Tea with hot or cold milk? Beef, chicken, or goat? These were some of the daily decisions Frank Whittington, Gerontology Institute Director, and Sharon King, Institute faculty member, had to make as they visited the campus of Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, during February, 2003, to help initiate a gerontological education and research program that will likely be the first of its kind on the African continent.
Georgia State University Office of International Affairs awarded a grant to the Gerontology Institute to form a partnership between the Institute and Kenyatta University's Sociology Department and Bureau of Educational Research. Whittington and King returned from Africa with nothing but praise for their hosts and the productive time spent together. Dr. Whittington awarded an honorary Certificate in Gerontology from Georgia State to Dr. Mugo Gachuhi , a member of the Bureau of Educational Research and Kenya's leading aging advocate.
The link between the Institute and Kenyatta University will support both research and educational exchange opportunities for both students and faculty and provide the first international liaison for the Gerontology Institute. The Institute is committed to seek additional public and private funding to underwrite both the educational and research goals of the partnership.