Ten students of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology are set to benefit from the International Virtual Academic Collaboration (IVAC) initiative. Under the project dubbed ‘Training Twins in Applied Neuroscience’, the initiative presents a unique approach to empowering undergraduate students in the field of Applied Neuroscience in Exercise and Therapy.
Speaking during an engagement forum organized by the Department of Rehabilitation Sciences to recruit students to the program, Dr. Matheri Mwangi intimated that the ten students will be selected from a pool of 31 students from the College of Health Sciences who expressed interest in joining the program.
The IVAC initiative takes the shape of a student exchange program and is a collaboration between Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Paderborn University (UPB) in Germany, and the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa. The collaboration is funded by DAAD and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in Germany.
The program comprises a joint digital course, a summer school, and long-term support that enables students to learn from scientists and students from other universities. The aim of IVAC is to attract committed students from Kenya, Cape Town, and Germany for a research-oriented career in the field of “Applied Neurosciences in Exercise and Therapy” and prepare them at an early stage for sustainable, intercultural cooperation in the three countries using digital collaboration formats.
“This is an exciting opportunity for you to develop an in-depth plan and transfer your career interests to reality. The selection criteria will include a consideration of your academic performance, good academic conduct, your leadership qualities, and commitment to the success of your fellow students,” stated Dr. Matheri.
Through the Training Twins in Applied Neuroscience program, the students will get to experience new cultures by interacting with other students from Germany and South Africa. They will also get to form Lifelong friends, experience different Educational traditions and methods, and get career progression and opportunities. The ten students will be part of the third cohort to benefit from the initiative.