KESSA-AISA-Multimedia University host successful conference

http://www.mmu.ac.ke/index.php/more-links/item/323-mmu-hosts-ninth-kessa-interdisciplinary-conference

Over four hundred academic scholars and professionals across Africa converged at Multimedia University of Kenya for the ninth Kenya Scholars and Studies Association (KESSA) International Interdisciplinary Conference from June 23-25, 2016.
The three day conference themed “Rethinking Africa’s Development Paradigms” kicked off on Thursday, 23rd of June 2016, with a view of reassessing Africa’s development path and coming up with actionable solutions to the continent’s problems.
Speaking during the official opening of the conference, Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU) Vice Chancellor Amb. Prof. Festus Kaberia urged the Association to highlight the need for quality education as they discuss Africa’s development.
“Kenya continues to solidify its position as the higher education country of choice in East Africa and the increase in the number of universities and colleges is a testament to this. However, the issue of quality continues to mar this achievement and I hope this conference addresses the issue,” stated the VC.
He emphasized the need for universities to establish partnerships with corporate institutions in the industries they serve and to subject their courses to stakeholders input before mounting as a way to achieve the desired quality.
His words were echoed by his counterpart from the Catholic University of Eastern Africa Prof. Justus Mbae who lamented the ‘transformative graduate’ who fails to live up to his title when he joins leadership.
“Why are the ‘transformative leaders’ graduating from our universities failing to transforming the country? Why is there an ever widening gap between the rich and the poor in countries that were founded under the principle of Ubuntu which raises society above the individual?” questioned Prof. Mbae while presenting the Keynote Address.
He further urged the scholars to holistically view development so as to conduct research and contribute innovations that improve the quality of life of the citizens.
On his part, MMU Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academic Affairs, Research and Innovation Prof. Paul Mbatia underscored the need for application of the knowledge generated in universities.
“Universities in the world over are engaged in the generation and sharing of knowledge but we sometimes forget to apply it. Scholars should conduct research then preserve and apply the knowledge learnt,” said Prof. Mbatia.
Among the guests present were; Terver Akpar of Nigeria’s Benue State University; Lusungu Ndovi of Zambia’s Copper Belt University; Linda Piknerova of Czech Republic’s University of West Bohemia and Sikholiwe Dube of Zimbabawe’s Lupane State University.
The conference was convened by MMU’s Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Technology Prof. (Eng) Abel Mayaka and KESSA’s Prof. Maurice N. Amutabi.

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About African Interdisciplinary Studies Association Website

Prof. Maurice Nyamanga Amutabi is President of African Interdisciplinary Studies Association (AISA), a pioneer professional associaiton bringing together members from all disciplines in Africa and abroad. He is a former Fulbright Scholar who previously worked as Deputy Vice Chancellor at Kisii University and also Director of Research and Professor in Peace and Strategic Studies at the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA), 2010-2013. He has previously taught at Central Washington University, USA (2005-2010) in African Studies Programme and Moi University (1992-2000) in the Department of Development Studies and other public universities in Kenya. Prof. Amutabi holds a PhD from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA in History and African Studies. He received his B.A (Hons) in 1989 in Political Science and History and M.A in 1991 from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Maurice Amutabi is co-editor of Regime Change and Succession Politics in Africa: Five Decades of Misrule (with Shadrack Wanjala Nasong’o) – in 2013. Amutabi also co-edited Africa after Fifty Years: Retrospections and Reflections (with Toyin Falola and Sylvester Gundona) in 2012. Amutabi is the author of The NGO Factor in Africa: The Case of Arrested Development in Kenya (New York: Routledge, 2006). Amutabi is co-author of Nationalism and Democracy for People-Centered Development in Africa (Moi University Press, 2000). He has also co-authored Foundations of Adult Education in Africa (Cape Town/Hamburg: Pearson/UNESCO, 2005). He has written two novels, Because of Honor (a novel on Islam in Africa) and These Good People (a novel on corruption in Africa). Amutabi is also the author of Nakhamuma Stories (a collection of short stories from the Abaluyia community of western Kenya). His chapters have appeared in over thirty books. His articles have appeared in several refereed and reputable journals such as African Studies Review, African Contemporary Cultural Studies, Canadian Journal of African Studies, International Journal of Educational Development; and Jenda: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. Amutabi has made presentations at over one hundred national and international conferences. Amutabi is the Vice-President of the Kenya Studies and Scholars’ Association (KESSA), Kenya’s premier research and academic organization. He is the editor-in-chief of Kenya Studies Review and Eastern Africa Journal of Humanities and Sciences. Prof. Amutabi has conducted extensive research on many issues of development. He has taught courses on peace and conflict and gender and development. He teaches in the PhD and Masters Programme in the Institute of Peace and Security Studies at Kisii University. He enjoys blogging and writing and is an avid sports fan, but does not support any of team, preferring to support the team that plays well.
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