Participants of the National Multiplication Training at Kibabii University.

Kibabii University is one example that traveling to the peripheries can be a valuable endeavour and shall not be underestimated. The deputy director of the DAAD Nairobi office Margaret Kirai saw this confirmed last week when she participated in the DIES National Multiplication Training themed „Enhancing Change Project Management for Economic Sustainability in HEI in Kenya" during her visit at Kibabii University.

Kibabii University, whose precursor was the Kibabii teachers’ training college, received its charter as a university in 2015. Currently it has 7500 students that are enrolled in 50 different programmes. The vision of the university is to be a global and dynamic university of excellence in science, technology and innovation. Located in Bungoma close to the Kenyan border to Uganda, the young university offers students with a conducive learning environment with modern lecture halls and university buildings, an orderly library and spacious student halls of residence.

25 participants from ten different universities in the Western region of Kenya came to take part in the DIES National Multiplication Training. In three days, the group discussed project management, finance management, leadership and governance. The workshop will be followed by a second training that will build on these topics and will have a focus on the implementation of the Project Action Plan. The second workshop is scheduled to take place in June 2020 at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology. NMT supports DIES Alumni to organise and implement national training activities for higher education managers and academics who have not yet taken part in DIES trainings and they act as multiplicators.