Chancellor Urges Counties to Invest in Higher Education

Joel Chelule, Director Eldoret Campus recieves Prof. Maloiy (left) and other officias at the Campus

Joel Chelule, Director Eldoret Campus receives Prof. Maloiy (left) and other officials at the Campus

County Governments have been urged to support and take advantage of the various skill based training programmes brought by increased establishments of university campuses now to be found in almost all counties across the country.

Unlike in the past when the country’s employees registered low productivity due to lack of relevant training, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) the Chancellor, Prof. Geoffrey Ole Maloiy said, Universities had now introduced tailor-made programmes, at various levels suitable for the diverse categories of learners.

The Chancellor who was on a familiarization visit to JKUAT Campuses in Kisumu, Kakamega, Kitale and Eldoret from April 20 – 21, 2015, commended the County governments of Kisumu, Kakamega, Trans Nzoia and Uasin Gishu for recognizing the importance of education and implementing staff training programmes. The gesture according to the chancellor, would lead to improved quality service delivery.

Robert Makhanu, Leader of Majority, Kakamega County who is pursuing a degree in leadership and governance at JKUAT Kakamega Campus  address students and staff at the campus

Robert Makhanu, Leader of Majority, Kakamega County who is pursuing a degree in leadership and governance at JKUAT Kakamega Campus address students and staff at the campus

“These are the kind of investments county governments should engage in. Counties that have invested in staff training will soon be the envy of many.”

He further called on the counties to increase their training budgets as a way of enhancing their competiveness.

Prof. Maloiy who was with the  Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga and Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs Prof. Romanus Odhiambo commended JKUAT management for its quality standards in education that he said, were instrumental in projecting the university’s academic programmes and alumni as the most  preferred in the country.

“JKUAT is a University to watch given its standing, not only in Kenya and beyond if its recent high ranking on the industry preference of its alumni is anything to go by,” the Chancellor told enthusiastic staff and students in the various campuses he visited.

A recent survey placed JKUAT alumni as the second most sought after in the country’s job market among Kenya’s public universities.

Postgraduate student at Kisumu Campus join JKUAT officials at the institution

Postgraduate student at Kisumu Campus join JKUAT officials at the institution

In her address, Prof. Imbuga appealed to the entire university community to be alert in the wake of terror threats emerging in the country. She urged staff and students to be vigilant and report any suspicious characters to relevant state authorities.

She advised staff and students to continue maintaining discipline by avoiding anything that could distract them from their work or studies. “We are a brand name and must at all time, safeguard this brand, “she said.

Also present were the Dean of Students, Mrs. Emma Omulokoli and the Chief Corporate Communications Officer, Dr. Hindzano Ngonyo

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