Prof. Jim Jose of the University of Newcastle has a word with Commissioner Prof Michael Lokuruka during the farewell dinner at Hotel Intercontinental in Nairobi on Thursday 19th April 2018
Top officials of the University of Newcastle have expressed satisfaction with the outcome of the just concluded Australian Fellowship Award Program they hosted for the Public Service Commission early this year following a review they conducted last week.
The team of Prof. Jim Jose and Dr. Patricia Johnson held several review meetings with PSC acting Chairperson Amb. Peter ole Nkuraiyia, Commissioners, CEO Dr Alice Otwala and directors who participated in Round 17 of the two weeks Executive Development Program which was conducted at the university from 17th February to 3rd March this year.
The program was held under the Australian Fellowship Award Program sponsorship. It focused on strengthening public service performance and building capacity for effective governance.
Prof Jose and Dr Johnson also held separate consultations with the Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Prof Margaret Kobia, the Director General Kenya School of Government Dr Ludeki Chweya and Australian High Commission officials to get their views on the program and other areas of collaboration.
And while speaking at a farewell dinner hosted by the Commission at Intercontinental Hotel in Nairobi on Thursday 19th April, Prof. Jose confirmed that he had gathered sufficient feedback that showed the program was very successful and relevant to the capacity needs of the Commission. He expressed optimism that the Australian government will continue to sponsor the Fellowship Awards Program through which the university will be able to extend the collaboration with PSC for the next round of staff training.
“We are hopeful that the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade will support the University of Newcastle’s bid for the next round of the Australian Fellowship Awards Program and once this happens, we will be more than happy to extend this support to the Public Service Commission for Round Two of the Executive Development Program,” said Prof. Jose, adding that the university will also explore other funding options and partnerships to support the Commission.
Amb. Nkuraiyia thanked the University of Newcastle and the Australian Government for the support they have given to the Commission and assured that the Commission will collaborate with the University in actualizing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the two institutions.
The MOU provides for collaboration in applied research, capacity building, devolution in public service, leadership development and exchange programs.
The Australian Fellowship Awards Program targets current and future leaders and mid-career professionals in positions to influence and advance priority foreign affairs and development issues. It also aims to strengthen partnerships and links between Australian and partner organizations in developing countries in support of Australia’s economic and international relations policy.