How can Kenya and Germany collaborate best in the fields of research, innovation and education?
As Germany intends to strengthen research partnerships between the country and Sub-Saharan Africa, seven members of the German Bundestag (Federal Parliament) travelled to Nairobi in July to get an impression of the Kenyan higher education landscape and meet with partners of German universities.
The delegation visited DAAD partners such as Strathmore University, the International Center of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE) and the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in Kenya. These partners receive DAAD scholarships for Masters and PhD courses through the In-Country/In-Region Programmes.
At ICIPE, the MP’s discussed issues around sustainability of funding for education, research and innovation; partnerships with the German private sector; the role of artificial intelligence in research and innovation as well as brain drain of African scholars following their studies.
The highlight of the visit was a networking event at the DAAD Office in Nairobi. Besides meeting DAAD alumni, current scholars and partners, they got introduced to the work of the DAAD Regional Office for East Africa.
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