart City heightened the pursuit and Mara which was not initially featuring among the varsities to benefit in securing space at KONZA City became the latest entrant partner.   

According to Prof. Bulitia who also doubles as the interim Chairman of the National Construction Authority (NCA) Board, the KONZA City is a blueprint of government project meant to hatch an international technological hub that will satisfy all sectors in the country. The forecasted KONZA City sits on a 5,000 acres land where NCA has secured a section and the education sector has followed suit. 

“University sector has been allocated a section of the KONZA City land to advance on Technology, Research and Innovation. The varsities will have their Research and Innovation hubs and incubations where exhibitions will thrive and throng,” Prof. Bulitia said. This will also be aligned to all other levels of education from primary to tertiary levels.

The University also stands to benefit from the Korea-Kenya bilateral partnership which is at an advanced stage. 

The Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary, State Department of University Education, Ministry of Education Prof. Collette A. Suda led delegates from KONZA Technopolis Development Authority, Maasai Mara University and other stakeholders in touring the initial ongoing KONZA City projects. The first phase is expected to be completed in a month’s time. 

Climax of the move was later attested when the Ministry of Education in conjunction with the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology as well as the Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) kicked off the setting up of the Kenyan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). Coincidentally, the acronyms seem synonymous. 

Speaking during the kickoff ceremony, the Chief Administrative Secretary and Principal Secretary, State Department of University Education, Ministry of Education Prof. Collette A. Suda promised that the project is in the right hands. She added that the government will support the project that is paramount in making KONZA City a centre of quality research and innovation.  

She also noted that Kenya is technologically advancing at an appreciable pace but campaigned for Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) career trends. “We are very focused on where we want to go and on which path to follow. The main role of KAIST is providing specialized training in various engineering areas to help us as a country to meet the standards of our partner  Korean KAIST that has advanced from Agrarian to Knowledge economy”, Prof. Suda said.  

The Principal Secretary Ministry of ICT Mr. Jerome Okoth Ochieng supported the move assuring that Kenya will move from labour economy to knowledge based economy through prioritizing careers in Science, Technology and Engineering. He added that other universities in Kenya are welcomed to invest in KONZA City through the creation of their innovation hubs within KONZA City. 

Jerome also called for Kenyans to uphold highest level and dignity regarding Intellectual Property Rights. He cautioned against parties taking advantage of young or unsuspecting innovators who rush to patent artistic and creative pieces generated by others as their original work. 

The Korean Ambassador to H.E Amb. Choi Yeonghan applauded the initiative saying that it will help Kenya attain international standards and draw great opportunities for economic milestones. “Korea’s support for Kenya drives the support of KAIST establishment so as to realize the Big 4 Agenda and the Vision 2030 through disciplines in Science, and Technology,” Choi said. 

Security agencies in the area promised to offer the best services to ensure that the KAIST project and the KONZA CITY entirely is achieved. They maintained that there is no development without security. They urged residents to welcome the projects by providing ample working environment and support to stakeholders. 

Joy Rocks Maasai Mara University as MOU on the construction of the African Botanical Joint Research Laboratory is Signed.

Delight rocks entirety of Maasai Mara University after successful signing of a long awaited Memorandum of Agreement on Collaboration in the African Botanical Joint Research Laboratory within the institution’s environs. The MOU is set to spearhead the construction of a factory that will process herbal products, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, nutrition etc.  

The historic event took place on Thursday afternoon, 13th December 2018 at Serena Hotel Nairobi where three parties were involved: 1. Maasai Mara University 2.Botanic Diamonds Company Limited and 3, the Sino-African Joint Research Center, Wuhan Botanical Garden, Chinese Academy of Sciences. 

Maasai Mara University was represented by some Members of the University Council led by the Council Chairman Dr. Samuel Agonda Ochola and University Management team led by the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Mary Walingo.

The Ministry of Education was also represented by Prof. A Mohammed who assured the Mara Varsity that the government recognizes the notable steps it has taken to enhance its quest for value addition regarding medicinal plants. He added that President Uhuru Kenyatta and the Education Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Amina Mohammed have welcomed collaborations and projects that are hatched by the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

The President of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Dr. Chunli Bai spiced the memorable occasion citing that establishing a masterpiece Botanical Garden and processing plant at Maasai Mara University was strategic. He affirmed that the achievement will woo thousands of tourist not only to attest to the flora and fauna of the Seventh Wonder of the World, that is the Maasai Mara National Game Reserve, but also to enjoy the research prowess at Maasai Mara University.

A joint discussion at Maasai Mara University one day ago prior to today’s signing of the MOU revealed that the MOU is likely to bring to reality the actualization of academic dreams of 25 undergraduate students annually through sponsorship with Kenya Shillings one million every year.

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