CUE: University research and innovations can grow private sector entrepreneurship

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USIU VC Prof Paul Zeleza and CEO of CUE, Prof Mwenda Ntarangwi confers a master’s degree to a student at the 39th Commencement ceremony. PHOTO/COURTESY

By KURIAN MUSA

newsdesk@reporter.co.ke

Universities should collaborate with the informal and private sector on entrepreneurship to take innovations they have to the next level, Chief Executive Officer, Commission for University Education, Prof. Mwenda Ntarangwi, has said.

Prof Ntarangwi was speaking during the 39th Graduation ceremony at the United States International University – Africa took place on Saturday.  A total of 1385 Students graduated, 64.3 percent (891) awarded bachelor’s degrees; 34 percent (471) master’s degrees and 1.6 percent (23) doctoral degrees.

Prof Mwenda said some of the critiques levelled against many of the university training programmes are the lack of the connection between the so-called knowledge gained, and the immediate problems facing society.

“I think collaboration between institutions like USIU-Africa and the innovators of the boda boda canopy would address some of those critiques. Innovation will benefit from a multi-disciplinary approach availed by this and other institutions,” he observed.

USIU under the management of Chancellor, Dr. Manu Chandaria and members of the USIU-Africa Board of Trustees and Vice Chancellor were hailed for promoting a culture of research through collaboration with industry, government and civil society.

Under the flagship Transformative Partnerships and Community engagement, Vice Chancellor, Professor Paul Zeleza said the University is strengthening partnerships with the private sector.

The VC reflected on the various projects that the university has undertaken at various levels beginning with the opening of the Kshs 735 million student center to the increase in research budget by 20 percent.

“Continuity East Africa has set up the most sophisticated business continuity facility in the region on our campus. The university signed two MOUs with the Kenya Red Cross Society and the Boma International Hospitality College creating a partnership in hospitality management, education, research and other development activities,” said the VC.

USIU-Africa’s ranking in Kenya this year jumped nine places to emerge third and position 26th in the latest rankings of the Webometrics Institutional Repository rankings, the university chief executive detailed.

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