Interview to Olive Mugenda, Vice-Chancellor of Kenyatta University

Olive Mugenda “African governments have realised the benefits of research for the economic development of their countries”

On 31 October, Olive Mugenda, president of Kenyatta University in Nairobi (Kenya), took part in the Doctoral Education and E-Supervision workshop.

Since 2006, Mugenda has been at the helm of one of Kenya’s leading universities at a time of extensive expansion and growth. She is the first woman president of a state university in East Africa and a member of The Talloires Network, an international network of universities working for social commitment.

Read the interview


Workshop on e-supervision of doctoral students in Barcelona

30 October 2013

UOC, KU, ACUP and the International Association of Universities (IAU) are co-organizing a one-day Workshop on e-supervision of doctoral students.

Since 2011 the ACUP and the IAU are joining forces in the area of doctoral education, bringing together two projects: Project on Innovative Approaches to Doctoral Education in Africa, led by IAU and the African-Spanish Higher Education Management Platform, led by ACUP. One of the main outcomes of this collaboration is the development of the joint IDEA platform ( on innovative approaches to doctoral education.

The above mentioned projects led to the identification of supervision of doctoral students as one of the key challenges African higher education institutions are facing. In the recently initiated PLE-PhD project, as you have been able to follow in this blog, the UOC, KU and the ACUP are looking into how digital technologies, more specifically the web 2.0 tools, can respond to this challenge.

The Workshop will allow the participants to study this subject in greater depth. It is open to anyone interested to participate and free of charge.

See you in Barcelona!

The PLE-PhD project is launched

The Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC), Kenyatta University and the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP) would like to welcome you to the PLEDS-project, and kindly encourage you to actively take part in this project with your knowledge and experience.

The PLE-PhD project will allow us to experiment, within an international context, the use of ICT for learning at PhD level, and how these technological tools can help us to raise research visibility and improve the processes of research supervision.

On this site, we will be providing all the relevant information about the project and its partners, related news that will be happening, advances in our testing, together with documentation and information of interest about Personal Learning Environments.

Let us take this opportunity to make a call to the international community involved in Doctoral Education to actively participate in this blog with comments and contributing whatever information, experience and knowledge that can make this project even more enriching for us all.

Welcome and keep in touch…