CESAAM (EGERTON UNIVERSITY) – CREATES (NELSON MANDELA AFRICAN INSTITUTE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY) COLLABORATES TO ENHANCE SUSTAINABLE AGRICULTURE, EXCELLENCE IN AGRICULTURAL RESEARCH AND TEACHING
The African Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Agriculture and Agribusiness Management – CESAAM and Africa Centre of Excellence for Research, Agricultural advancement, Teaching Excellence and Sustainability (CREATES) have developed a working relationship to enhance Sustainable Agriculture, Excellence in Agricultural Research and increased Quality of Teaching. This collaboration comes in the wake of a clear desire to have ACEs collaborate in capacity building, research collaboration and joint proposal writings. A memorandum of understanding is currently being worked on to enable structured relationship between the centres. CESAAM and CREATES intend to collaborate in (among others) the following key areas.
- Regional Short Courses Development and Mounting
From 25th to 27th April, 2018, CESAAM hosted CREATES, private and public sector partners from the region to take part in a Regional Short Courses Development Workshop. This saw a total of 8 courses developed and with over 64 participants taking part. Among those attending were 20 private and public sector partners, 8 partners from CREATES, 30 CESAAM Faculty and 6 CESAAM-Sponsored students taking part. These courses (1. Business Plan Development, 2. Agribusiness Value Chain Development, 3. Cow Signals, 4. Conservation Agriculture, 5. Apiculture, 7. Post-harvest Handling and 8. Dairy Cattle Production and Feed Formulation) will then be mounted all over the region from May 2018.
- Tri-partite MBA in Agribusiness Program
CESAAM and Creates are currently exploring a tripartite MBA in Agribusiness programme, as part of a partnership between Egerton University, Zheijiang University and NM-AIST. It is proposed that the students would take a semester at CESAAM to take a few courses in agribusiness acceptable by Zheijiang, then proceed for second semester at Nelson Mandela (CREATES) also for a semester take a few courses there; also acceptable to Zheijiang, and finally proceed to Zheijiang University to complete their third semester by taking specialization courses, do project research at Alibaba, finalize internship at Alibaba and graduate at Zheijiang with MBA in Agribusiness.
- Student and staff exchange programs
CESAAM and CREATES proposed to have frequent staff (faculty and program staffs) and students for exchange program. This exchange will involve teaching, joint conferences and activities that seek to build capacity in agriculture. CREATES has since proposed a learning and exchange visit of CESAAM Secretariat Staff to Arusha Tanzania in May 2018. This visit will also have selected CESAAM Faculty engage in joint proposal writing exercise with CREATES Faculty.
Collaboration between ACEs is an encouraged activity by African Governments and the World Bank. As a way of ensuring these ties strengthen, CESAAM and CREATES will take lead roles in ensuring intense collaboration between relevant ACE-II centres.