The first steps to establish the COMESA University of Regional Integration has begun with the launch of a virtual Master’s Degree programme at the Kenyatta University of Kenya.
COMESA, or the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa, comprises of nineteen countries and was created to serve as an organisation of free independent sovereign States that have agreed to cooperate in developing their natural and human resources for the good of their people.
European Union funding secured for COMESA University scholarships
COMESA has secured €60,000 towards annual scholarships for the programme from the European Union as part of the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP Group) under the TradeCom II Capacity Building Programme.
Addressing the 6th COMESA Annual Research Forum in Nairobi early this month, Dr Samuel Muthoga, Chairman of the Department of Applied Economics, Kenyatta University said the commencement of the programme follows approval by the University Education in Kenya.
Dr Muthoga said: “The MRI programme will be offered during the first semester of 2019-2020 academic year in collaboration with the School of Virtual and Open Learning of Kenyatta University. About 30 students have so far applied for the programme.”
The programme is for government officials working in trade
The Master of Regional Integration (MRI) programme is designed for government officials working in divisions or units dealing with trade, integration and cooperation issues.
The programme is designed to benefit students who intend to work as trade officers, trade policy analysts, advisers, researchers or private sector trade practitioners among others.
Kenyatta University was selected to host the programme due to its advanced e-learning facilities and will collaborate with 22 universities across other COMESA Member States, which have been involved in the design of the project.
The rationale for establishing the Masters programme was to build the capacity of member states to address the slow progress of regional integration in the COMESA region.