Fulbright alumnus returns to Kenya to help launch curriculum

When Dr. Bruce Edwards returns to the campus of Daystar University in Nairobi, Kenya, this week, he says, “it will feel like home.”

Dr. Bruce Edwards

Edwards, English and Africana studies and associate vice provost for academic technology, has been invited back by Daystar’s deputy vice chancellor, Dr. Philip Kitui, to provide the inaugural lecture to launch a new degree in Web-based professional communication.

Edwards, a visiting Fulbright Scholar in Kenya in 1999-2000, has continued to consult with and mentor faculty and administrators at Daystar over the past decade—virtually, by Internet, and through several campus visits.

“As a university, we cannot think of a better person than you to perform this ceremony considering the significant role you played in the inception of the idea, the development of the program and the training of faculty in this area,” wrote Kitui.

“It is a great honor and thrill to be asked to give this lecture, but even more to see my colleagues at Daystar again,” Edwards said. The Fulbright program, he noted, is designed to create just these kinds of  “sustainable relationships.”

Edwards’ topic, “Global Professions, Higher Education,” focuses on the opportunity for East African students to take their place among a growing world employment market that needs skilled writers and Web-savvy technical communicators in Global English.

“The skill set needed to work effectively as a Web-based technical communicator is encompassed in Daystar’s new curriculum,” he explained. “Daystar graduates will be able to compete for key positions in business and industry, not only in Kenya, but around the globe.”

The new degree, the first of its kind in Kenya, has received the approval of Kenya’s Commission for Higher Education. While in Kenya, Edwards will also visit other university campuses that are potential partners in online education with BGSU.

“Mobile education is increasingly popular, available and affordable in East Africa, and we can learn a great deal about new delivery systems from our African colleagues.”

August 18, 2008