The University of Nairobi will receive an extra Kshs. 100 Million government capitation to support innovation efforts; being incubation and start ups.
This was revealed by President Uhuru Kenyatta when he officially launched the 2nd Annual Nairobi Innovation Week on Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at Taifa Hall.
In his address, Hon. Kenyatta applauded the University of Nairobi for being top in innovations and leading by example. He urged other institutions of higher learning to borrow a leaf from the Innovation Week.
“It is through innovation and creativity such as MPESA that Kenya has received two awards in Africa. Kenya continues leading in innovation in East Africa region,” he said. However, he observed that Kenya needs more innovations from sectors like health, agriculture, security among others. “Innovations make life better”, he equipped.
Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta said that there needs to be better links between academia, researchers, private sector and financial services sector. He said, “If we ever hope to get full value, there is still a lot of work that needs to be done to see people’s lives improved or changed by innovations.” He challenged the youth to be part of such festivals because the government would like to support the young skills and imaginations.
He also addressed the academia and said that there needs to be an improvement in teaching science based courses.
Mr. Joseph Mucheru, Cabinet Secretary, Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology said that it is the work of the government to work with all partners to see that the start-up businesses prosper. He said that such innovations have the ability to grow the economy. However, Partnership is key for any innovation to impact change in society.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Peter Mbithi, Vice Chancellor, University of Nairobi said that innovation has been one of the pillars of his leadership. As an institution and management, UoN will not only sustain its performance but also improve in innovation and leadership.
Cabinet Secretaries, Principal secretaries, Ambassadors, Chairman of Council, Chancellor, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Principals and Directors of the University, University Community, and the general public were in attendance.