China’s Fudan University Visits Daystar University
A team from Fudan University in China visited Daystar University on Thursday May 2, 2019 to explore opportunities for collaboration.
Representing Daystar University was the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Bernard Boyo and the Dean School of Communication Prof. Levi Obonyo. Also present was the HoD Strategic and Organizational Communication (STOC) Dr. Kinya Mwithia, HoD Media and Film Studies (MFS) Dr. Wambui Wamunyu, the PA to the DVC Academic and Coordinator of Collaborative Programmes Ms. Patricia Wambua, and the Public Relations Officer Ms. Jean Murungi, representing the Corporate Affairs Department.
According to the Dean School of Journalism, Prof. Zhan Quin, the aim of the visit was to meet and start friendship with Daystar University. The proposed areas of collaboration include Joint research; Faculty and student exchange; financial assistance to Daystar students interested in studying Chinese for postgraduate study; and Cohosting symposiums and seminars.
The Dean School of Communication Prof. Levi Obonyo told the delegation that Daystar had the largest School of Communication in the region and confirmed that Daystar also collaborated with universities in the USA, South Korea and South Africa. Prof. Obonyo also revealed that Daystar University’s School of Communication had great interest in China, stating that the School has co-hosted a conference with Communication University of China (CUC) and undertaken a project with CUC which has been presented to the Chinese government for funding.
Prof. Obonyo noted that there was heavy presence of Chinese media in Africa and specifically Kenya. He invited Fudan to explore with Daystar how constructive journalism can contribute to the relationship between China and Africa.
The Acting Vice-Chancellor Prof. Bernard Boyo said he was excited with the prospect of a partnership between Daystar and Fudan University, and suggested that the two universities constitute a team to come up with a document to formalize the partnership. The MOU will be signed in China’s Shanghai Province between September and October this year.
Fudan University is slightly over 100 years old and has a population of 35,000 students, with nearly 2,500 faculty. The University has strong undergraduate and graduate programmes and equally a strong research tradition. Just like Daystar, Fudan University evolved from the Department of Journalism.