vc2Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology has on Monday July 4, 2017 renewed her ten year partnership with Ball State University for five more years.The signing of the MOU was done at Golf hotel Kakamega between the MMUST Vice Chancellor professor Fredrick Otieno and the dean of teachers college at Ball State University, professor Jacobson.The MOU will focus on research in the line of health  particularly research on sickle cell anemia, supervision on of post graduate students, and in delivery of high quality  online and distance learning Speaking at the event, Dr Muchera, a lecturer at the Ball State University commended MMUST for buying into the vision of engaging in research. According to her, research informs practice.“Without research, any institution of higher learning has no differentiating factor from a high school.”MMUST Vice Chancellor Professor Fredrick Otieno said that the research on sickle cell anemia that will be conducted is a way to make MMUST stand out. “Research on sickle cell anemia is a niche area of research for MMUST and Ball State University.“  He assured support of the administration in the whole process. However, the VC challenged the school of education and that of arts and social sciences to help turn MMUST to an institution that influences policy making in the country.The VC encouraged research saying that teaching and research and inseparable. “You cannot be a good teacher if you are not a good researcher.”Dean of the school of education in MMUST Dr Judah Ndiku said there has been remarkable difference in the field of research since MMUST got in to a partnership with Ball State University ten years down the line. With the renewal of the MOU, MMUST as well as Ball State University will reap the benefits of more engagement in terms of offering better grounds for research, training colleagues on writing of grand proposals and aid in equipping the department of research.On his part, Dr Shivoga said the partnership has already born fruits for MMUST citing Dr  Catherine  Aura who is the head of the directorate of international associations and linkages (DIAL) as the perfect example of a product of Ball State University working in MMUST.  He  also expressed his joy in the fact MMUST  will in collaboration with the Ball State University be the pioneer institution in East and Central Africa  to conduct  research  on sickle cell Anemia as from the second  week of  July 2017.The research is aimed at creating awareness among members of the community while demystifying the notion that sickle cell anemia is witchcraft among other theories.Sickle cell anemia is a genetic disorder that does not affect carriers but a child born to parents who are both carriers is born with full blown sickle cell anemia which leads to early mortality.

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