Post Graduate Diploma in Immigration Studies Launched

The University of Nairobi, Department of Population Studies in collaboration with the State Department of Immigration and Citizen Services and the Better Migration Management Program (BMM) has launched a Post Graduate Diploma in Migration Studies. The launch took place at the Vice-Chancellors Parlour, Main Campus on May 6, 2019.

Maj Gen (rtd) Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa , Permanent Secretary, State Department of Immigration and Citizen Services, observed that global migration is no longer safe, orderly and comes with major security challenges. He said that security challenges have risen up from the Middle East, Iraq, Syria, Mexican border. “There is an increase in human traffic and falsification of documents. Conflicts, governance, economic factors and environmental factors have contributed to some immigration issues. This is the reason we have students from across the region to enrich your studies,” he said.

He took the opportunity to wish the first cohort of students well in their studies. He challenged them to acquire knowledge that will be key in resolving plethora of immigration challenges facing the county. “We need to see you churning quality papers”, he said. Dr. Kihalangwa challenged students to publish widely and generate new knowledge that will be helpful in dealing with immigration challenges.

University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi pointed out that the University is at the forefront in producing human capital with skills on immigration issues. “This course is developed by practitioners for practitioners. Lecturers will be drawn from diverse fields and students will be exposed to study tours and lab sessions during their studies, “he said.

Prof. Melissa Siegel from Maastricht University, Netherlands, one of the collaborating universities on immigration studies, noted that they have done lots of work on immigration having worked with several governments over the years.

The first cohort of 25 students are from Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Somalia. The program has support from GIZ, British Council, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, European Union, German Cooperation among others.

The University of Nairobi, Department of Population Studies in conjunction with the State Department of Immigration and Citizen Services has launched a Post Graduate Diploma in Migration Studies. The launch took place at the Vice-Chancellors Parlour, Main Campus on May 6, 2019.

Maj Gen (rtd) Dr. Gordon Kihalangwa , Permanent Secretary, State Department of Immigration and Citizen Services, observed that global migration is no longer safe, orderly and comes with major security challenges. He said that security challenges have risen up from the Middle East, Iraq, Syria, Mexican border. “There is an increase in human traffic and falsification of documents. Conflicts have contributed to some immigration issues. This is the reason we have students from across the region to enrich your studies,” he said.

He took the opportunity to wish the first cohort of students well in their studies. He challenged them to acquire knowledge that will be key in resolving plethora of immigration challenges facing the county. “We need to see you churning out papers”, he said. Dr. Kihalangwa challenged students to publish widely and generate new knowledge that will be helpful in dealing with immigration challenges.

University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi pointed out that the University is at the forefront in producing human capital with skills on immigration issues. “This course is developed by practitioners for practitioners. Lecturers are from diverse fields and students will be exposed to study tours and lab sessions during their studies, “he said.

Prof. Melissa Siegel from Maastricht University, one of the collaborating universities on immigration studies, noted that they have done lots of work on immigration having worked with several governments over the years.

The program has a total of 25 students from Kenya, Uganda, Sudan and Somalia. The program has support from GIZ, British Council, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, European Union, German Cooperation among others.

Expiry Date: 
Fri, 2020-05-29 (All day)