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Kilimanjaro International Launches University and Higher Education Consulting Services (UHECS)

January 15, 2016
Higher education is crucial for all-round economic and social development. Here in Africa, higher learning institutions have grown significantly over the past decade. However, resource constraints and a consequent decline in the quality of education and research remain as major challenges. At Kilimanjaro International, we believe that African countries can and should do more to ensure genuine, endogenous, and sustainable development. But to succeed, our universities and colleges must produce a globally competitive critical mass of highly educated and skilled people.

Higher education breads resourcefulness in people, which expands productivity and impacts societies and entire nations. Consistent with KI's Vision, which is "To play a meaningful role in transforming public, commercial, and civil society organizations through creative insight, informed direction, and enduring impact", we have recently introduced "University and Higher Education Consulting Services (UHECS). We have experts with cutting-edge knowledge, skills and experience in transforming universities and colleges internationally. We have also developed unique collaborations with renowned universities in Africa and around the globe to support our efforts in this important endeavor.

Are you wondering why KI would want to consult for universities and colleges? Well, the rise of a global knowledge economy has intensified the need for strategic partnerships between the business world and academia. Meaningful partnerships go beyond the traditional funding of discrete research projects. When companies and universities work in tandem to push the frontiers of knowledge, they become a powerful engine for innovation and economic growth. This kind of collaboration produces benefits that have long been obvious to universities: substantial streams of external funding, enhanced opportunities for professors and graduates to work on groundbreaking research, vital inputs to keep teaching and learning on the cutting edge of a discipline, and the impact of delivering solutions for pressing global challenges.

Always leading, KI delivers globally-informed, locally-tailored solutions in emerging, developing, and transitioning countries in Africa and beyond. KI takes university and higher education transformation to the next level by delivering Human and Institutional Capacity Development (HICD) solutions. We help reform universities and colleges in Africa and beyond. We assist with change management from the traditional top-down model to a more competitive market-oriented, entrepreneurial, and self-directed model.

We deliver mission-critical stakeholder input and strategic planning, as well as quality management training for staff and administrators fostering the change toward more autonomous universities, colleges, and departments. Managed by Dr. John Massoy and Dr. James Zuiches, UHECS primarily targets African institutions of higher learning. Massoy initiates and manages collaborations together with Zuiches who is also responsible for International Partnerships, Program Development and Execution.

Dr. James Zuiches has been active in higher education consulting for several years. He previously served for one year (2013-14) at National Louis University, Chicago, as Director of Research Strategies, assisting faculty in proposal development and grant writing. He has also consulted with five US universities as they prepared documentation for the Carnegie classification on university-community engagement.

Dr. Zuiches retired (12/31/2011) as Vice Chancellor for Extension, Engagement, and Economic Development at North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. He was appointed in 2006, and led statewide extension and engagement programs. Zuiches had previously served for 20 years (1986-2006) at Washington State University, as director of the Agricultural Research Center (8 years) and as dean of the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences (8 years), responsible for teaching, research and Cooperative Extension programs. In 2001, he created the Safe Food Initiative, funded at $7.5 million per biennium by the State of Washington. While on leave, he served as a W. K. Kellogg Foundation program officer for community and development from 1994-1995. Previous positions were at Cornell University (1982-86) as associate director of the Agricultural Experiment Station, as Sociology program director at the National Science Foundation (1979-82), and as faculty at Michigan State University (1971-79).

His research and extension specializations include demography and rural sociology, entrepreneurship and community development, leadership, and organizational processes. His work has been funded by NSF, NICHHD, ERDA (now DOE), Kellogg Foundation, and USDA. He has more than 80 publications, edited books, journal articles, book chapters, bulletins and editorials. During his administration, he worked closely with Congressional committees and agencies on policies for science and educational programs. He has served on program evaluation committees of the National Academy of Sciences and is a fellow of the AAAS (1993). He served as President of the Rural Sociological Society (1992-93). Zuiches also served on the design team that created an executive leadership program called the Food Systems Leadership Institute, funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and land-grant universities. NC State University is the lead university of the Institute.

Dr. Zuiches received his Ph.D. (1973) in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and his B.A. (1967) in philosophy and sociology from the University of Portland, Portland, Oregon.

Key skills: higher education consulting, community outreach and partnership, community economic and social development, grant writing and management, leadership development, entrepreneurship and small business development, public policy analysis, program management and evaluation, extension and engagement, non-profit management, organizational change, adult and continuing education, distance education, strategic planning and execution, demographic analysis, research administration.

For more information on UHECS, please contact Dr. John Massoy: and or Ms. Catherine Lumbanga:

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At Home And Abroad

Kilimanjaro International conducts training and study tours in Africa and beyond. The advantages to both are numerous.

For in-Africa training, obviously cost and logistics are easier to manage. In most cases, more people can be trained locally, allowing for a wider spread of information across your organization. On-site training and Study Tours here in Africa also offer the advantage of training in real-world operations and situations.

For training outside of Africa, the advantage is twofold. Firstly (and most obviously) we conduct outside training at locales pertinent to the material / sector. Training at an actual working facility similar to one being built in Africa is invaluable.

The secondary benefit is one of personal growth. When an individual experiences another culture firsthand, it's a transformative experience, and forever changes the individual for the better. Success is always helped by an open-minded worldview, and that rings true on both a personal level and an organizational one. Giving your people this gift pays tremendous results – we've seen it happen over and over.

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