The Vice Chancellor Professor Isaac Kosgey, accompanied by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Finance) Professor Tarus attended the CABLES@EA2018 conference in Zanzibar that took place from 25th November to 2nd December, 2018. CERM-ESA has broadened its focus to include teaching and learning as well as community engagement. It is this wider vision which initiated the CABLES project. The CERM-ESA Capacity Building Programme for Lecturers and Supervisors (CABLES), is designed to support academics participating in DAAD funded Centres of African Excellence throughout Africa. CABLES aims at supporting the work already being done at the African-German Centres of Excellence in terms of teaching and research supervision. The target audience is lecturers and supervisors who contribute to the success of the African-German Centres of Excellence and who carry a substantial teaching and supervision load. The First offering that targeted lecturers and supervisors in the Southern African Centres was offered at Nelson Mandela University, South Africa.
This second offering of CABLES targeted Centres of Excellence in East Africa, namely the Tanzanian-German Centre of Excellence for Law in University of Dar es Salaam, the Kenyan-German Centre of Excellence for Mining, Environmental Engineering and Resource Management at Taita Taveta University College, the Centre of Excellence for ICT in East Africa in Arusha, Tanzania and the East African partners of CERM-ESA, namely Moi University, the Uganda Management Institute in Kampala and the University of Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. The third offering of CABLES will be offered early next year in West Africa.
During the opening of the conference, the Vice Chancellor interacted with the CERM-ESA project leaders from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and South Africa, the coordinators, and lectures and supervisors from the various Centres in East Africa. In his speech, the Vice Chancellor cited the challenges faced by University in terms of student supervision and completion rates. He urged the lecturers and supervisors to focus on any meaningful progress to these challenges. Moi University appreciates the DAAD’s support to the various networks. Therefore, it is focused on capacity building programmes for all academic disciplines in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.