From October 13-15, 2021 Jeanick Brisswalter, President of the University of Côte d'Azur and Marie-Pierre Ballarin, Vice-President Southern Politics, went to Nairobi, Kenya to sign a cooperation agreement with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. This new collaboration enables the University of Côte d’Azur to co-build sustainable relations with kenyan partners in English-speaking East Africa.
On October 13, 2021 in Nairobi, Jeanick Brisswalter President of University of Côte d’Azur (UCA) signed the cooperation agreement developed with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA). This cooperation initiated by IRD is a step further in consolidating the pre-existing collaboration between the three institutions. The agreement aims to strengthen student and professorial mobility as part of the Master in Migration Studies, from the Ecole Universitaire de Recherche ‘Sciences de la Société et de l’Environnement’ of UCA.
Earlier that day, the UCA delegation, accompanied by Mathieu Guérin, Scientific and University Cooperation Attaché for the French embassy, went to the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) in order to discuss partnerships and mobility possibilities in fields related to of experimental biology and cancerous pathologies. During this official visit, Jeanick Brisswalter met with his Kenyan counterpart, Prof. Kiama, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Nairobi, along with representatives of the faculties of Mathematics, Engineering Sciences and Computer Sciences, in order to develop new institutional alliances. For a few years now, the faculty of Mathematics has been collaborating with the CIMPA (Centre International de Mathématiques Pures et Appliquées), whose headquarters are located at UCA. Following-up this meeting, it was decided that a visit of the University of Nairobi in Nice, France will take place in Spring 2022.
The UCA delegation also visited the headquarters of the National Museums of Kenya (NMK), who are partnering with IRD since 2006. During this guided tour by Dominique Dumet, IRD representative in Kenya, Dr. Mzalendo, Director of the NMK has reaffirmed his wish to reinforce the pre-existing relationship between both institutions (in social sciences: archaeology, history of the Kenyan coast) and to explore new avenues in environmental sciences, paleo-archaeology and underwater archaeology.
Later the President of UCA went to the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), with which IRD has been collaborating for a long time, and met with departments representatives to exchange on the 'One Health' topic, animal health, and human and environmental health.
The visit of the UCA delegation to Kenya concluded with a visit of the Lycée français Denis Diderot in Nairobi and a student forum organized by Campus France in East Africa. On this occasion, the President and the Vice-President Southern Politics had the opportunity to discuss with the educational staff and future students.