Yusuf Masibo and PSCU @PeopleDailyKe
President Uhuru Kenyatta has asked universities to play a key role in achieving the big four growth agenda of his second term geared towards ensuring food security, affordable housing, manufacturing and affordable healthcare.
He said his administration is focused on ensuring that all Kenyans enjoy a level of wellbeing that enables them to live a happy, healthy and productive life. “In executing this agenda, I expect the universities to play a key role going forward,” said President Kenyatta, who is also the Chancellor of Kibabii University.
President Uhuru spoke yesterday when he presided over the second graduation ceremony of Kibabii University in Bungoma county where former Bumula MP Bifwoli Wakoli graduated with a Masters degree in Education.
For universities to truly become the vehicles for transformation, the President said, they must strengthen their relations and linkage with the industry to match the skills they teach with the requirements of industries.
He urged universities to promote skills required for new graduates to get employed as well as those of entrepreneurship, saying it will help them create jobs for themselves and others.
“Kenya has tremendous opportunities for young men and women who have these skills. Teach your students to make the most of them,” hesaid. Uhuru who was accompanied by Education Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i, asked the Kenyan universities to offer courses of market status.
“We want our universities teach skilled courses for entrepreneurship so that graduands can be self-reliant instead of depending on employment. He said graduands should start courses where they can create jobs for themselves and the community instead of waiting to be employed. Uhuru praised Kibabii University for acquiring tremendous growth both in infrastructure and student enrolment.
“The university started with 330 students now it has over 7, 000 students with many academic halls. He asked the local leadership and the community to support the university’s leadership adding that it was doing a good job. Matiang’i said his ministry had injected Sh235 million in the institution to complete all pending works.