Indonesian Ambassador for Kenya Talks about Kenyan Education System and Collaboration Opportunities

IPB University’s Directorate for International Program has held the 63rd e-IPB Talk on Complexity and Sustainability Sciences which invited Dr Mohamad Hery Saripudin, the Indonesian Ambassador for Kenya (on the 21st of March). The discussed theme was “Higher Education System in Kenya and Opportunities for Collaboration”.

In his welcoming speech as IPB University’s Rector, Prof Arif Satria explains that one of the countries with significant economic growth in Africa is Kenya. It is estimated that Kenya will, in the future, become one of the world’s strength in economy. Africa is focusing on global mobility as a global organization to seek new opportunities. Higher education institutions play a big role in the creation of new breakthroughs, collaborations, research, and innovations which have grown rapidly with the registered 12 million students in Africa.

Prof Arif expressed his gratefulness towards Dr Mohamad Hery for the continuous initiation of collaborations between Nairobi, Kenya, as well as other African countries with IPB University and hopes that the partnership will continue strongly and that more research in sustainability will be conducted.

Dr Mohamad Hery mentioned that even though Kenya is considered a lower middle-income country, its exports in agriculture has thrived as the backbone of Kenya’s economy. Kenya has even been determined as one of the destination countries for research of the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) and World Agroforestry (ICRAF).

The educational system in Kenya has followed the 8-4-4 pattern since 1985. This means that for the first 8 years, primary education is compulsory, followed by four years of secondary education, and four more years of higher education. In 2017, Kenya applied the competence-based curriculum which is quite different from the traditional education pattern as it changes the system from teacher-centered to learner-centered in its effort to empower their students.

In its development, the education system in Kenya was not separable from the role of its founding father, Jomo Kenyatta, and the political influence in his era. The current educational development in Kenya includes expansions of universities to collaborate with foreign universities with the same major or ideology. This comes as an opportunity for Indonesia to embark on partnerships with universities in Kenya.

The trend of educational development in Kenya has been so significant that the government established the 8-year primary education to be compulsory for students. There have been many students from Kenya who have undergone student exchanges through collaborations with education institutions in the United States, Canada and even China and India.

Several universities in Kenya have specializations in agriculture, which is the main concern for IPB University. Three campuses have portfolios similar to IPB University: Egerton College, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology as well as the University of Nairobi. The partnership potential is in general decided based on four priority programs or 4+1 program which consists on collaborative seminars and webinars, scholarship to international students, exchange of lecturer and student, and the double degree program.

Dr Mohamad Hery stated that the Indonesian Embassy in Kenya is highly committed to develop education and promote bilateral collaboration in education in both countries. The role of Indonesian Ambassadors in educational diplomatic developments could help the expansion of the network of campuses through early initiation, helping to promote Indonesian education as increasing people-to-people relation with accredited countries. He also expressed his belief that educational tourism could be a form of education transformation (referring to Australia) and that education is essential in strengthening bilateral and multilayer partnerships.

Published Date : 22-Apr-2021

Resource Person : Prof Arif Satria, Dr Mohamad Hery

Keyword : Kenya Education System, IPB University International Collaboration Office, Rector of IPB University, Indonesian Ambassador to Nairobi, IPB Talk