Strengthening University Partnerships and Collaborations in Kenya: Strategies for Sustainability
Mwangi, Minae I.
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Globally, university partnerships and collaborations have been identified as key pillars of the tripartite roles of universities namely; Academics, Research, and Civic Engagement. In Africa, there is intensified effort to strengthen university partnerships with the governments, industry and communities for greater impact to socio-economic development. The role of university partnerships is considered a vital driver of not only research and innovation but also capacity development as well as internationalization. In this paper, multiple case analysis approach was used to explore the strategies being employed by universities in Kenya with a view of teasing out lessons for advancing partnerships and collaborations in universities in Africa. The two main objectives of the study were; to find out the strategies employed by universities in advancing partnerships and (ii) to establish challenges affecting university partnerships in Kenya. Random sampling was used to identify public and private universities for the study in order to establish the objective position across the higher education landscape. Both qualitative and quantitative data was collected. The respondents of the study were purposively selected due to the unique nature of the study. Among various initiatives, the paper highlights some distinctive projects, initiated courtesy of university partnerships in the 21st century. The paper highlights developing partnership policies, creating monitoring systems and capacity building as key ingredients for enhancing resilient and sustainable partnerships and collaborations.