Communique on Agreements Signed on March 14, 2019

Dr Marion Guillou, Chair of the Board of Directors – Prof. Peter Mbithi,UoN Vice-Chancellor sign MoU on Thursday March 14, 2019 at Jogoo House

Today, 14th March, 2019,
The two ministers of Education from Kenya and the French Republic have discussed the prospects of the French-Kenyan cooperation in the field of higher education and research, summed up in the roadmap on university, innovation, research and professional training partnerships signed yesterday at State House in the presence of H.E Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya, and Emmanuel Macron, President of the French Republic.

Both governments want to raise the ambition of that partnership, notably through the support to the initiatives of French and Kenyan universities aimed to

increase cross mobility of students and academics, to create dual degrees and to fund scientific and innovation projects tailored towards supporting

Government priorities and particularly, the Big 4 Agenda.


To achieve this France will mobilize all its financial instruments, through grants, expertise and loans. Both countries will examine the possibility of signing an

agreement on mutual recognition of studies and qualifications.


In the wake of the meeting, the following agreements have been signed:

1. Renewal, for five years, of the MoU for Scientific Cooperation between French Research Institutes in Kenya and the Ministry of Education, State

Department for University Education and Research

Signatories: Mr. Michel Eddi, CEO of the international cooperation center for agronomic research applied to development (CIRAD), Mr. Jean-Paul Moatti,

director general of the institute of research for development (IRD) and Mrs.Marie-Aude Fouéré, director of the French Institute for Research in Africa

(IFRA) on behalf of Mr. Antoine Petit, Director of the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) - HE Prof. Colette Suda, Principal Secretary for

Higher Education and Research.


2. MoU on exchange of students and staff between Agreenium (Paris) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT).

Signatories: Dr Marion Guillou, Chair of the Board of Directors – Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, Vice-Chancellor.


3. MoU on food security project for Western Kenya (cassava production) between Agreenium (Paris) and University of Nairobi.

Signatories: Dr Marion Guillou, Chair of the Board of Directors – Pr Peter Mbithi, Vice-Chancellor.


4. MoU on common research, initial and executive education and incubation in the fields of agribusiness and other sectors between Audencia Business

School (Nantes) and United States International University-Africa (Nairobi).

Signatories: M. Christophe Germain, Director – Prof. Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, Vice-Chancellor.


5. MOU on the mobility of students and staff between Ecole des Ponts et Chaussées and Business School (Paris) – Catholic University of

Eastern Africa (Nairobi). Signatories: Pr Alon Rozen, Dean – Prof. Stephen Mbugua Ngari, Vice-Chancellor.


6. MOU on dual degrees in Human and Social Sciences between Sciences Po (Paris) and Strathmore University (Nairobi).

Signatories: M. Frédéric Mion, Director – Prof. John Odhiambo, Vice- Chancellor.


7. MOU on common research, mobility of students and staff between Université de la Réunion and Kenyatta University (Nairobi).

Signatories: Prof. Frédéric Miranville, Vice-Chancellor – Prof. Paul Wainaina, Vice-Chancellor.


Other new academic partnerships between Kenyan and French Institutions include:

Rubika School of Talents and Digital Creation (Valenciennes), a leading French institution in the field of animation, gaming and interactive digital media, and Africa Digital Media Institute (Nairobi), signed an MoU with the French Agency for Development (AFD) on the CreaTech Animation and Game Lab project on 13th March, 2019 in Nairobi. This project includes a joint curriculum in animation and video game and support for the launch of economic activities (mentorship and incubator of projects) in the field of cultural and creative industries.


Advanced negotiations are underway for the Institut Universitaire de Technologie of Cachan- Université Paris Sud to sign soon two sets of agreements with, the Technical University of Kenya (TUK) and the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM) for student, faculty and staff exchange.


Further negotiations are underway to finalise an MoU with TUK on a dual degree program this year. With funds from the Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs (grant of 436,000 €), support will be provided, for two years from 2019, to actualise this partnership, in order to strengthen the capacities of TUK and TUM, in the fields of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, biomedical maintenance, marine renewable energies.


In biodiversity research, France will support the “Mikoko” project on the “conservation and resilience of mangrove forests in Kenya", in support to the

Kenya Forest Service, in partnership with CIRAD and IRD. Those two French institutes will implement a total grant of 877,000 euros provided by the French

Ministry of Europe and Foreign Affairs, over the next two years. 


Amb. (Dr.) Amina Mohamed, EGH,         CAV Mrs. Frédérique Vidal

Cabinet Secretary for Education             Minister for Higher Education,

Research and Innovation

KENYA                                                          FRANCE

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Thu, 2019-10-31 (All day)