Kenya latest Vi core university memberIn the fastest application procedure in the history of the network, the University of Nairobi's School of Economics today became member number 23 of the Virtual Institute.

"We met with a very dynamic lecturer from the University of Nairobi at the trade and poverty workshop in Tanzania last month," said Vi's Chief Vlasta Macku. "Tabitha immediately began negotiations to admit her university into the network, and she got it all done in less than two weeks!"

The University of Nairobi's School of Economics began as the Department of Economics in 1960, and was converted to its current status in 2006, charged with teaching and research responsibilities. The School provides three undergraduate degrees and two postgraduate degrees, and plans to launch a Master in Multilateral Trading Systems, in association with the World Trade Organization.

"The current state of the economy demands a much stronger input from Economists through teaching, basic and applied research, consultancy, participation in National committees, corporate boards of directors and providing leadership in the community related activities. Economics will provide the best possible preparation of varied professional careers in an increasingly global economy," according to the school's mission statement.


The school's Vi member coordinator, Senior Lecturer Tabitha W. Kiriti-Nganga (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), teaches courses in international trade and economics, applied microeconomics, and poverty and development studies. Her research interests include gender and trade, foreign direct investment, and globalization challenges.


The school plans to use and localize Vi teaching materials, and to actively participate in professional development activities, as well as in joint research projects with other network members.


For more information, take a look at the university's profile in the University Members section.