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Vice-Chancellors, University Presidents, Deputy Vice-chancellors and Senior Advancement staff in Higher Education Institutions (HEI) from the East Africa region recently attended a three day University Advancement Programme organized by the African Association of Universities (AAU) in partnership with the Advancement Academy, Stellenbosch University and the University of Nairobi.

The workshop held at the Silver Springs Hotel Conference Centre between 15 – 17 April 2014, focused on:

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The School of Computing and Informatics C4DLab on March 6, 2014 admitted its first lot of start-ups for incubation. Selected from a total of 24 applications, the 10 incubatees will receive support through provision of resources and services which their companies do not have.

The C4DLab Call which ended on February 28, 2014 sought proposals which were multi-disciplinary in nature but had a computing element from the University and beyond.  

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Do research that is important not only to your region but is of international relevance - Prof. F. Perez, University of Antioquia

Prof. Fanor Perez, Vice-Rector (Research) at the University of Antioquia on Wednesday January 08, 2014 paid a courtesy call on Prof. L.W. Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Production & Extension).

Discussions during the meeting, which was also attended by Prof. W. Ogara, Director Centre for International Programmes and Links and Prof. Chege Mukuria (Dept of Biochemistry) were centered on research programs, how linkages with industry could enhance the impact of universities on  society and mechanisms for increasing institutional visibility  by motivating  researchers to publish both in local as well as international journals.

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The Centre for Research on Evaluation, Science and Technology (CREST) at Stellenbosch University in South Africa recently held a workshop on science granting councils in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The workshop which follows a series of meetings with key people at the respective funding councils, academies, universities or ministries in 17 selected counties over the past months provided a forum that allowed the delegates to interact and discuss the findings, trends and constraints, pertaining to research funding.

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The recently held 50th Graduation Ceremony saw the number of Doctor of Philosophy graduands rise from 20 in 2000 to 94 in 2013. This is the highest number of Ph.D. students that University has graduated in a given year.

Notably, over the years, the number of female Ph.D. graduands has also been on the increase.

The Institution aims at producing quality postgraduate students. In keeping with this vision, during a recent sensitization workshop hosted by the Board of Postgraduate Studies to discuss postgraduate matters, one of the key recommendations by the participants  to be passed to the University Manangement for approval is to have postgraduate students publish their work before they can be recommended to graduate. In addition, it was also recommended for the Institution to create fora such as open seminars targeting postgraduate students.

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