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Academic Collaboration: Open University of Kenya and Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore


On February 28, 2024, the Vice Chancellor of the Open University of Kenya Prof. Elijah Omwenga, alongside the University management, welcomed Prof. Mario Molteni, Professor of Corporate Strategy at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan. Prof. Molteni also serves as the Rector's Delegate for Business Relations, CEO of E4Impact Foundation, and President of ALTIS Advisory. The meeting took place at the offices of the Open University of Kenya situated in KONZA Technopolis City.

During the meeting, representatives from both institutions reached several agreements. They decided to collaborate on various initiatives, notably the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Open University of Kenya and the Catholic University of Milan. Additionally, they agreed to co-host certain degree programs, including an MBA in Entrepreneurship. These collaborations aim to foster academic cooperation and enhance educational opportunities for students and staff from both institutions.

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The Open University of Kenya (OUK) is a virtual learning institution deeply committed to advancing education and driving socio-economic growth within Kenya and beyond. Access to higher education has remained a major challenge in Kenya and this has disadvantaged citizens who seek to improve their knowledge, upscale skills and for posterity. Experts have noted that increasing the number of educational institutions so as to match the rate of population growth is an extremely difficult if not impossible solution especially when financial and other resource constraints are considered. Open and Distance Learning approaches, coupled with innovative ICT solutions, have proofed viable alternatives to providing excellent education to millions of people located wherever and whenever by different life circumstances.