University Fund Wageningen* organises several alumni events all over the world to stay in touch with alumni and to give alumni the chance to engage with each other. On Tuesday 13 October a Wageningen Alumni Meeting in Nairobi, Kenya was organised.
Kenyan alumni meet with Prof. Arthur Mol
Rector Magnificus prof. dr. ir. Arthur Mol met on the 13th October Alumni of the Wageningen UR in Kenia. The meeting was at Icipe the International Insect Research institute in Nairobi. Arthur Mol was in Kenia for the announcement of the results of the Solarmal project on Rusinga Island. The project was also presented by project manager and Wageningen alumnus, Dr. Collins Mweresa. The results of the project, managed by Icipe and Wageningen UR, are promising. The scientists measured that households with mosquito traps have less mosquito’s and less malaria. A short discussion followed about the research methodology and the challenges involved in rolling out the new technology
Arthur Mol highlighted new developments at the Wageningen UR campus and the creation of a so called Campus Ecosystem involving, University, research institutes, spin offs / SME’s and (inter)national Companies. The Wageningen campus is growing rapidly and has a strong international dimension with students doing their Masters or PhD from all over the world. Wageningen UR works globally on 5 strategic themes, Food Security, liveable cities, Nutrition and Health, biobased Economy and climate change. The attendance at the Kenyan alumni meeting shows the commitment there still is with Wageningen UR. The meeting and the cocktail party afterwards was received with enthusiasm by the 23 Kenyan alumni. There are already informal alumni groups existing on social media and they are willing to take the initiative organising follow up events reaching out to even more Kenyan alumni.