Researchers, innovators and academic scholars have always pointed out that Kenya’s capacity to compete in the global market greatly depends on the ability of her people to innovate and apply the relevant technology for growth and development.
It is on this backdrop that Multimedia University of Kenya, as a leader in innovative technology, is hosting its third edition of the Annual Innovation Week that kicked off today (Tuesday, 20th September 2016) at the Main Conference Centre.
This, is in the spirit of upholding the culture of research and innovation and, also, acknowledging the key role played by universities in skills development and knowledge creation in the country.
The event was officially opened by the Vice Chancellor Amb. Prof. Festus Kaberia. In his address, the VC said that in the knowledge economy, universities are expected to conduct research and train personnel in line the societal needs.
The VC said that MMU Innovation Week is therefore a signature annual event to celebrate and recognize innovations that are relevant to the society.
He said that the weeklong innovation event will present an opportunity for the young scholars to showcase their well thought innovations and ideas to the public.
The Vice Chancellor called on the event’s participants to initiate fruitful discussions on the importance of research and innovations among education stakeholders and industry players, build capacity for young innovators on developing ideas and projects that will help link academia and industry, and create a network among participants that will boost a vibrant research culture at the university.
The VC was flanked by Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs Research and Innovation Prof. Paul Mbatia and Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Finance and Planning Prof. Rosebella Maranga.
On his part, Prof. Mbatia said that the university remain committed to supporting research and innovation and therefore urged all the students to use the opportunity to bring out their ideas and create market for their innovations.
His remarks were echoed by Prof. Maranga who also called on the students to always think creatively and come up with inventions that promote the country’s innovation led development.
The students were also addressed by Communications Authority (CA) of Kenya Assistant Director, Multimedia Technologies, Afred Mugaisi Ambani.
The theme of the event is “Igniting Innovation in 21st Century to achieve Vision 2030.” The innovation week is organized by Research and Innovation Department and will run until Friday, 23rd, September 2016 and will be closed by the Governor of Kericho County Prof. Paul Chepkwony.