• May 25, 2024
  • Last Update May 25, 2024 9:23 PM
  • Nairobi

Universities urged to embrace innovation, emerging technologies


By Peter Ochieng

Universities and other institutions of higher learning have been urged to adopt innovation and emerging technologies, in order enhance access to affordable education in the country.

While issuing the call on Thursday, President William Ruto said the government is prepared to support universities offer online and virtual learning, adding that the move would not only enrich the country’s human resources, but also foster an inclusive knowledge society.

“We must continue striving to meet the ever-growing demand for higher education, focusing on elevating those at the bottom of the social and economic pyramid through access to quality education,” he noted.

The implementation of a 100,000km fibre optic network project countrywide, the Head of State said is proceeding well and will support online learning, e-commerce and digital jobs.

He spoke during the charter award ceremony for Tangaza University and Management University of Africa at State House Nairobi, where he emphasised that institutions of higher learning play a crucial role in the country’s economic transformation.

“Today, we stand united under the Bottom-Up Economic Transformation Agenda, a bold initiative that leverages our human resources to spur rapid economic growth and enhance the productivity of our labour force.”

He observed that Kenya now has 64 chartered universities, solidifying the country’s status as a regional hub for higher education. “This reaffirms our commitment to practical applied learning that prepares leaders across all sectors,” Ruto added.

“Education has enabled Kenya to secure global opportunities as evidenced by the record diaspora remittances of KSh671 billion last year, surpassing traditional exports,” he explained.

“The Commission for Higher Education has an almost sacrosanct mandate to ensure that our education, a tool for sharpening our most important resource, our human capital, meets the best standards possible,” he added.

Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu said the government is committed to the development of tertiary and university education.

He explained that the Commission for University Education has taken Tangaza University and the Management University of Africa through a rigorous process to ensure they adhere to set standards and regulations.

During the event, Prof Edward Etengu was installed as the Chancellor of Tangaza University, and Dr Reuben Musyoka Mutiso the Chancellor of the Management University of Africa.

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