Universities need adequate support from both the public and private sector to overcome the challenges that come with industrialization and commercialization of suitable research outputs.
Prof. Victoria Ngumi, the Vice Chancellor, the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) said the desire by universities to to increase the use of its research outputs and innovations by industry and other stakeholders in order to create socio-economic benefits, while generating income to support research and education can only be realized by such support. She was speaking at a one-day exhibition at the university.
“As you have witnessed today, JKUAT has a diverse and vibrant technological skill and knowledge base that if properly harnessed can transform subsistence technological, agricultural and cottage industries into competitive sectors both locally and globally,” opined Prof. Ngumi.
JKUAT continues to play a key role in national development mainly by disseminating its research outputs through frequent training workshops largely targeted to the county’s women and youth.
“It is the mandate of the University to participate in the discovery, transmission, preservation and enhancement of knowledge and to stimulate the intellectual participation of both staff and students in the socio-economic development of Kenya,” explained Prof. Ngumi.
The exhibition with theme ‘Training, Research and Innovations to Drive Food Security, Manufacturing, Affordable Housing and Universal Healthcare towards Attainment of Kenya Vision 2030’was also addressed by JKUAT Chair of Council, Prof. Paul Kanyari, JKUAT former Vice Chancellors Prof. Ratemo Michieka and Prof. Nick Wanjohi and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, (Research, Production and Extension), Prof. Mary Abukutsa among others.