Visit by team from the University of Southern California

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A group photo of the team from the University of Southern California, CHS Principal, Prof. James Machoki, UNITID Director, Dr. Dufton Mwaengo.

The University of Nairobi (UoN), College of Health Sciences (CHS) hosted a team from the University of Southern California (USC) on 9th July, 2019.

USC is one of the world’s leading and oldest private research universities in Los Angeles, California. Prof. James Machoki, the Principal, CHS held a meeting with the USC team led by Dr. Anthony Bailey to discuss possibility of a collaboration between the two institutions.

Dr. Bailey is the Dean of the USC Bovard College which supports individuals during key academic and career transitions through online and hybrid programs, including master’s degrees in high demand fields and the USC Bovard Scholars Program. In addition, Bailey serves as USC’s Vice President for Strategic and Global Initiatives.

Dr. Bailey was accompanied by Prof. Sofia Gruskin and Dr. Laura Ferguson. Prof. Gruskin directs the Institute on Inequalities in Global Health at the University of Southern California. She holds an appointment as professor of preventive medicine and serves as chief of the Policy and Global Health division at the Keck School of Medicine of USC Department of Preventive Medicine. Dr. Ferguson is an assistant Professor of preventive medicine at the University of Southern California and is the Director of the Program on Global Health & Human Rights at the USC Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She is also an associate editor for the journal Reproductive Health Matters.

In his remarks, Prof. Machoki informed the USC team that at the college, UNITID is a strategic institute with enhanced Level III Labs and it also hosts Office of Research and Grants Advancement  and Support (ORGAS) that was set up to extend the research agenda in CHS and university at large.

He informed them that ORGAS has managed a number of collaborations including MEPI and other UoN colleges are hoping to have a similar office established in their colleges.

He appreciated that fact that CHS has grown as they have partnered with a number of international partners.

The USC team said that they look forward to partnering with the College of Health Sciences, UoN on a couple of health research areas and that this will enable medical students from both institutions get exposure to the international arena early on and other skills sets will also be grown to build the research portfolio.

The two institutions agreed to work together and will soon formalize the collaboration for future engagement.