Above 29 and eyeing PhD? Not in Iran!
Technical University of Mombasa staff and students would soon fly for bachelor’s, masters and PhD degrees in Iran Universities as long as they are not above 22,26 and 29 years of age once a Memorandum of Understanding between the two sides is signed.
Last week, Islamic Republic of Iran’s Cultural Counsellor to Kenya Mahmoud Majlesain brought a strong indication of his country’s willingness and readiness to work with TUM on matters academic and cultural.
TUM Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Laila Abubakar, Deputy Vice Chancellors Prof Joseph Rasowo (AFP) and Eng Prof Raphael Mutuku, Registrars Dr Paul Njihia (Academic Affairs) and Dr Matata Kilungu (Administration and Planning) held length talks with Majlesain on Friday.
“We are seeking to have areas of collaboration between Technical University of Mombasa and universities in Iran. Once you are decided then I can link you with universities in Iran, as I link them with you too,” said Majlesain.
Laila who welcomed the move said Iran Universities could be instrumental in fostering skills especially in Engineering and Technical, Vocational Education Training.
“My visit to Iran in 2012, while I was still at the University of Nairobi, revealed to me that there is a lot our university can learn from there,” said Laila.
There was a humorous moment when Majlesain stated that there is absolutely no room for PhD candidates above age 29.
“We only have room for young people. Nobody beyond age 29 is allowed to pursue a PhD because we believe in separation of the young from the old in learning institutions,” said Majlesain.