Yale president eyes Kenya’s brightest minds in visit


Yale University president Peter Salovey (left), the university’s director for Africa Edde Mandhry (centre) and Yale assistant professor, Department of Emergency Medicine, Christine Ngaruiya during a press briefing at the Capitol Club in Nairobi on March 14, 2018. PHOTO | DIANA NGILA | NMG

The Yale University President Peter Salovey on Wednesday kicked off his Kenya visit that is partly targeted at attracting more of Kenya’s brightest minds to the prestigious Ivy League Institution.

The visit is also aimed at forging new partnerships with Kenya’s research and academic institutions.

The three-day visit will involve signing study partnerships with research institutions that include the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), the National Museums of Kenya, The Kenyan Agricultural Research Organization (Kalro), the Mara Conservancy and Africa Academy of Science.

Partnerships with research institutions will have a bias on science and health.

Mr Salovey’s is on a seven-day Africa trip that will take him to Ghana.

“Our efforts in Africa are geared towards providing opportunities for the continent’s brightest minds and forging partnerships with institutions that are in line with our line of work. We cannot afford to ignore Africa, a continent that hosts 12 out of the 20 fastest growing economies in the world,” said Mr Salovey, the 23rd president and the first to make an official visit to Kenya.

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Kenya leads Africa in annual student admissions to Yale University, where Central Bank of Kenya Governor Patrick Njoroge graduated with a PhD in economics.

Yale records indicate that 24 Kenyan students were admitted to study at the prestigious institution last year, ahead of Nigeria’s 23, Zimbabwe (18), Ghana (17) and South Africa (16).