Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) became the Vi's 136th member today.

The fourth Kenyan institution to join the Vi network, MMUST was established as a constituent college of Vi affiliate member, Moi University, in December 2002. It was later elevated to university status through an Act of Parliament December 30, 2006. MMUST aims to provide university education, training and research through integrating sciences, technology and innovation into various programmes. Its 12 schools offer 47 PhDs, 39 Master’s and 7 graduate diplomas. The university also offers 74 undergraduate,11 diplomas and 22 certificate programmes.

MMUST aims to contribute to sustainable and equitable scientific, socio-economic and technological development in Kenya and beyond.

The university offers courses and has particular expertise in the following topics: African economic development; economics of microfinance; economics of human capital; legal systems and methods; money and banking; agricultural economics; agricultural marketing; economics of industry; the world food economy; advanced macroeconomic theory; economics of development; economic policy analysis; public finance and fiscal policy; development planning, agricultural development policy analysis; monetary theory and policy; energy economics; and technology and modern industrial society.

Consolata Ngala, lecturer at the School of Business and Economics and chairperson of the Department of Economics, will serve as Vi member coordinator. Ngala holds a PhD in sustainable development and a Master's in Economics. Her recent research includes papers on microfinance and retail markets. Other colleagues involved in the coordination of Vi activities include Umulkher Ali Abdillahi, John ByaruhangaPatrick Boniface Ojera, Charles Yugi TibbsBenedict Ondiek Alala and Robert Egessa.

As part of its collaboration with the Vi, MMUST would like to exchange information and academic resources; participate/conduct activities such as collaborative research and joint symposia, as well as teacher and lecturer exchanges.

Among other things, the university hopes to benefit from Vi capacity-building activities and increased access to up-to-date data on trade and development, as well as reports, journals and other online research materials.

For more information, visit the university profile on the Vi website.