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Members of the German Bundestag (MdBs) get informed about the work of the DAAD in Kenya

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From November 12 to November 20, 2022, a delegation of the Parliamentary Group on Eastern Africa of the German Bundestag, led by the Chairperson, Kordula Schulz-Asche (Bündnis 90/Die Grünen), visited schools, universities, and projects in Kenya. The visit focused on international exchange and the partnership between Germany and Kenya. We are pleased that the members of parliament Manfred Todtenhausen (FDP), Erwin Rüddel (CDU/CSU), Steffen Janich (AfD), and Cornelia Möhring (DIE LINKE) also sought talks with DAAD funding recipients, alumni and partners in Kenya.

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During a breakfast, DAAD alumni, partners, and scholarship holders had the opportunity to exchange views with the parliamentarian and discuss German-Kenyan relations. The focus was on global issues such as health and climate change, education and training, refugees, and migration.

A few students reported on their educational paths and plans, including scholarship holders such as Rashid Mwaguni Mgute (“Garissa” programme for the follow-up master’s scholarship funded by the DAAD Foundation), Deng Bulis (from South Sudan at Mount Kenya University, funded in the In-Country/In-Region programme), and Ana Maria Okot (master’s student in Kenya at the USIU) reported on their educational paths and plans. Project partner of the Global Center for Climate Research at the University of Nairobi, Professor Daniel Olago, Dr. Kellen Kiambati, Head of the International Cooperation Office at Karatina University and DAAD-DIES Alumna as well as Professor Richard Oduor, Coordinator of the DAAD In-Country/In-Region Programme at Kenyatta University highlighted the importance of project funding for international cooperation.

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Dr. Ezekiel Mecha, an alumnus from the University of Nairobi who has been addressing and raising awareness on endometriosis and has been appointed the Society’s only ambassador on the African continent, is an excellent example of German-Kenyan cooperation in such a cross-border field.

DAAD Nairobi would like to thank everyone who came for the lively and engaging conversation and the Members of Parliament for paying attention and their interest.

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