The Directorate of Academic Linkages promotes collaboration and partnership with other institutions of higher learning, corporate bodies, and other relevant organizations. It was established in 2004 to coordinate linkages with other institutions of higher learning. This was due to demand that there should be a central office to manage the ever-growing demands of institutes of higher learning that wanted to collaborate with the Catholic University of Eastern Africa. There was also a need to coordinate the existing collaborations.
The University also noted that collaboration with others is a new way of being a university. No university can exist in isolation. When universities collaborate in joint research and other kinds of linkages, they generate synergies that are able to offer better solutions to the world’s problems.
The Directorate coordinates all kinds of academic linkages and offers the platform for exploring areas of cooperation. To help it do its work well, there is a Linkages Committee. This committee draws members from the various faculties in the University. Its primary duty is to deliberate on various issues and give direction to the Director of Academic Linkages. The committee has been instrumental in drafting policies and recommending to the Senate matters regarding linkages. The Directorate developed six policies that guide all actors in the process of collaboration. These policies address issues that will make the process of collaboration smooth and helpful. These policies have streamlined the process of collaboration. The three key procedures guiding the Directorate’s operations include:
Formal collaboration and partnership put into place structures that should go beyond the individuals that initiated the partnerships. It also ensures continuity and mutuality between the two institutions. Collaboration is a positive force for capacity building. With well-defined collaboration, we can maximize the potential benefits of collaboration and minimize potential drawbacks.
The Directorate exists to steer CUEA to be a leading private University in teaching, research, innovation, and community service through strategic partnerships and collaborative engagement with local and global partners.
The mission of the Directorate is to coordinate linkages with other institutions of higher learning. The Directorate of Academic Linkages seeks, supports, and strengthens partnerships with other world-class universities, institutions of higher learning, and corporate organizations to augment its expertise and realize its objectives.