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By Dan Muchai

The Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Tiyambe Zeleza, has been elected as Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Kenya Education Network (KENET), at its meeting on Friday, June 22.

KENET is the National Research and Education Network (NREN) of Kenya, and a not-for-profit membership organization registered as a Trust with five Vice Chancellors as Trustees. The network provides access to open education and research resources and databases to 130 universities and university colleges, as well as local and international research institutes in Kenya.

Having also been licensed by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) as a not-for-profit provider of affordable, cost-effective and low-congestion Internet bandwidth services to member education and research institutions, it serves as a gateway to the advanced e-infrastructures for research that are available exclusively within the research and education communities anywhere in the world. Such infrastructure includes providing shared services such as; co-location of servers, dedicated virtual servers for e-learning systems, video and web conferencing, and capacity building for technical staff. KENET is the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) for the academic community.

Apart from the Vice Chancellor, USIU-Africa is represented on the Executive Board which assists the Board of Trustees in managing the network, by Assistant Professor of Information Systems Dr. Gerald W. Chege. Additionally, the Board’s Executive Director Prof. Meoli Kashorda is a Professor of Information Systems and a former Dean of USIU-Africa’s then School of Business Administration for six years. He is charged with running KENET’s day-to-day operations.