The Technology Park concept was conceived at The MMU Mbagathi Campus to enhance Research and Innovation, as is evidenced by the naming of the two buildings whose pictures are in Fig 1 and Fig 2.
A technology park is a green with a collection of buildings dedicated to scientific research on a business footing. It therefore marries academia, government and industry.
The world's first university research park started in the early 1950's near Stanford University, and foreshadowed the community known today as The Silicon Valley. Another early university research park was, and is, The Research Triangle Park in North Carolina.
In such parks, cross fertilization of different ways of creative and critical thinking lead to innovation. Ideas are put together, leading to incubation of prototypes to be patented and rolled out to industry for mass production.
Today, university research and science parks are found all over the world, but are mostly concentrated in developed countries; over 140 are found in North America alone.
Science and Technology Parks (STPs) are encouraged by governments, in order to fuse university research into tangible products for industry and thus produce â€œthe triple helixâ€.
Wherever they are, new companies sprout, their tax bases are expanded and employment opportunities to citizens created. Land and other taxes are usually waived off or reduced along a number of years, in order to attract new companies, called tenants.
The role of STPs in development is evident in their large presence not only in the USA, China and Europe but also in the Newly Industrialized Countries (NICs). Notable among these are India, Korea, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Brazil. Note that in Africa, it is only Botswana, Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa who are members of the IASP.
Since we are an ICT Centre of Excellence, MMU TechnoPark will strongly link with the Konza ICT Hub whose layout (first picture) for enhancement of The Vision 2030.
Develop technology and nurture innovations for incubation of prototypes for start-up companies in relevant areas, focusing into The Vision 2030 and beyond.
- Mobilization of funds from The Kenyan Government and Industries to develop the MMU Technology Park.
- iEnhance Research and Development (R&D) in Technology by directly engaging both students, lecturers and industrialists.
- Market research findings and innovation products.
- Link with other local, regional and international STPs through IASP.
- Promote Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) for integration of Knowledge.
- Ensure and facilitate the registration and protection of Intellectual Property Rights of prototypes and other products.
The Park will initially achieve its strategic objectives through provision of accommodation of research and industrial activities that will benefit from incubation processes in focal areas such as:
- Digitization of the electronics industries
- Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) eg. Industrial and Educational Software Development
- Multimedia Technologies and Products eg. Animation.
- Alternative power supply sources.
- Packaging of electronic sub-systems.
Prof. Robert Jallang'o Akello, PhD Director,
Industrial Park & Incubation Centre (IPIC)
Prof. Robert Jallang'o Akello, PhD Director
Address: Department of Electrical and Communications Engineering,
Engineering Building, Suite ELEC 021,
Multimedia University College of Kenya,
P.O. Box 30305,
Telephone: + 254 (0) 20 2071391 ext 2501 (Office)
+ 254 (0) 726 654 722 (Mobile).
1. The East African Posts and Telecommunications
• Technical Officer in Training, Central Training School, Mbagathi, 1966-1966.
2. Barclays Bank International, Queensway Branch, Nairobi.
• Technical Trainee,1966-1966.
3. Voice of Kenya + The Kenya Polytechnic, Nairobi.
• Assistant Engineer/Lecturer, 1972-1977: Acquaintance with the Broadcasting System in Kenya with a view of suggesting improvement especially towards FM Transmission/ Training of Broadcasting Technicians to teach at The Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC)
4. The University of Nairobi.
• Lecturer, 1977-1984
• Senior Lecturer, 1984-1987
• Associate Professor, May 1987 - 2004.
5. Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (1st October 2004 – now)
• Full Professor of Electrical and Communications Engineering, 2004-2011
• Director, Science and Technology Park + Industrial/International Linkages (STPIL) April 2005-April 2010
6. Multimedia University College of Kenya (1st April 2011 – now)
• Full Professor of Electrical and Communications Engineering, 2011-now
• Director, Industrial Park + Incubation Centre (21st February, 2012 – now) Click here to download Prof: Akello CV