Moi University, the second oldest university in Kenya, is the newest Vi affiliate member. Along with core member, the University of Nairobi, Moi is also the second institution representing the country in the Vi network.
Located in Eldoret, 300 km away from the capital Nairobi, Moi's aim is to preserve, create and disseminate knowledge through teaching and research, and work with the government and the private sector for the betterment of society.
The first contacts with the university were established in January, thanks to Willy-Marcel Ndayitwayeko, a Burundian academic who participated in a Vi professional development workshop October, 2011, and is now pursuing his PhD studies in Kenya. These contacts quickly led to the understanding that cooperation would be of interest to both parties.
The university offers a BA in economics, BSc and MSc in agricultural economics and resource management, as well as a PhD programme (with courses in agricultural trade, international economics and international commodity trade), in addition to programmes in business administration, and hospitality and tourism management. Research revolves mainly around agricultural trade in the East African region (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania) and covers aspects related to marketing, competitiveness and drivers of exports.
The Vi will cooperate with the School of Business and Economics where 12 academics are involved in "trade and development" issues. Mark Korir, Head of the Department of Economics, will coordinate the cooperation with the Vi. Holder of a PhD in agricultural economics and resource management, he is responsible for a graduate course on international commodity trade. His research touches upon various aspects of agricultural production and trade -- environmental sustainability, marketing, feasibility studies, market research, value chains, women enterprises, and food security. He will be assisted by his colleague, Chepchumba Chumo, who teaches undergraduate courses on agricultural trade and international economics while undertaking PhD studies in agricultural economics and resource management.
Moi is ready to share its experience with teaching and research of developing country trade, in particular case studies, and to host visiting lecturers or resource persons.
As the university intends to launch an MSc in international economics and trade, they hope that their cooperation with the Vi will support them in this regard. They are also interested in staff and student exchanges and the provision of teaching materials.
You will find more information about them in the profile on the Vi website.
We would like to welcome Moi University to the Vi network, and express our hopes for productive cooperation in the future.