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A major oil company, Total,  will donate scholarships, facilitate student and staff exchange and offer internships to the University of Nairobi (UoN) as part of its programme to support education and research.  This was revealed by the head of Total, Paris, France, and Ms. Varescon Florence when she paid a courtesy at UoN where she was received by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (A&F) Prof. Peter Mbithi who was the acting Vice-Chancellor.

According to Ms Florence, the objective of the Total scholarship program is to develop education through university-industry collaboration, student’s exchange, and development of educational facilities.  These are part of the company’s corporate social responsibility that is consistent with their business objectives.

The partnership between Total and UoN will provide opportunities for students and staff to network with colleagues from other countries in France.  Total has already built networks in Africa starting with the University of Witwatersrand in South Africa and is now starting new relations with universities in Kenya and Sierra Leone.
A major part of this support is internships to UoN students with the possibility of recruiting some on permanent basis. Total has over 16000 outlets worldwide with Africa leading with 33 percent.
Prof. Mbithi who chaired the meeting welcomed the link and reiterated UoN’s keenness to collaborate, and increase networks with industry and other like minded organizations. He added that the new development will not only increase available opportunities for staff and students, but will also be internationalizing the University through opportunities accorded to staff and students.  It was agreed that a Memorandum of Understanding be signed soon to formalize this engagement.
Ms. Florence was accompanied by Alexis Vovk, Managing Director, Total Kenya and other senior officials.  UoN team present included Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor designate, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Henry Mutoro, Principal, College of Education and External Studies, Dr. Christopher Nyamai Chairman, Department of Geology, and Prof. Simeon Mitema, Director, Centre for International Programmes and Links. The team also toured some UoN’s facilities.

Anonymous wrote:

Wed, 2011-05-25 10:50

this is amazing,, the students though shd keep their eyes open for such opportunities and the staff be more vocal on the same. All in all,, wonderful news.

Anonymous wrote:

Thu, 2011-04-28 09:51

#good stuff

Anonymous wrote:

Fri, 2011-04-22 11:44

which colleges will benefit through this partnership

Anonymous wrote:

Wed, 2011-04-13 10:42

This is great news to us particularly parents like us, who look up to the University of Nairobi for quality programs and support

We encourage Prof Mitema to keep expanding these linkages.

Thanks and regards.

Tobias Kichari

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