Matiang’i wants varsities to explore income generating ventures

Matiang’i wants varsities to explore income generating ventures

Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i has asked universities to venture into income generating activities to ease financial challenges facing the institutions.

In a speech read by the Commission for University Education Chairman, Prof Henry Thairu, during the opening ceremony of the the 14th Kenyan Universities Exhibition held at Flamingo Beach Resort and Spa in Mombasa, Dr Matiang’i noted that local and international partnerships are among innovative ways of accessing external funding.

Dr Matiang’i asked the universities to expand in order to accommodate rising number of students who score a mean grade of C+ and above at the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination. Matiang’i asked the Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS) to place students to courses of their choice.

The CS indicated that the Engineers Board of Kenya (EBK) is working with various stakeholders to ensure that affected institutions are accredited. Speaking at the same event, the Mombasa County Education Executive Mr Tendai Lewa Mtana asked KUCCPS to ensure that secondary school students who meet the minimum university entry requirements are admitted to the courses they applied for.

He noted that several students had raised concern over admission to courses they did not apply for. he three-day exhibition that began on March 17, 2016 is themed ‘Celebrating University Expansion through Diversity and Integration.’

Public and Private Universities exhibited various innovations as well courses offered in the institutions. Among the guests who attended the exhibition were Commission for University Education Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Prof. David Some, university vice-chancellors and various stakeholders from the education sector.

Matiang’i wants varsities to explore income generating ventures

The Vice-Chancellor, Prof Francis Aduol flanked by his three deputies Professors Joseph Kiplangat, Paul Shiundu and Suki Mwendwa and Executive Deans join the staff and students for a group photo when he visited the TU-K stand in the Kenya Universities Exhibition which took place at Flamingo Beach Resort & Spa in Mombasa.

Matiang’i wants varsities to explore income generating ventures
An innovation to process ripe banana pearls to vinegar exhibited at Mombasa University’s Exhibition
Matiang’i wants varsities to explore income generating ventures
One of the TU-K innovation exhibited at Mombasa's Universities Exhibition