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Kirubi challenges dons to publish, patent and prosper

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Prof. Peter Mbithi, Vice-Chancellor,University of Nairobi, welcomes Dr. Chris Kirubi, Kenyan businessman, to the meeting.

Kenyan businessman, Dr. Chris Kirubi, has challenged university dons to publish, patent their research work and prosper.

“Universities such as Harvard are successful because they pioneer research, publish more authentic and relevant research and work closely with the industry and also shape government and public policies,” he said. “Use agility and virtuality principles to deliver results. Avoid reinventing the wheel; instead borrow from the best practices.”

Dr. Kirubi was speaking at the stakeholders’ breakfast forum organized by the University of Nairobi to discuss the establishment of a modern Graduate School of Business.

Kirubi further urged the academicians to collaborate more with the industry as this would help them in producing quality graduates who will be more experienced upon graduation.

“Most graduates lack practical experience forcing companies to spend huge sums of money on training new employees,” he revealed. “Universities should define the needs of industry and not respond to the market needs.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, said that the march towards world class status has started in earnest by the establishment of the graduate school.

“Times have changed and the market demands of the 21st century require us to re-engineer our programs so as to work in close partnership with the Industry and support each other,” he said. “To enhance its contribution to society, the University intends to launch Executive Development Programmes targeting managers in government, business and industry, not forgetting international clients.  The executive programmes will be housed in the University of Nairobi Towers.”

Stakeholders at the meeting expressed their willingness to work together with the University in establishing the best graduate school in the continent.  Various organizations such  as Safaricom Limited, Cooperative Bank, Equity Bank, Barclays Bank, IBM, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Power, among other corporate bodies were represented.

The University will enhance its digital learning platforms as it seeks to tap into international students market. The Graduate School of Business will engage industry experts in fine-tuning the various programs and in the establishment of the endowment chairs. 

“Universities such as Harvard are successful because they pioneer research, publish more authentic and relevant research and work closely with the industry and also shape government and public policies,” he said. “Use agility and virtuality principles to deliver results. Avoid reinventing the wheel; instead borrow from the best practices.”

Dr. Kirubi was speaking at the stakeholders’ breakfast forum organized by the University of Nairobi to discuss the establishment of a modern Graduate School of Business.

Kirubi further urged the academicians to collaborate more with the industry as this would help them in producing quality graduates who will be more experienced upon graduation.

“Most graduates lack practical experience forcing companies to spend huge sums of money on training new employees,” he revealed. “Universities should define the needs of industry and not respond to the market needs.

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, said that the march towards world class status has started in earnest by the establishment of the graduate school.

“Times have changed and the market demands of the 21st century require us to re-engineer our programs so as to work in close partnership with the Industry and support each other,” he said. “To enhance its contribution to society, the University intends to launch Executive Development Programmes targeting managers in government, business and industry, not forgetting international clients.  The executive programmes will be housed in the University of Nairobi Towers.”

Stakeholders at the meeting expressed their willingness to work together with the University in establishing the best graduate school in the continent.  Various organizations such  as Safaricom Limited, Cooperative Bank, Equity Bank, Barclays Bank, IBM, Kenya Revenue Authority, Kenya Power, among other corporate bodies were represented.

The University will enhance its digital learning platforms as it seeks to tap into international students market. The Graduate School of Business will engage industry experts in fine-tuning the various programs and in the establishment of the endowment chairs. 

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