In an attempt to expand and enhance benchmarking strategy, a delegation of three senior members of MKU staff visited 3 Universities in the USA between March 28th and 8th April 2015. The delegation, made up of the Director, Quality Assurance, Linkages and Partnerships, Prof. Peter Wanderi, who served as the Team Leader, the Director, Research and Innovation, Dr. Francis Muregi, and the Library Advisor, Mr. John Murage, visited University of Cincinnati ( UC), Northern Kentucky University (NKU) and Xavier University ( XU). The delegation was guided in their visit by the MKU Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Wulsin (who is a Professor in pediatrics at University of Cincinnati) and Dr. Peter Gitau of Northern Kentucky University. The key areas visited at the 3 Universities included Business Schools, Faculties of Education, Informatics, Sports Management and Kinesiology, Engineering and Libraries. Amongst the distinguished University personalities met during the delegations numerous meetings included, the President of NKU, Geoffrey S. Means and the Provost Sue Ottrowlands,Hema Krishna,Professor of Strategy & Global Business, at XU, and numerous other scholars at the 3 Universities .
The delegation was also hosted to several meetings by Kenyans at Cincinnati who expressed a need to collectively and individually support and work with MKU. More specifically, the Kenyans at Cincinnati promised to send their children to MKU for studies abroad programs.
Following this visit, arrangements are at an advanced stage of hiring a galaxy of adjunct professors from USA and elsewhere by MKU as a quality assurance strategy. Additionally NKU promised an automatic tuition waiver for all MKU students who join them on exchange programs while some professors and administrators will be involved in exchange programs with immediate effect. The delegation was also introduced by Dr. Peter Gitau to some Cincinnati business men who have an interest in travelling to Kenya, and African Region in general to pitch their businesses and promised to work with MKU as their strategic knowledge partner in Africa.