President encourages growth of colleges
27 August 2014, 12:55
Nairobi - President Uhuru Kenyatta has underscored the role of academia to foster socio-economic progress, harmonious co-existence and innovations.
"Universities have striven to supply government,
commerce and industry, regional and international bodies with
outstanding talent," Kenyatta said.
The president said the government will foster an intellectual culture to
catalyze the country's renewal. He noted universities are centers of
innovation and entrepreneurship that will accelerate attainment of
"Our universities realign with a transformative roadmap that focus on
creating a strong cadre of professionals who will lead Kenya's trade
and industry, entrepreneurship, service, research, innovation and public
service," the president said.
The University of Nairobi tower is a Vision 2030 flagship project to
promote academic vibrancy, technological progress and innovations.
Kenyatta said the government will partner with philanthropies to
support growth of higher education in the country. He urged captains of
industry to set up endowments to promote scholarly work.
"Endowments give an extra sense of stability to institutions of
higher learning that have long relied on public grants. My government
will partner with these benefactors to initiate projects that promote
access to learning," Kenyatta told university administrators.
Deputy President William Ruto said the government plans to construct
60 extra technical colleges -- at least one in every constituency -- to
ensure adequate technical skills for the country's labor market.
Ruto said universities and middle colleges are necessary to provide a balanced workforce to drive the economy.
"Elevation of some middle level colleges to constituent colleges of
universities and later to fully fledged universities created knowledge
gaps that need to be filled," he said.
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