The University has developed partnerships with institutions and industries to enhance research and innovation, exchange and outreach programmes, scholarship, curriculum development, infrastructural development and general service to staff and students.

The table below shows the institutions that the University has signed MoUs with, the area of focus and the achievements to date for the FY 2018/19:

Name of Institution Areas of focus Achievements
Africa Library Project, USA Corporate social responsibility through mobilizing book drives for primary schools in Migori and Homa Bay Counties. 64,000 books donated to 40 Primary schools, 23 Secondary schools and one community libraries

Application for the second consignment of books received and submitted to ALP

We are sourcing for a new partner following the withdrawal of Project Humanity (withdrawal of services in Kenya) to facilitate shipment and clearing of new consignment of donated books.

Kibabii University has expressed interest to partner with us and we are currently developing an MoU with them.

This collaboration has led to increased marketing of the University programmes and enhanced corporate social responsibility of the University

University of Nairobi and USAID and Migori County Government-Department of Health Strengthening health systems, research and technical assistance. Students internship after the successful hackathon program. Specific deliverables: MoH training inventory system (100% complete) and patient referral system (90% complete)

Joint development of County Health Informatics research problems that are currently under investigations.

Sensitization of MoH on the upcoming eLearning platform conducted.

Joint reviews of annual work plans with the Migori County conducted

Participated in the national stakeholder’s consultative review and validation meetings for national research for health (R4H) policy and priorities draft document

ToT trainings successfully completed at Kabianga University.

HealthIT and proximate universities conducted 1 week training for MoH on eLearning for HIS systems successfully at MMUST.

Three students are currently interns at Migori hospital. Orientation meeting conducted on 28th June, 2019 by HealthIT technical staff.

The USAID contract with UoN is ending in September but request for renewal was submitted.

This collaboration has created internship opportunities for our students. It has also led to development of systems for improved health care to the community

Nottingham Trent University, UK Brings together USIU, Mount Kenya University and Strathmore University to establish a regional PhD capacity building and supervision Hub. A meeting to agreed on terms of reference and implementation issues conducted.

Preparation of a joint proposal to be submitted to the Agritech Catalyst Round 8: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation Fund is ongoing. Target grant amount: 200,000 British Pounds for 3 years.

This collaboration has strengthened the University position in bidding for funding for research

University of Brighton, UK Research on media and community development Received Media lab equipment for establishing community radio.

Developed material on HIV and AIDs for dissemination through community radio and youth empowerment.

Received book donation

Students and staff exchange conducted

Received funding to the tune of 99,800 British Pounds from Arts and Humanities Research Council of UK to produce and disseminate documentaries on child labour and child marriage in Migori County.

Due diligence and ethical compliance conducted in preparation to launch a project funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council – UK

This collaboration has created opportunity for staff and student exchange programme and thus enhanced the quality of education. It will also lead to development of a radio station which will help in training of students and marketing of the University programmes and research activities

Wuhan Textile University (WTU), China Textile technology and ICT Research and scholarship.

Exchange Programmes.

A lecturer was sponsored by WTU to undertake three (3) months training and research in 3D CAD/CAM at WTU.

2 staff have been trained at masters level at WTU.

1 staff is currently on scholarship at WTU for Master of Engineering in Software Engineering

Mulberry and silkworm rearing ongoing.

5 scholarship at masters level for the year 2019 has been announced and applications received and submitted to WTU: One (1) MSc Degree in Textile Engineering; two (2) MSc in Software Engineering, two (2) MSc in Electronics and Communication Engineering

This collaboration has led to development of the University staff capacity through training and exchange programmes

The McKnight Foundation, USA Research Received grant of USD 450,000 to undertake research on utilization of sorghum for food and nutrition security for smallholder famers for a period of 3 years. The following activities have been undertaken:

Farmers trained on best agronomic practices and sensitized to enhance their knowledge on sorghum value chain

Seed multiplication undertaken in Migori, Homa Bay, Kisumu, Vihiga, Siaya, Tharaka Nithi, Kitui and Machakos Counties.

6 Scholarships awarded to postgraduate students

Diversification of diets through utilization of sorghum among children aged below 5 is ongoing in Matayos, Busia County and will be replicated in Migori County.

Poultry interventions for improved nutrition is ongoing

Breeding for disease resistant and drought tolerant sorghum varieties is ongoing in Kibos, Kisumu County

This collaboration has led to development of sorghum varieties that are tolerant to drough and disease resistant. Farmers have been trained and encouraged to grow and consume sorghum to improve their nutrition. Several research papers have been published.

