Between 24th and 28th February 2020, the delegation from the University of Nairobi were hosted by the ParisTech schools . The visit was organised within the framework of the FACEA* project, which is financed by the ADESFA** programme of the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs.
The delegation from the University of Nairobi was hosted by the five ParisTech schools involved in the FACEA project – AgroParisTech, Chimie ParisTech, the École des Ponts ParisTech, the Institut d’Optique Graduate School and MINES ParisTech – following ParisTech’s trip to Kenya in July 2019.
The schools presented the French system of engineering qualifications and also had chance to showcase their specific areas of expertise. The members of the delegation were Prof. Rose Nyikal, Principal of the College of Agriculture and Veterinary Sciences, Prof. Ayub Njoroge Gitau, Dean of the School of Engineering in the College of Architecture and Engineering, Dr. Thomas Ochuku Mbuya, Head of the Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering in the College of Architecture and Engineering, Prof. Leonidah Kerubo, Dean of the School of Physical Sciences in the College of Biological and Physical Sciences, and Prof. Francis Mulaa, Head of the “Engineering and Science Complex” project. Given the differences between the French and Kenyan systems, it was only natural that lots of questions were asked. The presentations also looked at the research laboratories and their different structures and wide spectrum of research fields (energy, water, optics, chemistry, agronomy, environment, civil engineering, etc.). Many valuable discussions were held, on topics ranging from the organisation of teaching to the projects presented by the researchers.
As well as attending the presentations, the members of the delegation also visited the premises of the different schools, in particular the Co-innovation Lab and the GreenTech incubator at the École des Ponts ParisTech, and the Experimental Teaching Lab at the Institut d’Optique Graduate School. The representatives of the University of Nairobi also had the occasion to meet with two start-ups, LOMA and Energo, at the Chimie Paris Innov incubator run by Chimie ParisTech.
The visit was a fantastic learning opportunity for all involved. Discussions between the University of Nairobi and the ParisTech schools are set to continue with a view to launching a number of joint scientific and academic projects in the coming months.