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Universities urged to invest in research and innovation

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[Principal Secretary University Education and Research Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Principal Secretary University Education and Research Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi has encouraged university managements to embrace research and innovation in line with emerging global trends so that they can be globally competitive.

Speaking after opening Meru University of Science and technology management joint workshop in Mombasa, Nabukwesi said universities should offer solutions to the developments of the country by churning out full baked graduates.

“The outputs from universities should be globally competitive and fit for the development needs of our nation for example research and innovation, commercialisation and capacity building of students,” said Nabukwesi.

Universities in the country have been grappling with limited capacity to research and innovate, and in the Meru University workshop, the management is looking at how they can embrace best practices to make it globally more competitive.

“The workshop is timely in the sense of relevance of the quality education, empowerment of learners and mentorship of learners, through good teaching and of course the university should coordinate them on how to manage that,” said Nabukwesi.

He urged the higher learning institutions to exercise very high Prudence management of resources, resources mobilisation and planning as well.

Meru University council Chairperson, Prof Bosire Monari said the workshop will provide a good opportunity for the university management and council to evaluate their performance and how they can do better by ensuring quality teaching, research and service to the community.