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UCM to Present Conference Focusing on Climate Action Through Kenya Partnership

By Janice Phelan, April 8, 2021

MIC TourDr. Jeremy Bonnesen (far left) leads a tour of the Missouri Innovation Campus during a visit by Governor Kivutha Kibwana (second from left).

The University of Central Missouri is joining local and international partners to present a Kenya-based conference focusing on multi-level governance for climate action May 3-6. Collaborating with the university are Summit Technology Academy’s International Studies program, the government of Makueni County-Kenya and Global Classroom Exchange.


The seventh annual Devolution Conference will be held at the Makueni Boys’ High School in Makueni County, Kenya. Among the conference’s audience will be the president of Kenya and all the Kenya governors. In addition to helping present the conference, UCM will be among event exhibitors.


The major goal of this event is to strengthen sub-national governments to act on climate change and develop stronger mitigation capacities. Participants can sign up online as a delegate or exhibitor.


UCM’s role in this international event is part of the university’s partnership with the Government of Makueni County-Kenya, a member of the South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB), and Global Classroom Exchange (GCE) to enhance international workforce development and education opportunities. The partnership officially launched at a Jan. 8, 2021, virtual signing ceremony of a memorandum of understanding.


Through the partnership, UCM Extended Studies and the university’s Kenyan peers are leveraging technology to foster global collaboration in resolving local challenges. These organizations are working together to develop real-world sustainable solutions for students and adults. Students from Kenya and the United States are also gaining hands-on experiences in areas such as Internet of Things, virtual reality, telehealth and entrepreneurship while working on industry-recognized certifications and accelerated degree programs.


Business, individuals and organizations also have the opportunity to collaborate on the project, which is actively seeking partners to help with solutions. For more information, contact Joe Mullins at, Dr. Laurel Hogue at or Dr. Brad MacLaughlin at


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