Hanson and Warchol's Kenya Trip Summary
In March of 2010, NMU Criminal Justice Professors Robert Hanson and Greg Warchol traveled to Kenya to meet with officials and students at Chuka University College. The academic institution is located in the central highlands of Kenya in the small market town of Chuka between Mount Kenya and the larger town of Embu. The college, which is associated with the University of Kenya, offers an array of degree and diploma programs. It is a small but very scenic and expanding campus with classrooms, residence hall, and administration buildings.
Professors Hanson and Warchol conducted meetings with the college principal (equivalent to a university president in the USA), the provost, and several faculty members. Items discussed were memorandums of agreements between Chuka and NMU, faculty and student exchanges, and the possibility of joint research projects. The professors were also gave a long presentation to a large group of students and faculty on the nature of the US Constitution and the criminal justice system. These topics were of great interest since Kenya is in the process of drafting a new constitution. The question and answer session following the presentation was outstanding with Chuka students asking numerous interesting questions. In attendance at the presentation was a female cousin of US President Obama who asked several question about American politics.
Professors Warchol and Hanson also spent a few days in Nairobi, the very busy and crowded capital of Kenya and visited Amboseli National Park in the far south bordering Tanzania. This was of special interest to Dr. Warchol given his research on wildlife law.
The trip revealed that there were many opportunities for study and exchange in Kenya where the demand for higher education is very great. The number of prospective students greatly exceeds the limited number of universities. It is hoped that NMU will pursue this opportunity for both our students and Kenyan students.
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