Kenya To Partner With UK Defence Academy In Education And Research

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The Vice-Chancellor National Defence University-Kenya Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi and his counterpart, the Commandant United Kingdom Defence Academy, Major General Andrew Roe, on 10th January 2023, held a consultative meeting at International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Karen, Nairobi.

The meeting aimed to exchange trade ideas in strengthening partnerships in education and research in defence and security.

IPSTC is a constituent college of NDU-Kenya, which is mandated with the training of civilian, police, military and other sectors involved in leadership and conduct of operations in an increasingly multi-faceted environment focusing on peace, security, crisis response and disaster management.

In his address, Lt Gen Mwangi appreciated the symbiotic relationship between KDF and UK-Defence, more so that of NDU-Kenya and UK Academy. The Vice-Chancellor pointed out that NDU-K is ready to collaborate and partner in education and research in the fields of defence, security, information communication technology, disaster management and healthcare, as the UK offers a niche in academic programmes that enhance mission readiness.

Lt. General Mwangi lauded the necessary skills and competencies gained during the benchmarking tour to the UK, which was an eye-opener on precisely what the University needed. Thus that has helped them to achieve much within the shortest time possible since its inception. He added that NDU-Kenya is on the right trajectory to fulfilling its mission and vision.

"Our visit to the UK was an eye opener on what to do; we had the challenge to run in steady of crawling. That is why we have reached this far within a span of one year, "said Lt. General Mwangi.

In addition, Vice Chancellor NDU-Kenya requested joint partnership on training, environment, validation programmes, joint programmes, research with the practical market with solutions, workshops and symposiums and seminars, deepened linkages, student supervisors, quality assurance, sharing of resources and information and governance and organization.

Commandant UK Defence Academy Maj General Andrew Roe echoed the privilege of working hand in hand with NDU-K on education and security programmes and assured UK'S continuous support, as well as linkage with the best established military academies to learn from to aid and spearhead the quality of the best, practises NDU-Kenya may adopt that.

The two leaders exchanged mementoes as a sign of appreciation. After that, the visitor planted a tree to conserve the environment before giving a lecture of opportunity to Joint Command and Staff College course participants.

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