KENYATTA UNIVERSITY DOES THE UNEXPECTED
Kenyatta University Vice-Chancellor Olive
Mugenda has launched a campaign seeking to
establish a closer working relationship with
local companies and other African universities.
The campaign is aimed at enhancing students’
competitiveness in the global job market.
The vice-chancellor said students should be
ready to undertake practical learning in the job
market as well as have an opportunity to study
for one semester in another university.
She said this would help widen their scope in
life and enabling them to prepare for upcoming
challenges in life.
She said she had sent four students to a public
university in Nigeria, and received the same
number from the university adding that more
partnerships were on the way.
Mrs Mugenda said Kenya stood to benefit
immensely when the students finally graduate
and put into action their experiences during the
She said universities must closely monitor
students’ growth to ensure they are moulded
into all-round people.
“We engage students who are tech-savvy in
development of software programmes while the
business-conscious ones have been given a
facility to actualise their ideas which has seen
the birth of 70 companies.
“Our role is not only to teach but nurture
entrepreneurship among our students for a
better Kenya,” she said.
The VC challenged the private sector to actively
engage local universities and technical training
institutions in their areas of operations to help
students acquire experience that would help
them upon graduation to get jobs.
“Why would a company reject a graduate for
lack of experience yet we hardly give them a
chance to learn processes of how raw materials
become usable goods?” she posed.