MOI UNIVERSITY MANAGEMENT MAKES A COURTESY CALL TO NCIA
The Moi University Management Board led by Prof. Isaac Sanga Kosgey, Ph.D., MBS recently paid a courtesy call to NCIA to discuss areas of possible collaboration between the Center and the university. The Registrar began the meeting by introducing the NCIA team and the various departments represented including Business development, Case administration and Corporate Support Services. He informed the visitors that in the year 2020, the Centre was ranked among the top 5 arbitral institutions in the continent and ranked as the best arbitral institution in the continent in the year 2022 by an international body observing that the Centre’s efforts were being recognized by others globally. He went ahead and introduced the management team starting with the Business Development Manager, who highlighted the activities in corporate strategy, capacity building and communication and marketing units.
Prof. Kosgey gave a brief overview of Moi university noting that the university had 5 campuses namely the Main Campus, Eldoret Town campus, Nairobi Campus, and Coast Campus. The Eldoret Town campus hosts the College of Health Sciences and School of Law, School of Tourism, Hospitality and Events Management, School of Business and Economics and has a total of 30,000 students and a staff compliment of 3,000 with 918 comprising of the teaching staff.
He noted that the university is involved in teaching research, outreach, and consultancy. The running call of the university he added, is to engage with industry to ensure best fit between the skills possessed by the students that they churn out in
the market and the industry. This is done through partnerships locally, regionally, and internationally, currently with more than 100 partnerships across the globe. He added that the university continues to forge gainful partnerships with the industry as they will help identify market gaps that the University should fill through competent training to meet the market demand. According to the professor, university priorities have shifted from just educating and training to giving skills to students. He appealed to industry including NCIA to collaborate with universities and identify niche areas where training institutions of higher learning should identify and focus on skills development relevant to the market.
He observed that he became aware of the Centre when his wife attended a mediation training organized by the Centre in Naivasha and being a researcher, someone had recommended the NCIA journal to him for reference. This led him to develop more interest in the Centre leading to him visiting our website to learn more, and it was at that point that he realized that there were areas of partnership between the Centre and the University that could be explored.
He noted that some of the nonfinancial partnerships that can be considered include value addition to students graduating in public administration, law student, public administration, political science etc. graduate from the university, there was need to add value to them by forging partnerships with the industry. He observed that management of the university need adequate knowledge and training in arbitration which provides an opportunity for further collaboration.
Dr. Bernard Malakwen the Director of the Nairobi campus noted that the campus housed the school of business, information sciences, school of arts and social sciences, school of public health and tourism. He noted that in the school of
information sciences, they teach conflict management an area he identified as being an area of possible collaboration. He noted that the instate in Nairobi can be the linkage between the main campus and the Centre in developing the partnership. He noted that there were 1500 students at the main campus with a teaching staff compliment of 87. He observed that the collaboration would create an opportunity to market the Nairobi campus and take advantage of the wide catchment area provided by the city of Nairobi and its environs.
The Dean of the school of Law Dr. John Wamwara observed that the future of dispute resolution will not be found in courts through litigation, but in alternative means of dispute resolution including mediation and arbitration. He observed that this being the case, lawyers should be required to study for a diploma in arbitration upon graduation as this is what the future portends.
The Deputy Vice Chancellor- academics Prof. Isaac Kimengi noted that there was competition in society because of scarcity of resources which has led to conflicts. He noted that as an institution, the focus is on building a better society where there is order. He observed that the collaboration should ensure that the country gets ready to meet the needs of the job market by building their capacities and preparing them for the world of work through placement opportunities. He observed that universities are created by society, to serve the society, and being part of the society, the Centre and the university should collaborate to produce a product that meets the needs of the market.
The Registrar observed that there was already an existing channel of collaboration including the moots, accreditation programmes, including accrediting NCIA programmes to degree level through partnership with academic institutions. He further observed that the is an opportunity for collaboration in thought leadership noting that the Center relies on researchers and academic institutions to develop the ADR field. He noted that the Centre had proposed an ADR policy currently at the cabinet level which has an aspect of education curriculum to be developed in partnership with institutions where ADR and gender will commence at lower levels of learning. (The policy has since been approved by cabinet). He observed that with scarce resources, there was an opportunity for sharing facilities since the Centre cannot establish branches across the country. He further observed that the Centre has networks that can be used to facilitate thought leadership programmes that can be tapped for their expertise including collaboration with other universities globally. On research, he observed that the partnership can identify research projects to ensure that students can commence carrying out research while still at the university.