As the government of Kenya strengthens ties and partnerships with the Chinese Government, Maasai Mara University is fortunate and ahead of many other public varsities in Kenya, warmly welcoming and engaging varied and meaningful partnerships and collaborations from China. These prospective mergers emanate from reputable academic and industrial institutions and firms that seek to extend their skills, knowledge, expertise and resources to Kenya.
This has been evident today, Tuesday December 18th, 2018 when a delegation from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) Sino-Africa Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC), Government of Hubei Province, the Science and Technology Department of Hubei Province, and the Hi-Tech Enterprises of Hubei Province visited Maasai Mara University. They were led by Professor Guo Yuejin to meet with members of staff from the University headed by the Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor DVC (A F & P), Dr. Alloys M. Osano and Prof. Dr. Wycliffe Wanzala.
The meeting bore a concrete discussion on the different levels of potential collaboration and partnership that Maasai Mara University can harness. Notably, the areas in line with the Big Four Agenda spearheaded by the Kenyan Government were treasured. These areas included:
- Industrial production
- Aquaculture in line with the Blue Economy
- Biological Sciences
- Academic exchange programmes
- Scientific research
- Business incubation centre and,
The delegation also visited the University Botanical Garden and the CAS-MMU Joint Laboratories to witness the progress of the two Chinese-funded projects.
This comes four days after Maasai Mara University successfully signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) on collaboration in the African Botanical Joint Research Laboratory within the institution’s environs. The MoA is set to spearhead the construction of a factory that will process herbal products, cosmetics, nutraceuticals, nutrition etc. The historic event took place last week on Thursday afternoon, December 13th, 2018 at Serena Hotel Nairobi where three parties were involved in signing the MoA: 1. Maasai Mara University 2. Kenya Botanic Diamonds Company Limited and 3, Sino-African Joint Research Center, Wuhan Botanical Garden, and Chinese Academy of Sciences.