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MKU participates in a Pan-African workshop in South Africa

Mount Kenya University founder, Prof. Simon Gicharu participated as an invited guest at a workshop hosted at University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa on 23rd May 2017. The workshop involved scholars and renowned stakeholders in higher education and was convened to seek possible modalities or indicators of assessing the contribution of higher education in Africa to the public good. Participants in the workshop were drawn from universities in Ghana, Nigeria, Kenyan, South Africa and Britain. These are countries with a similar colonial history as well as very closely related expansion in higher education.

Prof. Gicharu presented a paper entitled “Higher Education in Africa for the Public Good: the Kenyan case with special reference to Mount Kenya University” which addressed possible interventions in public good through higher education.

The workshop was funded by a project that aims at drawing the experiences and insights of higher education stakeholders in the different countries to shape the ideas emerging around higher education and the public good and to deepen the impact of the project within the countries context.

 The project has therefore been designed to create meaningful opportunities for knowledge exchange, where the input of stakeholders is maximized and the different lenses they bring to making meaning of higher education and the public good is integrated into the research. Their contribution in workshops was therefore regarded as vital to the contribution to the project.