IRID draws on a wide range of competencies. These include expertise in the core regional integration foundational courses as well as in the various subject disciplines:
i.The core Foundational RI Courses in conceptual issues and the practice of regional integration and governance. The Institute’s core team is made up of regional integration specialists and leading practitioners.
ii.Political Science, International Relations and Diplomacy
iii.Economics, Trade and Monetary Issues
(b) Practical and Relevant Training
Regional integration is both theoretical and practical - learners will need to be taken through practical case studies and subsequently, most seminars at IRID are practitioner-led. The region has many veterans of the AU, EAC, COMESA, IGAD and national governments who also possess good academic qualifications. IRI is working with these veterans to enrich the experience of its students. These practitioners, who hold IRID Fellowships, contribute to research at IRID and lead seminars.
Consequently, CUEA is a university that offers practical, up-to-date and therefore relevant training in regional integration.
(c) Excellent Facilities
IRID is housed at CUEA’s ultra-modern Learning Resource Centre (LRC). The LRC is the region’s most up-to-date conference facility. The complex houses a sound-proof conference centre with electronic voting facilities and interpretation booths; the new CUEA library, with a Regional Integration Section, and catering facilities.
(d) International Environment
CUEA is a regional university: its staff and students are from across the region. This regional/international profile enriches the experience of the CUEA learners; enrolling at CUEA automatically gives one a regional/international experience.
(e) Partnerships - Private Sector Engagement
IRID is also partnering with the private sector, especially with firms that have a presence across the region. Senior staff with regional responsibilities at these firms will participate in enriching seminars at IRID.
(f) Partnerships - Institutional Linkages
IRID is already setting up partnerships with institutions that have a long history in training in regional integration so that IRID staff and students can benefit from this external expertise through joint research, visiting fellowships and even sharing of library resources