Meeting with President Mary Ellen Mazey and Kefa Otiso (far right) were Kisii University visitors Anakalo Shitandi (left) and Herman Kiriama.
BGSU HOSTS KENYAN UNIVERSITY PARTNERS
Although Kisii University in Kenya and BGSU are far apart geographically, they have many things in common, said Dr. Kefa Otiso, Professor of Service Excellence in the School of Earth, Environment and Society. Both began as teacher training colleges in somewhat rural areas, and both enroll many first-generation college students for whom affordability and accessibility are important factors.
Otiso has twice visited Kisii as a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellow, beginning a relationship with BGSU that promises to be fruitful.
Visitors from Kisii came to BGSU May 14-17 to explore more shared possibilities and potential collaborations as outlined in the two universities’ memorandum of understanding, signed in August 2015 as a result of Otiso’s fellowship that summer. Already there have been several achievements resulting from the MOU, from collaborative research to other grant applications.
During their visit, Professors Anakalo Shitandi, registrar of research and extension, and Herman Kiriama, deputy registrar of research and extension, and BGSU administrators, faculty and staff from across campus discussed further cooperative research and educational programs and the possibility of administrative and faculty exchanges between the two universities.