The Vice Chancellor National Defence University- Kenya (NDU-K) on 25th April 23 hosted the Zambia Air force’s Centre for Advance Learning delegation in a benchmarking forum held at the International Peace Support Training Centre (IPSTC) in Karen, Nairobi. IPSTC is a college of NDU-K.
The daylong conversations provided a platform for sharing common ideas geared towards a deeper understanding of each institution’s, capabilities, operations and strategic goals that make the institutions and colleges successful in proffering actionable solutions to contemporary security challenges.
Additionally, it offered the delegation an opportunity to trade ideas in strengthening partnership in education and research in defence and security sector.
In his address, Lt Gen Mwangi acknowledged the longstanding cordial relationship between the Kenya Defence Force (KDF) and the Zambia National Defence Force (ZNDF), which has enabled continued exchange of students between the two forces at various levels.
The VC noted that the rapidly morphing global and national security dynamics have necessitated the reengineering of professional military education and training, to facilitate the corresponding capabilities and capacities.
“This particular study tour goes a long way in affirming that we are increasingly faced by common challenges which calls for seamless exchange of knowledge, experience and skills”, emphasized Lt. Gen Mwangi.
He also pointed out that NDU-K is ready to collaborate and partner in education and research in the fields of defence, intelligence, information communication technology, crisis and disaster management in addition to health to enhance mission readiness.
He further observed that the National Defence University-Kenya, its colleges and constituent college have created robust structures and capacity building initiatives to establish a critical mass of human capital to superintend the governance and management processes of the institutions to ensure quality in service delivery.
He underscored the main role of the NDU-K which is to proffer novel solutions to contemporary security issues in support of the aspirations espoused in the national Economic Blueprint, the Vision 2030.
The Head of Zambia’s Delegation Brigadier General Malama Bwalya reiterated the importance of working together with NDU-K on education and security programmes and affirmed his intended continuous partnership with KDF in research, faculty exchange, technical capabilities and programme development that will generate patriotic, passionate and responsible servant leaders.
The delegation exchanged mementos as a sign of appreciation and thereafter paid a visit to National Defence College (NDC) for a familiarisation tour.