The Vice Chancellor National Defence University-Kenya Lieutenant General Jonah Mwangi and his counterpart Commandant United Kingdom Defence Academy, Major General Andrew Roe on 10th January 2023, held a consultative meeting at International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Karen, Nairobi.
The aim of the meeting was to trade ideas in strengthening partnership in education and research in defence and security.
IPSTC is a constituent college of NDU-Kenya which is mandated with training of civilian, police, military and other sectors involved in leadership and conduct of operations in an increasing multi-faceted environment focusing on peace, security, crisis response and disaster management.
In his address, Lt Gen Mwangi appreciated the symbiotic relationship between KDF and UK-Defence more so that of NDU-Kenya and UK Academy. The Vice Chancellor pointed out that NDU-K is ready to collaborate and partner in education and research in the fields of defence, security, information communication technology, disaster management and healthcare as UK offers a niche in academic programmes that enhance mission readiness.
On the other hand, Lt General Mwangi lauded the necessary skills and competences gained during the benchmarking tour to UK that was an eye opener on exactly what the University needed, thus that has helped them to achieve much within the shortest time possible since its inception. He added that the NDU-Kenya is in the right trajectory to achieving its mission and vision.
“our visit to UK was an eye opener on what to do, we had a challenge to run in steady of crawling. That is why we have reached this far within a span of one year, “said the Vice Chancellor.
In addition, Vice Chancellor NDU-Kenya requested for joint partnership on training, programme on environment, validation programmes, joint programmes, research with practical market with solutions, workshops and symposium and seminars, deepened linkages, student supervisors, quality assurance, sharing of resources and information and governance and organisation. All geared towards strengthening the strategic partnership between the two militaries.
Commandant UK Defence Academy Maj General Andrew Roe echoed the privilege of working hand in hand with NDU-K on education and security programmes and assured UK’S continuous support as well as linkage with the best established military academies to learn from so as to aid and spearhead the quality of the best practises that may be adopted by NDU-Kenya.
The two leaders exchanged mementos as a sign of appreciation and thereafter the visitor planted a tree as a sign of conserving the environment before having a lecture of opportunity to Joint Command and Staff College course participants.