A brief History of the Directorate of Academic Linkages
The Directorate of Academic Linkages promotes collaboration and partnership with other institutions of higher learning, corporate bodies and other relevant organizations
It was established in 2004 to coordinate linkages with other institutions of higher learning. This was due to demand that there should be a central office to manage the ever-growing demands of institutes of higher learning that wanted to collaborate with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. There was also a need to coordinate the existing collaborations.
The University also noted that collaboration with others is a new way of being a university. No university can exist in isolation. When universities collaborate in joint research and other kinds of linkages, they generate synergies that are able to offer better solutions to the world’s problems.
The Directorate of Academic Linkages at a Glance
The Directorate coordinates all kinds of academic linkages and offers the platform for exploring areas of cooperation.
To help it do its work well, there is a Linkages Committee. This committee draws members from the various faculties in the University. Its primary duty is to deliberate on various issues and give direction to the Director of Academic Linkages. The committee has been instrumental in drafting of polices and recommending to the Senate matters regarding linkages. The Directorate developed six policies that guide all actors in the process of collaboration. These policies address issues that will make the process of collaboration smooth and helpful. These policies have streamlined the process of collaboration. The three key procedures guiding the Directorate’s operations include:
- Procedure for collaboration.
- Procedure for establishing a constituent college.
- Procedure for affiliation of colleges.
Formal collaboration and partnership puts into place structures that should go beyond the individuals that initiated the partnerships. It also ensures continuity and mutuality between the two institutions. Collaboration is a positive force for capacity building. With well-defined collaboration, we can maximize the potential benefits of collaboration and minimize potential drawbacks.
The Directorate exists to steer CUEA to be a leading private University in teaching, research, innovation and community service through strategic partnerships and collaborative engagement with local and global partners.
Our Mission Statement
The mission of the Directorate is to coordinate linkages with other institutions of higher learning. The Directorate of Academic Linkages seeks, supports and strengthens partnerships with other world-class universities, institutions of higher learning and corporate organizations to augment its expertise and realize its objectives.
Objectives of the Directorate of Academic Linkages
- To promote contact and cooperation with other institutions of higher education in the world.
- To empower CUEA departments in their pursuit of academic collaboration with others institutes of higher education.
- To coordinate applications for affiliation of colleges or establishment of constituent colleges and ensure a follow-up of the processes.
- To promote and facilitate networking, effective collaboration and sharing of experiences with other institutions of higher education in teaching, learning, and research.
- To maintain CUEA’s membership to professional Associations.
- To stir CUEA’s participation and collaborative engagement with the said associations.
- To ensure quality regular communication with the constituentaffiliated colleges and all local and international partners
Functions of the Directorate of Academic Linkages
- Initiate linkages and cooperation with interested parties
- Coordinate affiliations including research affiliations for doctoral students
- Advise Deans, Heads of Departments on affiliation and linkage matters
- Work with relevant departments on matters of affiliation and linkages agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
- Assess needs of Departments with regards to linkages with other institutions
- Coordinate exchange programmes and sabbatical leaves
- Sustain local and international collaborations