The Baraton International Interdisciplinary Research Conference held its 2nd conference and exhibition from April 14 to April 16, 2015 at the Baraton Community and Research Centre.
The conference that attracted close to 150 researchers and participants from Kenya and across East Central African Universities was hosted by the 2015 Research Conference and Exhibition Steering Committee, led by Prof. Nehemiah Nyaundi (Chair) and Prof. Elizabeth Role (Secretary), the University Research and Professional Growth Committee Chair and Director of Graduate Studies and Research, respectively. The theme of this year’s Research Conference and Exhibition was EMERGING ISSUES IN GLOBALIZATION.
Speaking during the opening ceremony of the Conference on Tuesday, April 14, 2015, Moi University’s Professor Peter Ndege, Chair of Post-graduate Studies in the Department of History, Political Sciences and Public Administration said that we should grab the opportunities offered by globalization and influence the terms in world economy. In his keynote address entitled Globalization, the transformation of the market and Africa’s international trade in the 21st Century, the History Professor argued that globalization opportunities have largely not been achieved in Africa due to the power and economic control of the developed countries.
“Are top economic institutions like World Bank, International Monetary Fund, World Trade Organizations and Multi-national Corporations which are supposed to work for economic liberation in the world serving the interest of the developed states or every state?” Professor Ndege posed. “Some developed states in particular, are the most critical socio-political agents in the process of trade globalization controlling all the international economic institutions. The African leadership has been overthrown and these institutions are not genuine advocates of trade liberalization.” The Professor observed. “The way forward for Africa is to reform our states, nurture our strong economic ethos, have visionary and competent leaders, strengthen civil societies and NGOs,” he said.
In his welcome remarks, UEAB Vice Chancellor Professor Phillip Maiyo expressed appreciation to the participants and presenters for attending the 2nd Baraton International Interdisciplinary Research Conference. “Research is the life-line of the University, we are glad you came to interact with other scholars. I hope this knowledge will be reflected in your work, teaching and research,” he said.
The research conference had various presenters with varied scholarly research papers as highlighted in the abstracts by the Baraton International Research Journal (BIRJ) 2015. Among them: The influence of globalization on management of universities in Kenya by Dr. Julius Otieno Gogo of Maseno University, Meaning of poverty, an overview of the debate of different approaches on planning for devolved units in Kenya by Dr William Ondari of UEAB, Assessment of Rwanda cooperatives towards successful management by Butera Edison of Adventist University of Central Africa, Rwanda,Globalization: Emerging ethical issues in business leadership by Professor Zachaeeus Mathema of Adventist University of Africa. Just to mention a few.
“This was such an interesting topic, I enjoyed the conference and the presentations,” said Mr. Edward Mooka, Chair, Languages and Literature Department at UEAB who also presented a paper: Globalization, a recycling of colonialism: A Reading of Sembene Ousumane’s Xala and The Last of the Empire.
While giving his closing remarks, Thursday, 16th April 2015, Prof Maiyo thanked the Kenya Commercial Bank(KCB), KENJAP Motors LTD and National Commission for Science, Technology and Innovation (NACOSTI) for their sponsorship and financial support. Dr. Korso Gude, UEAB’s Deputy Vice Chancellor for Academics said all the successful research papers will be published. He encouraged the researchers to put their research into practical use and not to keep them in the shelves.