n3The Head of French Section in MMUST Prof. Kazadi Muteba was on Thursday recognized by the French Government represented by French Ambassador His Excellency Remi Marechaux when he was awarded the Les Palmes Academiques Award. The Award courtesy of the French Government is in recognition of Prof Kazadi having done a lot to promote the French language and culture in Kenya, the Democratic Republic of Congo and elsewhere in the World. Prof. Kazadi was overwhelmed with joy and described the award as a surprise to him. “I was not waiting for the award. This is just a pleasant surprise. Merci beaucoup,” Prof Kazadi said. He noted that the award had motivated him more and promised to do more to ensure that MMUST programmes in the French language are of the highest possible quality. He asked colleagues and peers in the French discipline to do more to enhance French in other spheres of life.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) is also set to benefit more from the French Government through a joint partnership with the French Embassy in Kenya. Speaking at MMUST during opening of the MMUST French Resource Centre, the Ambassador of France H. E. Remi Marechaux noted that France was keen to partner with MMUST through joint collaborations for mutual benefit. “This will go towards making MMUST to be ranked among the top World class Universities,” Ambassodor Remi Marechaux noted.

French was introduced as a subject in MMUST more than five years ago and within a short span of time, it has steadily taken root in the Institution. According to the Chair, Department of Language and Literature Education, MMUST Ms Susan Choge MMUST has currently registered more than 500 undergraduate postgraduate students pursuing French courses in various disciplines which include courses at the Centre for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance, Journalism and Mass Communication and the Department of Language and Literature education among other departments. The University is set to launch a full department for French Language and Linguistics.

On a visit to the Biological Sciences Department where he met the Chair Dr Millicent Ndong’a and other faculty members in Biological Sciences led by Prof. Hassan Were, the Ambassador was taken through current researches that are being conducted by students, including research regarding the Yellow Mottle disease that is currently affecting rice production in Kenya. The students were encouraged to collaborate with others in the world.”You are welcomed to conduct your researches in France,” the Ambassador said. 

The French Embassy in Kenya has invited the MMUST Vice Chancellor Prof Fred Otieno to France in order to identify areas of interest with other Vice Chancellors who will be attending the French day in March 2016. 

The Ambassador was welcomed in MMUST by the Deputy Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joseph Rotich, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Student Affairs) Prof. Josephine Ngaira and other senior MMUST staff members. Secondary school students taking French in various schools in Kenya also attended the event.

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