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UoN to Partner with Makueni Government in Developing Regional Technology and Innovation Hub at Kibwezi Campus
The University of Nairobi is set to upgrade the kibwezi station to a world class institution for Agri-technology and innovation. Plans are underway to have an incubation and Agric-park, and offer degree programs in Bachelor of Science in Dryland Economics and Agro-ecosystem Management and Bachelor of Science in Water Resource Management.
The incubation and Agric-Park will be the centre for innovation and technology transfer activities focused on the full agricultural value chain. The park will partner with local and International Institutions, government and private sector partners with a view to playing a significant role in national and regional development.
The University of Nairobi established the African Drylands Institute for Sustainability (ADIS) to spearhead the alignment of the University’s Mandate at the Kibwezi station.
This was said when the Makueni Governor, Prof. Kivutha Kibwana and his team paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi.
Prof. Kibwana reiterated that universities exist to inspire society and it is the expectation of Makueni people to see transformation in their county by the emergence of a Makueni world class university. The governor pledged to work well with the University and the National Government to ensure that the vision of the Makueni people of having a university is realized.
On his part, Prof. Peter Mbithi, said that there has been research and ongoing training at the Kibwezi station. Infrastructure has been the only challenge facing the institution and hence the Kibwezi station has not been able to admit students and employ more staff.
A representative of the Makueni community said that she has grown up waiting for the day that their dream for a fully fledged University will become a reality to create employment for the people of Makueni county.
It was resolved that moving forward the University will work with the county government and the National government to eventually establish a university.
Prof. Jesse Njoka, Director, ADIS, was given the mandate to work with the community and develop programs that are relevant to the community.
There was a proposal to launch the incubation centre and Dr. Orodi was appointed to head the planning team.
The meeting took place at the Vice Chancellor’s boardroom on Tuesday, September 28, 2016.