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Turkish Ambassador to Kenya Her Excellency Ms. Deniz Eke (second right) hands over the “The Wild Side of Kenya” to the University Librarian Dr. Sylvia Ogola (right) on Thursday, October 5,in the Library and Information Center. Looking on is the DVC-Academic Student Affairs Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono (center) and Associate DVC – Academic Affairs Prof. Munyae Mulinge. The book is part of a larger donation of thirty books from the Embassy of Turkey to the Library. Photo: Dan Muchai

On Friday, October 6, 2017 Her Excellency Ms. Deniz Eke the Turkish Ambassador of Turkey to Kenya handed over 30 books to the USIU-Africa Library & Information Center at a brief ceremony attended by senior university officials and faculty.

The donation, which included such books as “Madonna in a Fur Coat” by Sabahattin Ali, and “Understanding the Turkish-Armenian” by Mustafa Serdar Palabi, and two volumes of “Perception: Journal of International Affairs” -  a quarterly English language academic journal that features contributions from distinguished Turkish and international scholars, published by the Center for Strategic Research. It is expected to contribute to knowledge and research on Turkish history and culture and international perspective, among the university community.

Speaking during the hand-over ceremony, the Deputy Vice Chancellor – Academic & Student Affairs Amb. Prof. Ruthie Rono appreciated the close relationship the university has had with the Turkish Embassy, specifically recalling the support the Embassy provided towards the Fourth AfroMUN Conference held in March this year. She hoped the current collaboration between USIU-Africa and the people of Turkey will continue growing strong.

Among the opportunities being pursued by the Department of Fundraising in partnership with the embassy are student exchange and internships, collaborations with higher education institutions, linkages with industry, fundraising, among other areas of mutual interests. These areas will also be pursued in partnership with other embassies that participated in the MIKTA Film Festival which the university hosted between October 2-6, 2017.

The Embassy of Turkey in Kenya which was opened in 1968 hosts the largest expatriate community in Africa. Being among the first in the international community to recognized Kenya’s sovereignty soon after independence, Turkey’s 49-year bilateral relationship with Kenya covers a wide array of issues including trade, industrialization, transport, agriculture, tourism, health, immigration, science and technology, development of arid lands, and education.