The University of London has a long and proud history of working in Kenya and, over the years, we have collaborated with a number of organisations, including the African Prisons Project, which provides legal advice and training to those living and working in Kenya’s prisons.
Over 500 students are currently studying University of London programmes in Kenya, and we have well over 1,000 registered alumni – on programmes ranging from our very popular LLB to MSc Clinical Trials. However, for the past few years, there hasn’t been a University of London Recognised Teaching Centre to support our students in Kenya.
This all changed at the end of November when Dr Dimitrios Koufopoulos (Programme Director, Global MBA) and I made a lightning quick visit to Nairobi to participate in a number of activities to support the launch of the new Amity Global Institute campus in Nairobi. After Singapore, India and Mauritius, Kenya is now the fourth country in which the University of London is collaborating with the India-based Amity University. In Kenya, Amity will start by supporting the University of London’s Global MBA in a country with a booming economy and massive educational aspirations.
Day one saw Dr Aseem Chauhan, Amity’s Chairman and Chancellor, host over 70 prospective Global MBA students at their swanky new offices on the 20th floor of Kenya’s tallest building. After admiring the jaw-dropping views, Dimitrios and I spoke about the University of London and our Global MBA, and fielded dozens of questions from students – and some of our very impressive alumni – during the lively networking session that followed.
The following day saw the official launch of Amity Global Institute in Kenya, and of its approval as a University of London Recognised Teaching Centre. Dimitrios and I joined Dr Chauhan, Dr Moses Ikiara (CEO, Kenya Investment Authority) and Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary for Education, Dr Amina Mohamed, in presenting at a wonderfully high profile event at a nearby hotel.
Dimitrios and I addressed over 100 leaders from business, education, government and civil society, talking about the University’s exciting plans for Kenya, with Dimitrios leading a fascinating discussion on leadership challenges in the 21st century. Meeting with many of the delegates over dinner, it was hugely encouraging to hear so much enthusiasm and positivity for the establishment of a University of London Recognised Teaching Centre in Kenya.
That evening, after 46 enormously rewarding hours in Kenya, Dimitrios returned to Nairobi airport to be greeted with the slightly sobering news of a six-hour flight delay! I remained in Nairobi for a third day of further meetings. Amity have very ambitious plans for Kenya and, once our Global MBA is up and running at their Nairobi campus in early 2019, they plan to apply to the University to support other undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Exciting times for the University of London in Kenya – watch this space!
- Alex Boughton is Head of Business Development, University of London Worldwide.