Tuesday, 11 March 2014

CARTA JAS 1 Cohort 4 and JAS 4 Cohort 1 opened

CARTA has entered an historical phase in its programming by the hosting of the last Joint Advanced Seminar (JAS 4) for cohort 1.  The Vice Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, Prof. George Magoha opened the session.  Prof. Magoha was represented by Prof. Enos Njeru, Principal of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Nairobi, who read the official opening statement from Prof. Magoha.  See the attached. Present during the opening were the CARTA Director Dr. Alex Ezeh, CARTA Deputy Director, Prof. Sharon Fonn and CARTA staff led by the Program Manager, Ms. Mercy Machiya.

CARTA Fellows from cohort 1 and 4 gave their testimony to the usefulness of the program. Dr. Sunday Adedini, who graduated with a PhD December last year encouraged cohort 4 fellows to work hard and put a lot their time in their studies and also have a cordial working relationship with their supervisors.  Dr. Adedini gave a personal account of his experience as a CARTA fellow and observed that he has attained the objective of CARTA. He has done 6 publications from his work 5 of them have been published in reputable high impact journals.  The remaining paper is awaiting response from publishers. He further informed the fellows that he has met and made academic networks across Africa and indeed the world, having presented his works in gatherings all over the world.  He attributed all these achievements to the rich CARTA program.

Dr. Flavia Matovu represented Cohort 1 fellows. She thanked CARTA for the opportunity and pledged that fellows in cohort 1 will work hard to attain their objectives.  Cohort 1 fellows who first came to Nairobi for JAS 1 in March 2010 have returned for the last of the 4 planned Joint Advanced Seminars (JASes).  They will be in Nairobi for the next four weeks  starting March 10, 2014. JAS 4 will end on April 4, 2014.
JAS 4 session is jointly held together with JAS 1 for the newly recruited cohort 4 fellows.  There are 27 fellows in this cohort who will hold joint sessions with cohort 1 fellows.

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