Collaborations & Linkages

Maasai Mara University recognizes the importance of partnerships and cooperation with other institutions with similar objectives for purposes of internationalization of its programmes. The collaboration/cooperation with the University of Bordeaux will bring mutual benefits and foster cultural exchange.

Our Uniqueness as Maasai Mara University

Natural Resource Management; The Famous Mau Complex, which is under threat of depletion is just adjacent to Maasai Mara University; the University through research and collaboration with stakeholders and other partners can contribute significantly to restoration and scientific management of this critical resource for Sustainability.

Maasai Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem; Maasai Mara University is at the Gate of the Greater Maasai Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem 'the seventh Wonder of the World' which hosts the largest number of wildlife species on earth and which is under threat. The University is establishing Research and Extension Programs in wildlife and Environmental Conservation in the effort of protecting the endangered Maasai Mara-Serengeti Ecosystem.

Tourism and Hospitality; This is Kenya's second-highest income earner- the University intends to collaborate with stakeholders and other partners to strengthen these programs by; Enhancing quality human resource production Diversifying tourism products i.e. Eco-Tourism, Cultural Tourism, and Community Based Tourism and Promote sustainable development of tourism resources

Cultural Heritage Development and conservation; the University is located in a culturally rich region, Maasai Land thus can strengthen and enhance the development of this cultural resource through Research, documentation and Preservation and foster cultural Exchange Programs with other Cultures of the World.

Indigenous knowledge; The University has the opportunity to enhance available indigenous knowledge from the local communities especially in traditional /alternative medicine from plants.

Community Health Programs; the University is located in a Rural Setting and thus it can develop Community Health Programs such as; HIV/AIDS, Public Health, Environmental Health e.t.c

Agriculture; the university is located in an area which is largely semi-arid but with a section to the north which is good for wheat farming. Other crops such as barley, maize, and potatoes e.t.c also do well. The university aims at establishing programmes to improve such activity through modern technology.
Other possible areas of collaboration/ cooperation may include; capacity building, library resources, scholarships, student and faculty exchange as well as any areas that would be of mutual interest to both universities.

The Directorate of Linkages and Collaborations hosted Gert Bomhof, from the Netherlands. Gert Bomhof is involved in Community projects and has helped develop Nkoilale Community Development Organization in the Mara region.

The University will be working to partner with his Foundation on vocational training, exchange programmes, and partnership with AERES institutions from the Netherlands.

Regents University-London-U.K

Date of Signing of Mou-4th March 2015
Areas of collaboration:

Education cooperation and articulation programmes.

Research collaboration

Exchange of students, faculty and staff members

Joint consultancy activities

Knowledge transfer

Participation in seminar and academic meetings

Exchange of academic materials and other information.

Clemson University - U.S.A.

Date of Signing MoU, 5th June 2013
Areas of Collaboration:

Joint training
Exchange research, training and workshop conference Developing a tourism information system for Maasai Mara Game Reserve

Exchange institutional professionals
To encourage, support and facilitate mutual visits by staff in order to learn from each other as well as to strengthen the collaborative ties.
Clemson has graduate students from Rwanda, Tanzania in the department of parks, recreation and tourism management. An online master's degree in parks, recreation and tourism management will target East African students.

Establishment of a road safety institute
CU- IGRSS (Clemson University - Institute for Global Road Safety and Security) and K-IGRSS (Kenyan - Institute for Global Road Safety and Security) will collaborate together with faculty in their respective curriculum and instruction departments, and with interdisciplinary CU-IGRISS to develop three program areas as:
      Road safety programs
      Road behavior
      Road safety management: including curriculum for interdisciplinary road safety management including education, engineering, enforcement, and emergency management services. Road safety curriculum that can be implemented in primary schools in Kenya. Curriculum and research agenda for road user behavior.
      college alcohol prevention program
The program was designed and implemented to prevent or reduce the negative consequences of substance abuse and addictions with an emphasis on preventing driving under the influence of alcohol.

Resource Sharing; Books donation.