National Research Fund, Kenya Research Received research fund to:

Establish soil analysis laboratory, funding to the tune of Ksh. 23 million received.

Activities: Tender has been awarded and equipment to be received within July 2019

Conduct research on postharvest handling, funding to the tune of Ksh. 16 million received.

Activities:

Baseline Survey Conducted in three sub counties namely: – Keiyo North, Keiyo South and Marakwet West.

Strengthening of institutional and human capacity through training of women and youths at the incubation centre.

Development of Cottage-level agro-processing of composite prototype, recipes formulated and the products tested.

Establishing and strengthening of partnership by signing MoU between Rongo University and University of Eldoret.

2 PhD Research projects funded at about Ksh. 2.8 million

The research is ongoing but has been delayed by late disbursement of the balance of funds.

This collaboration has increased the University research output in terms of development of appropriate technologies for small holder farmers

National Crime Research Center Research in media, democracy, peace and security Journal of Crime and Violence has been established

Published an eBook on EA Peace Journalism

Crime and violence training undertaken at the Kenya School of Government

Some of the University academic staff are members of the editorial board of the journal

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization- UNESCO Community Radio for Agricultural Education and Extension RU selected for the establishment of UNESCO Chair on Community Radio for Agricultural Education

UNESCO and Rongo University signed a memorandum of understanding

A radio frequency obtained – 88.3 FM

Procurement process to engage a qualified and experienced broadcast engineer to undertake renovation works at premises set aside for a radio station within the School of INFOCOMS is ongoing.

A brochure containing highlights of the Chair has already been developed with support from the Aga Khan University.

A brief profile of the Chair is already mounted on the Kenya National Commission for UNESCO’s official website and RU website.

The UNESCO Chair steering Committee has been established

UNESCO Chair Network in Kenya has been established. Rongo University chairs the Network.

RU will use the Logo of UNESCO in seeking for research and development grants. The Community Radio will provide education and extension services to farmers and community. The UNESCO Chair Network will jointly develop proposals for funding.

Laikipia University Peace, security and democracy Annual Students Human Rights Workshop held in Naivasha

It will promote protection and awareness of human rights

Seeding labs, USA Donation of capital Molecular Biology and Biotechnology equipment RU submitted a proposal to seeding labs towards equipment donation of capital equipment in Biological Sciences

RU was selected as the beneficiary for the year 2019

RU completed and returned to seeding labs an introductory survey for sourcing for equipment from donors. This included photographs, videos and filled questionnaires from students and staff in the biological sciences highlighting our laboratory needs

RU completed a comprehensive equipment needs list and returned to seeding labs highlighting priority equipment

RU completed and returned a signed letter of agreement between Rongo University and Seeding labs

Agreed on a target schedule giving timelines of activities until the equipment are shipped to Rongo University

The announcement of the award was done and the list is available on Seeding Labs website and Rongo University website.

Seeding Labs currently sourcing for the equipment from donors

RU to select equipment by end of July 2019

Some equipment have been reserved for RU.

Rongo University window for selecting equipment from the seeding labs inventory will be opening later July 2019.

The RU Procurement Officer is in the process of identifying a customs and clearance agent for the shipment.

We shall learn from experiences of Moi University and Kirinyaga University who are about to receive their shipment.

It will bring equipment worth Ksh. 100 million which will support training and research

Nyatike NG-Constituency Development Fund Committee and Nyatike Community Development Initiative Construction of ODeL Centre at Macalder in Nyatike Sub-County Funds for the construction of two (2) blocks of four (4) lecture rooms have been allocated and awaiting completion of the acquisition of relevant approvals and documents for the Macalder land

Once the tuition blocks have been constructed the University will establish an ODeL Centre at Macalder

Wilfrid Laurier University-Laurier Centre for Sustainable Food Systems – Canada Promoting best agro-ecology practices through a community radio platform Preparing a joint proposal to be submitted to the Social Science and Humanities Research Council – SSHRC Canada. Target grant amount: 75,000 Canadian Dollars.

This collaboration has strengthened the University position in bidding for funding for research

The Centre for Health Services Studies at the University of Kent – UK. Research Submitted a joint research proposal to the Global Challenges Research Fund for 200,000 British Pounds in June, 2019

This collaboration has strengthened the University position in bidding for funding for research