The University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi and Equity Group Foundation have today exchanged a Memorandum of Understanding that will see students benefit from scholarships from Equity Group.
Speaking during the meeting, Prof. Mbithi noted that the University has been working with Equity Bank on a number of initiatives some of them include ; Nairobi Innovation Week, Wings to Fly program among others.
'In order to produce holistic graduates, the University has invested heavily on linkages with industry, to enable students to have necessary skills', said Prof. Mbithi.
The Vice-Chancellor expressed his gratitude to the bank, for having come to the aid of agriculture and agriculture students noting that agriculture is key for the economic growth of any country.
Dr. Hellen Gichoki, Director, Equity Group Foundation on her part noted that as Equity Group, they appreciate innovation and hence their partnership at the inaugural Nairobi Innovation Week in August, 2015. Her dream to have the University of Nairobi partner with Wings to Fly program has been realized as the University absorbs most of the beneficiaries of the program. Most of the beneficiaries are in various academic programs like Engineering, Computer Science, Medicine among others.
She added that the foundation works to improve the lives of Kenyans and has segmented its programs to support various sectors ; agriculture, small and medium enterprises, education, environment and energy and financial literary, where thousands of Kenyans are taught on money management.
In a bid to improve agriculture the foundation works hand in hand with farmers to help them turn around farms and link farmers to the market. It is in this regard that agriculture students comes in handy. The program currently support six students and more to be trained in the future.
The meeting was attended by Dean of Agricuture , Prof. John Kimenju, Director of University Advancement Mr. Johnson Kinyua and Public Relations Manager, Mr. Peter Muturi.