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Diaspora University Developers Meet With WPI University Deans

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From Left: Dr. Endege, Dean of WPI Business School - Prof. Ginzberg, Prof. Mutisya, Dean of WPI Engineering School - Prof. Soboyedo & Dan Kamau at WPI Engineering School. From Left: Dr. Endege, Dean of WPI Business School - Prof. Ginzberg, Prof. Mutisya, Dean of WPI Engineering School - Prof. Soboyedo & Dan Kamau at WPI Engineering School.

At the WPI Engineering School Dean Michael Ginzberg of WPI Business School and Dean Wole Soboyedo of Engineering School met with Dr. Wilson Endege, Prof. Philliph Mutisya and Dan Kamau as they reviewed the Diaspora University Development Plan.

The university development plan traces its roots from the WPI U. S-Africa Business Conferences 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009. The three plans that constitute the development plans were discussed.

The three plans are: The University Endowment, Property and Students Finance that will finance the property and students; the WPI Plan that will be the system adopted and Diaspora PhD plan that will produce the faculty.

The WPI plan that the Diaspora University will adopt is based on WPI six components:

  1. Student flexibility in program planning within broad guidelines
  2. A grading system that encourages academic risk taking and cooperation among students
  3. An outcomes orientation with respect to all academic activities
  4. Emphasis on both theory and the practical application of that theory for a useful purpose via substantial projects
  5. Seven-week terms with relatively few academic activities per term.
  6. Emphasis on student responsibility for learning. 

Professor Mutisya speaking to the Diaspora PhDs plan said that about 20 Diaspora are ready to become the first faculty of the university as either full time or part time. The Diaspora scholars will provide courses and will shape the academic culture of the university. The professor who has had a 30 year career in university was happy to visit WPI.  

 

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