Let’s grow this relationship, Vincent Pol University tells MKU
The theme of Mount Kenya University’s (MKU) 13th graduation ceremony on 15th December 2017, “The Role of Partnerships in the Implementation of the University Mission”, connected well with the deepening relationship between MKU and Vincent Pol University (VPU) in Poland.
Madam Dorota Stefanek- Langham, Vice-President, Poland’s Vincent Pol University (VPU).“This theme has a very significant impact, for it is all because of partnerships that we got to know each other as MKU and VPU,” said the VPU Vice-President, Dorota Stefanek-Langham, representing the Guest Speaker, Dr Henryk Stefanek. Dr Henryk is the President/Chancellor and Founder of VPU. Ms Stefanek continued: “The same spirit of partnerships has made us to be here today as a sign of great milestones that shall be covered by the two universities together in the future.”
A delegation of six officials from VPU was present at the MKU ceremony, indeed demonstrating the solid relationship between the two institutions.
Ms Stefanek noted that the partnership had seen MKU benefit from 100 percent Erasmus Programme sponsorship through VPU.
This had enabled two MKU academic staff to visit VPU in 2016. Owing to the same, two MKU students participated in an exchange programme at VPU from February to May 2017. Three others are presently studying at the Polish university on a five-month programme that ends in
“The choice of the students who have benefitted so far has been based on merit, and we are happy to note that these have been very out going and bright students,” said Ms Stefanek. “We
are sure the experiences they gain at VPU will be of positive and tremendous lifelong impact in their lives,” she added.
The VPU Vice-President likened the partnership with MKU to a marriage, saying the two institutions must deliberately remain committed to ensure sustainability of the relationship, so that their impact on communities in both Kenya and Poland is strongly felt.
She said: “We have started well, but we need to upscale this partnership so that it could be a living model of what university partnerships ought to be.”