What is the Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership Project?
The Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership is a joint project of Kenyatta University and Syracuse University aimed at improving the quality of secondary school teaching and education in Kenya through expanding and enhancing teacher preparation and professional development. The partnership is focused on building the capacity of the education system through secondary pre-service teacher training and mentoring of new and practicing teachers for continuous professional growth.
Program Duration and Budget
March 2011 – June 2013
Who implements the Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership Project?
American Council on Education - Office of Higher Education for Development
Where does the Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership Project work?
What does the Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership Project do?
The Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership builds sustainable human and institutional capacity in teacher education, academics and research through faculty exchange or scholar exchange in which a large number of faculty members from one partner University are taken to the other for extended periods of time (usually two to six months). The scholar exchange helps to improve capacity development through engaging faculty members in training activities to build their technological and research skills.
How is the Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership Project making a difference?
Through the partnership, eleven scholar exchanges from the Kenyatta University to Syracuse University and eight scholar exchanges from the Syracuse University to Kenyatta University have been completed. These exchanges enabled faculty members to visit secondary schools, observe their classes, make use of library research databases and attend national professional conferences in the United States.
The Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership Project has conducted eleven workshops on the integration of technology in the teaching and learning systems.
A total of 59 individuals from Kenyatta University have received short-term training and have attended workshops on the use of technology to improve learning outcomes for students with visual impairments. Two faculty members have also undertaken intensive coursework in research methods. The faculty members received mentoring and Certificates of Advanced Study from the Syracuse University.
What key challenges does the Kenyatta University-Syracuse University Partnership Project face?
Poor internet access on campus inhibits the building of technology capacity in the Department of Educational Communication and Technology. Faculty members do not have many opportunities to practice the skills acquired in the workshops.
For more information:
Dr. Teshome Alemneh, PHD
Program Officer, Africa
Higher Education for Development (HED)
Tel: +254 20 243 7684
Dr. T. Wambui Gathenya, AOR
Education and Youth Office
Tel: +254 20 862 2268
Updated March 2013
Last updated: June 12, 2013