University of Bordeaux 3-France

1.0 The goals

To support the mobility of students (master and Ph.D.) and academics
• To support the use of the French language
• To support the research program in some fields.
2.0 The fields
2.1 The Tourism and Art schools of Maasai Mara University on one part, the IATU (institute of urban and touristic management), the DEFLE (department of French language studies) on the other part: exchange of curricula, teachers in a first time.
3.0 The supports
3.1 A applied research program in tourism and heritage development of the territories, with the opportunity of financial support (AAP-CRA, Appel à Projets du Conseil Regional Aquitaine) with the master tourism of UPPA (Pau University) and the DRAC Aquitaine.
The supports will involve;
i) Establishment of a French Language Institute/center
Maasai Mara University is currently teaching the French language to students undertaking tourism, arts and hospitality courses. Being in an exclusively Anglophone environment, access to resources and materials is limited i.e. books, equipment, teaching aids. The availability of a modern language laboratory fully equipped with an internet connection with whiteboard interactive would improve the capacity to effectively teach French language and culture. Supplementary material that aids in the learning process and actualization of the French language and culture like magazines, newspapers, storybooks, films, documentaries will also help build capacity. It is important to build French language and culture capacity because of the effect and competition of other languages in the world.
With the strong capacity of the University of Bordeaux 3 in teaching over 20 languages, there is an opportunity to work together to introduce the teaching of Swahili language spoken in East African Community and DRC Congo. ( A technical proposal will be developed on this opportunity.)
ii) Establishment of Cultural Heritage Institute/center.
The Cultural Heritage institute/center to support the development and preservation of cultural heritage in the region. With the capacity of Bordeaux 3, the University of Pau on heritage management cooperation will be possible. Narok is a rich area in terms of cultural resources including indigenous knowledge being the home of the Maasai people whose culture continues to withstand the test of time.
iii) Maasai Mara University research/field station in the Mara game reserve
Maasai Mara University is a young institution is establishing a research/field station in the Mara game reserve. The aim is to develop tourism and hospitality research facilities for students as well as tourists education center. The facility will serve as a documentation center for all research and activities in the Mau Mara Serengeti Ecosystem. (A technical proposal will be developed on this opportunity.)
3.2 Exchange programs (fellowship in master and Ph.D.) with the support of the French Embassy and the future project to create a consortium (Eramus European program).
3.3 Capacity building on; library, Science and Computer capacities
The Maasai Mara University library aims at providing a comprehensive literature on tourism, wildlife, and forestry conservation and other aspects knowledge including community integration and social transformations to enable the university to achieve its vision of promoting knowledge on tourism, nature conservation, and economic and social integration through innovative research and policy dialogue, as well as training a new generation of elites on issues relating to conservation of nature in Africa. Other capacities/ resources;
Science Lab Equipment,

  • ICT infrastructure,
  • Nursing school resources,
  • Media lab resources, and
  • GIS capacity/ equipment for climate change monitoring.

c) Ecomuseum at Regional Park of the Lands

After visiting it was observed that it is possible to set up an eco-museum at Maasai Mara facility at Mara. The Director to attend and participate in the conference. MMU to develop a proposal, and seek support from the French Embassy.
MMU to draw a work plan and begin by collecting artifacts for the proposed eco-museum Establishing tripartite cooperation between the park, Maasai mara game reserve, and MMU. That the Ecomuseum at Regional Park of the Lands is ready to assist where necessary through consultancy and cooperation.

Aarhus University- Denmark

Date Of Signing Of Mou-31st March, 2013
Areas of Cooperation
The parties agree to collaborate in the following areas of mutual interest:

Establish and promote joint research, development projects and academic cooperation with focus on the Maasai Mara (ecosystem, living conditions, economic growth and biodiversity);

Establish and develop an Action to save and develop the Maasai Mara;

Engage in knowledge exchange and cooperation with stakeholders;

Identify opportunities for exchange of students;

Explore possibilities for exchange of faculty and research staff;

Exchange of academic information and materials;

Organize and participate in joint academic activities such as publications, seminars, and conferences.

Regents University-London-U.K

Date of Signing of Mou-4th March 2015
Areas of collaboration:

Education cooperation and articulation programmes.

Research collaboration

Exchange of students, faculty and staff members

Joint consultancy activities

Knowledge transfer

Participation in seminar and academic meetings

Exchange of academic materials and other information.

Kenya Industrial Estates

Nature Of Collaboration- Industrial And Technology Parks.
Date of Signing MoU, 17th June 2014
Areas of collaboration:

Create incubation centers and incubate student's projects with potential for commercialization.

Attachment of MMARAU staff to enterprise funded through KIE for purposes of gaining experience that would be ploughed back into teaching.

Writing a project proposal jointly.

Undertaking consultancies jointly.

Organizing training for SMEs jointly for purposes of addressing the existing knowledge gap which hinders graduation of SMEs and eventually to large enterprises. 

Organizing short courses for KIE staff for purposes of staff development.

Establishing of entrepreneurship student financial kitty.

University of Hertfordshire.- London-U.K

Collaboration is intended to promote co-operation, discussions and positive academic relations between Hertfordshire and Maasai Mara to their mutual benefit.
Areas of collaboration:

The Parties agree to facilitate discussions in good faith in relation to:

Collaboration in research projects of mutual interest, in particular in the area of tourism;

Collaboration in staff development, including educational management and development of English language teaching, and;

Exchange of students and/or members of academic staff as agreed between the Parties and as appropriate to the circumstances of each Party.

University of Munster, Germany

Date of Signing of Mou-Still in process   
Areas of Collaborations. 

The parties agree to collaborate in the following area of mutual interest:

Explore possibilities for joint research programmes.

Exchanges for students.

A team of Maasai Mara University drawn from the School of Business and Economics and the Directorate of Linkages and Collaborations with partners from the University of Munster in Germany, led by Prof. Joerg Baetge. Gracing the meeting was the Ag. Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academics and Student Affairs Prof. Obere. The meeting is part of implementation of an MoU signed between the School of Business and Economics of MMARAU and School of Business of University of Munster.

Prof. Joerg offered to train the School of Business and Economics on a management model (OPEX). The School of Business however embraced this model.

MMARAU appreciates the good gesture from Prof. Joerg to donate the model to the School of Business. This is a great tool for effective teaching of Business Students.

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