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Strathmore deepens strategic partnerships in teaching and innovation

Three external evaluators of the Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform (SPHEIR) programme visited Strathmore University on March 4, 2019 to assess the impact of the Partnership for Enhanced Blended learning (PEBL) at the university, one year down the line.

The SPHEIR team comprised of three evaluators: Paula Knee and Dr. Billy Bryan, of Technopolis-Group (UK) and Clarissa Poulson, Head of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at IPE Triple Line, London. The evaluators held engaging discussions with Dr. Elizabeth Gachenga, DVC, Academic and Student Affairs, and had insightful and lively interactions with students, faculty and members of the Strathmore PEBL team led by Dr. Jennifer Gitahi, lecturer at the Strathmore Law School (SLS).

Transforming higher education 

The SPHEIR programme is a competitive grant scheme established by the UK Department for International Development (DFID). It is designed to catalyse innovative partnerships in low-income countries to improve the performance, governance and influence of higher education systems and institutions. SPHEIR partnerships seek to transform the quality, relevance, access and affordability of higher education to achieve sustainable change in higher education systems. SPHEIR is funding a number of projects in Sub-Saharan Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Strathmore University is one of the six East African universities that are creating quality assured, credit-bearing courses delivered through blended learning. The courses are shareable across universities in the region with the aim of easing the burden on teaching staff and expanding the delivery methods. The lead partner of PEBL is the Association of Commonwealth Universities (ACU).

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Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education Innovation and Reform

This article was written by Ian Wairua, Associate Director, Centre for Teaching Excellence and Education Innovation, and member of the Strathmore PEBL team.

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