Education Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i and Commission Chairman Prof. Chacha Nyaigotti- Chacha at the Commission offices

The situation is replicated in sub-Saharan Africa which has resulted the post-graduate studies to be characterized by part-time studying with most learners juggling with work and family commitments hence impacting negatively on the students’ productivity.

As a consequence, to attain the overall goal of graduate studies contribute to the advancement of basic and applied knowledge, “significant human and financial investment is required through various initiates”.

The African standing in research 

“Africa contributes minimally to global research outputs contributing to about 2% of the global share of publications and almost negligible amounts of patents, “reminded the Chair. It is there a challenge as leading heads of academia and we need to contribute to 1 million PhDs in order to compare favourably with other continents.

Way forward

To tackle the inherent the myriad challenges we first need to mentor young researchers by way of enhancing capacity for supervision and establishing and professional cordial relations with the students. “All masters and PhD supervisors should undertake training in supervision and be mentored by seasoned supervisor,” recommended the Chair 

Noting the need for doctoral training to meet the increasing needs of employment market that not just pegged on academia, Prof. Chacha noted there is need to provide leadership in their institutions by preparing students in wider matter of research management and leadership to expose them to the demands of careers beyond the classroom and laboratory.

Further the Chairman recommended that “all doctoral students should undertake coursework and research leading to submission of thesis or dissertation that contributes to the existing body of knowledge. The candidates should also publish two or more journals in a peer-reviewed journals before graduation”.

To complement regional efforts made by such as the Inter-University Council for Eastern for Eastern Africa of harmonizing standards and guidelines for post graduate training in East Africa region, “universities in Kenya should put mechanisms and policies to ensure quality coursework; project and research; supervision; examination; assessment and publications”. 

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The Vice-Chancellor, The University of Nairobi Prof. Peter Mbithi with Prof. James Kombo of Daystar University, the Chairman of the Audit team at the Council Chambers during the university quality audit exercise in February 2017 

The forum was organized jointly by the University of Nairobi and Advanced Research Training in Africa (CARTA) and brought together Vice-Chancellors and heads of research partner institutions of CARTA across Africa on a wider spectrum and models of research funding in continent.

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