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Varsities urged to embrace research and innovation

Principal Secretary (PS) University Education and Research Amb Simon Nabukwesi has encouraged university managements to embrace research and innovation in line with emerging global trends to become globally competitive.

Speaking after opening the Meru University of Science and Technology management joint workshop in Mombasa, Nabukwesi said universities should offer solutions to the developments of the country through research and innovation.

“The outputs from universities should be globally competitive and fit for the development needs of our nation for example research and innovation and commercialization 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 was looking at how they can embrace best practice 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 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, mobilization of resources and planning as well.

Prof Bosire Monari, Chairperson of Meru University council, 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.

By Mohamed Hassan

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