On Sunday the delegation from Kenyatta University, formed by Prof. Paul Okemo, Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. Stephen Nyaga, Academic Registrar, and Dr. Maina Mwangi, Director of Grant Writing, arrived in Barcelona. The goal of their visit is to get to know the Catalan university system, especially the functioning and management of doctoral education and supervision.
The first two days of the study visit we dedicated to get to know the Inter-University Council of Catalonia as well as four universities that form part of the Catalan Association of Public Universities. On Monday morning, Claudi Alzina, the Secretary of Universities at the Government of the Generalitat de Catalunya received the Kenyan delegation, introducing the Catalan university system and giving and broad overview of the current situation of higher education in general and doctoral education specifically here in Catalonia. Right after this introductory meeting, a team from the Doctoral School of the Universitat de Barcelona (UB) received us to explain their work in a beautiful modernist surrounding. After lunch we took the train outside Barcelona to visit the green campus of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB) and learn more about their Graduate School as well as the Fundació Autònoma Solidària (FAS).
Yesterday both the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF) and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), even though the university was celebrating elections for the rector, received the delegation, explaining in detail their doctoral programmes.
All the visits have served to start establishing first contacts between Kenyatta University and these Catalan universities who, until the moment, have not been working together. Mostly in the areas of health sciences, engineering and economics Kenyatta University is very interested and establish cooperations in order to enhance the number of PhDs in this knowledge areas at their institution.