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MKU, KU Referral Hospital sign training pact

Mount Kenya University Vice-Chancellor Prof Deogratius Jaganyi and Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital Chief Executive Ahmed Dagane exchange documents after the signing a Memorandum of Understanding.

Mount Kenya University medical students will now access training facilities at the Kenyatta University Teaching Research and Referral Hospital (KUTRRH) following the signing of a partnership between the two institutions.

In the collaboration signed by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Deogratius Jaganyi and KUTRRH Chief Executive Ahmed Dagane at least 42 MKU medical sciences students have already been placed for clinical attachments.

Speaking during the singing of the memorandum of understanding, Prof Jaganyi said the collaboration was a indicator that local institutions can work together to achieve their goals.

"We usually make mistakes by traveling to foreign countries to look for collaboration, yet the best collaborator is just next door," said the VC who was accompanied by Prof Peter Wanderi in charge of Training and Linkages.

Prof Jaganyi added that the University has already been collaborating with the referral hospital in cancer research and other medical fields.

"Let us get the best out of this partnership because we believe KUTRRH has cutting edge facilities that our medical students will use to train" he said.

Noting that MKU so far has a student population of over 60,000 across the globe, Jaganyi said this offers the basis for more collaboration with KUTRRH and even other institutions in the African region and beyond.

He commented Prof Wanderi and his team for tirelessly working towards achieving the training partnership with the referral hospital.

Dagane on his part said some of the key areas earmarked for strengthening through the MoU are training, capacity building and internships for health workers and students in both institutions. 

He noted that the pact with MKU was in line with the level 6 referral hospital's mandate as a training facility for medical students from across the country.

"Other key areas of partnership include access to specialized care at KUTRRH for MKU staff, collaboration in research and innovation promotion of engagement for sustainable development goals among others," said the CEO.

Prof Wanderi said MKU which is a pioneer private university offering medical sciences faculty has established linkages with Germany and Austria among other foreign countries for training of nurses.

The MKU training pact with KUTRRH which is renewable after every three years takes effect immediately.

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