The Directorate of Resource Mobilization and Strategic Initiatives was formed to steer, co-ordinate and consolidate the University of Eldoret (UoE) resource mobilization efforts. Resource mobilization at UoE is everyone’s responsibility especially the university administration, Deans of Schools and Heads of Departments. During the last financial year ended June 2016, considerable progress was made by the Directorate of Resource Mobilization and Strategic Initiatives as evidenced by activities/ actions undertaken. In terms of funds committed/ received or yet to be received, the total project portfolio of the University (based on all reports received from various implementation units) stood at about KShs.357, 955,000.
Through a series of communications and negotiations by the Directorate, the University concluded an MoU with University of Missouri (MU), USA which was signed on Friday, September 16th, 2016. This will see the UoE School of Engineering gain support from the MU. The University of Missouri is a public land-grant research university located in Columbia, Missouri, U.S. It was founded in 1839 as the first public institution of higher education west of the Mississippi River. As the largest university in the State, it enrolled 32,777 students in 2016, offering over 300 degree programs in 19 academic colleges in the 2014–2015 school year. It is a flagship campus among which are other campuses in Rolla, Kansas City, and St. Louis. The potential benefits of the collaboration with UoE are: cutting edge training and research in various fields, strength in experiential learning, supporting our capacity building through training of Master Level faculty to PhD, faculty and student exchange and mentorship.
We also recognize and appreciate support and collaborations received from the following partners: RUFORUM, Lilongwe University Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANR), University Kwazulu Natal (UKZN), University of Amsterdam (UVA), University of Missouri USA, Netherlands Development Organization (SNV), Economic Projects Trust Fund (EPTF), Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Australian Development Cooperation (STRECAFISH project), USAID (Aquafish Innovation Lab Project), (EDULINK II) Action (EDULINK Project), Philanthropist Dr. Manu Chandaria, Nandi County and Uasin Gishu County.
Finally, the Directorate is working continuously to identify potential collaborators and friends of the university. We are currently working with the School of Education to develop a proposal for UNESCO Category II Centre at UoE in conjunction with Kenya National Commission for UNESCO office in Nairobi.
Prof. James Ole Kiyapi
Ph.D (Toronto), B.Sc (Moi), CBS
Director, Resource Mobilization and Strategic Initiatives