To celebrate 30 years of fruitful and beneficial collaboration between Moi University and Linköping University, Moi University Main Campus played host to a symposium under the theme”30 Years of Mutual Growth: Getting the basics right” at the CERM-ESA Auditorium Hall on Monday, 8 April 2019. The 30th Anniversary Ceremony was graced by H.E Carl Fredrik Graf, the Governor Ostergotland County in Sweden; a delegation from Linköping University led by LiU University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Helen Dannetun, and Moi University Vice Chancellor Prof. Isaac .S .Kosgey. Others eminent persons present were the top crème members within the Administration of Moi University, Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital and the County Government of Uasin Gishu.
The Moi-LiU collaboration started in 1989 when Kenya’s Ministry of Health wanted to start a medicine programme at Moi University. The pedagogy was to be the very latest , so Moi University turned to Linköping university which had receive acclamation worldwide with its new pedagogical model; Problem Based Learning.
Addressing the audience, Moi University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Isaac. S .Kosgey acknowledged the delegation from Linköping involved in 30th Anniversary jamboree and thanked the key icons involved in the metamorphosis of the collaboration from strength to strength. “I wish to convey my heartiest appreciation to all those who have shaped the trajectory of this collaboration positively for a span of 30 years”. He said. Highlighting some of the achievement of the collaboration, the Vice Chancellor said student and staff from duo universities have learnt a lot, courtesy of exchange programs, via putting their theoretical knowledge in different contexts which would have been a mirage without the collaboration.
Speaking, the Vice-Chancellor termed the celebration of 30 years as a sign of remarkable “marriage “between the two universities and looked forward to more years of collaboration. “We look forward to maintaining this collaboration and extending it to new areas in future”. He said.
The chief guest, H.E Carl Fredrik Graf, on his remarks wished the collaboration the best. “I know the collaboration between Moi University and Linköping University can grow for more than thirty years”. He was optimistic that Kenya and Sweden will continue to have fruitful exchanges and promised to support initiatives bent on improving the health status quo in the country.
On her part, the Vice-Chancellor Linköping University, Prof. Helen Dannetun, lauded the warm reception that exchange program student from Linköping university receive in Eldoret, courtesy of Moi University. She said the collaboration provided an amazing opportunity for students from LiU to put to test their theoretical knowledge in a new environment exposing them to a new hive of knowledge from different diversities. She exhibited courage that students from LiU have benefitted from the collaboration and called for expansion on areas of collaboration. “It is my profound hope that this collaboration will grow exponentially to the benefit of us”. She said.
Speaking during the event, the founding father of the collaboration, Prof. Haroun Mengech said that the collaboration was very instrumental in helping the then College of Health Sciences develop a new curriculum and in bolstering C.H.S very own Comprehensive Community Based Learning.
In the spirit of celebration, the two Vice Chancellors signed a Memorandum of Understanding on new areas of collaboration and to cap it all, the guests were hosted for a grand gala dinner at 64 Resort within the environs of Eldoret Town under the auspice of Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital.