Wednesday, 16 June 2010
ECU hosted a visit with Kenya’s Assistant Minister for Livestock Development, the Honourable Aden Duale, on Friday, 11 June 2010.
The Minister met with ECU's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International), Professor Tony Watson and Pro-Vice-Chancellor, (Engagement, Equity and Indigenous), Professor Brenda Cherednichenko as well as Kenyan students Jay Vora, who is studying a Bachelor of Information Technology and Esther Nyambura who is studying a Master of International Business.
The purpose of the visit was to discuss the relationship between Kenya and ECU, particularly in the fields of agriculture and education, as well as give the Minister an opportunity to discuss university life with students Jay and Esther.
Professor Tony Watson said the meeting discussed the University’s important role in agricultural research.
“ECU’s cutting edge agricultural research, led by the School of Computer and Security Science, will benefit agricultural industries all over the world, including Kenya.”
The meeting was a great success, with the Honourable Aden Duale thanking ECU for their hospitality and acknowledging the important role education plays in facilitating relationships between nations.
“With more Kenyan students looking to study in Australia than ever before it is important to foster strong people to people links between Kenya and Australia,” said Minister Duale.
“Education is vital in ensuring the long term success and development of the Kenyan nation, and Africa in general, and we thank ECU for allowing Kenyan students access to a range of educational opportunities.”