Technical University of Mombasa’s initiative to establish a School of Medicine has received a major boost following the signing of a pact with the Government Chemist.
The Memorandum of Understanding between the two public institutions which is the latest underscores the need for collaboration in training, research and industrial attachment.
Coast region’s Principal Chemist George Oguda led his delegation in brokering the deal with Acting Vice Chancellor Prof Laila Abubakar’s side at the varsity’s conference hall with the administration block.
“We are, as a management, in full support of this cooperation. We would even wish to go an extra mile and carry out joint research intitaties for the benefit of both of us,” said Prof Laila.
Present were: Academic, Research and Extension Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof Raphael Mutuku, Applied and Health Sciences dean Prof Josiah Odalo, Institute of Research, Innovation and Extension director Prof Saeed Mwaguni.
Oguda who was flanked by Deputy Principal Chemist Anthony Kombo and Technologists Juma Mwabwagi and Omar Mwidadi said collaborations were the main thing in enhancing competence in training.
“Entering into such partnerships is the only way to enhance training as it exposes the parties to reaping complementary benefits as a result,” said Oguda.
Prof Odalo who described the MoU as a marriage, said the deal has hands-on experience as the main benefit to staff and students from either side.
“This marks the beginning of mutual beneficial relationship that will both of us reaping benefits from the state-of-the-art facilities we own,” said Prof Odalo.