n Wednesday, January 24, Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza led a USIU-Africa delegation to a meeting with H.E. Mr. Kwon Young Dae, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Kenya, at the Korean embassy in Nairobi, to explore a partnership between USIU-Africa and the embassy given its potential to effect positive change in society.

The agenda of the meeting was to create and foster strong collaborations with the embassy in the following areas: Faculty Development; Faculty and Student Exchanges; Development of STEM Disciplines; Student Recruitment; Establishment of a Research Park; Resources for Equipment and Infrastructure; and Unrestricted Funding for Development.

While both parties are poised to be enriched with knowledge on language and culture as a result of collaboration, USIU-Africa students would benefit by receiving scholarships, internships and placements based on linkages with the embassy, while our faculty would gain access to training programs offered by Korean agencies, and finally both parties would benefit from the language institute as well as research collaborations.

Accompanying Prof. Zeleza were Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono (DVC - Academic & Student Affairs), Mr. James Ogolla (Director of University Advancement) Dr. Paul Okanda (Director of ICT), Prof. Munyae Mulinge (Associate DVC – Academic Affairs), Prof. Njeri Wamae (Dean - School of Pharmacy & Health Sciences), Dr. Michael Kihara (Ag. Associate Dean ­ School of Humanities & Social Sciences), Dr. Elijah Munyi (Assistant Professor of International Relations), Dr. Naom Nyarigoti (Assistant Professor of Pharmacy), Ms. Carren Jumba and Ms. Joanne Alividza of the Office of Fundraising. 

One immediate benefit accruing from the meeting was the visit on Wednesday, January 31, by Handong Global University (HGU), which was facilitated by the Korean embassy.