Kenyatta University training seminar

After the first meeting in Tanzania, WE AfriHug team headed to Kenya, in Nairobi with the aim to conduct the second Training Seminar at Kenyatta University.

After a long journey by bus, the team was lucky to face on of biggest surpirses until this moment. The ambassador of WE AfriHug in Kenya, Lina Mkoji returned to Kenya unexpectedly in order to welcome, host and guid the restof theWEAfriHug team. Lina graduated in 2010 from Kenyatta University, having studied Hospitality and Tourism. Currently, she is studying Tourism Management under the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees. Moreover, she is the Eastern Africa Regional Coordinator for the Erasmus Mundus Association.

She organized the Training Seminar with the Department of Hospitality and Tourism bringing also together other Kenyans who have been beneficiaries of Erasmus Mundus.

On the 16th of January 2018, WE AfriHug team met Dr. Esther Kagure, Kenyatta University Chairman in the department of Tourism Management. She warmly welcomed the team, showing them around the infrastructure, the different departmets of the University and all the services . Afterwards, together with the team, they arranged the last details for the Training Seminar for the next day.

On 17th of January 2018, almost 400 Students and Academic Staff attended the Training Seminar.The session was opened by Dr. Kagura who introduced the Dean of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Dr. Alice Ondigi, followed by the Registrar Academic Mr. Mutegi Mukobwa, Professor Vincent Onywera – Registrar RIO, and Professor John Okumu – DVC Academic.

So as to welcome the visitors, the University has arranged a traditional dancing welcome session with students from the Department of Arts.

The team presented to the audience the WE AfriHug project explaining its aims and objectives. Afterwards, Erasmus+ programme was presented to the students so as to get to know the opportunities offered to them through this programme. Then, Lina Mkoji and Konstantinos started the presentation of the Erasmus Mundus Association and the Joint Master Degrees offered. Sharing their personal experiences, they inspired and motivated the students to participate and take this opportunity. They explained to the students how to apply, suggesting tips on how to make their application more competitive and how to gain a scholarship.

The whole meeting was attended by Ms. Beatrice Hongo, representative of the EU Delegation in Kenya, who kindly offered her support to the University for the organization of the Training Seminar.

After the Training Seminar, a second meeting was arranged only with the Board of the University, so as to discuss further collaborations with European Universities. This meeting was also attended by Mr. Andy Barnard, First Counsellor of the European Union Delegation to the Republic of Kenya and Mrs. Elisabeth Magnes, Political Officer of the EU Delegation. WE AfriHug project was presented to the Representatives of the EU Delegation in Kenya in order to raise their awareness about the activities and the objectives of the project.