, NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 23 – Prime Minister Raila Odinga leaves the country on Tuesday for a four day visit to the United States where he will deliver the Commencement Lecture (graduation speech) to the Class of 2012 at the Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University on Saturday, April 28.
The University will later confer an honorary degree on the PM.
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University was founded as a College for Coloured Students.
It opened its doors on October 3, 1887. Today, it remains the premier school among historically black colleges and universities.
Located in Florida’s capital city of Tallahassee, Florida A&M University remains the only historically black university in the eleven member State University System of Florida.
Florida A&M and Kenya have a long history of collaboration.
In the 1970s and 1980s, the collaboration was instrumental in developing the Egerton Agricultural College, the modern day Egerton University.
The PM visited FAMU last year and witnessed the signing of an MoU between the institution and the Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT).
The MOU created room for collaboration in various areas between the two institutions and allow exchange programmes for students and academic staff.
The agreement includes collaboration between the two institutions in curricula development and training in engineering, pharmacy, nursing and allied health sciences; environmental science and research collaboration; joint grant writing; and funding for facilities development.
The PM will be accompanied by Higher Education Minister Margaret Kamar and Assistant Minister Magerer Langat.