NMG Editorial Director Hails Students’ Innovations

Prof. Imbuga (right) receives a book gift from Mr. Mshindi. Looking on is Prof Kahangi.

Prof. Imbuga (right) receives a book gift from Mr. Mshindi. Looking on is Prof Kahangi.

The Nation Media Group (NMG) Chief Operating Officer and Editorial Director Mr. Tom Mshindi has hailed JKUAT’s students for demonstrating exceptional talent and vibrancy in coming up with innovations that could be commercialized to improve livelihoods.

Mr. Mshindi who was accompanied by NMG Commercial Manager Pamela Abwoga; Business Manager Dorcas Mahianda, and Sales Executive Andrew Eshapai, was speaking at JKUAT main campus, Juja, where he had paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga, Monday, June 16, 2014.

The veteran journalist observed that “there was a lot of exciting things taking place in institutions of higher learning such as JKUAT, yet very little is in public domain.”

“Is it the media that is not doing an efficient job to tell the stories on TV, Radio or newspapers, or is it the universities themselves?”Mshindi posed poignantly.

He thus called for an engaging interaction between JKUAT and NMG on a gamut of activities including what is happening in the research laboratories with a view of quenching the hunger for information that currently exists.

The Group Editorial Director singled out the three wheeled tractor as one of the innovations that banking institutions could be willing to fund in order to commercialize and mass-produce.

He thus vouched for the creation of what he described as “a utilitarian relationship between JKUAT and NMG.”

Mshindi looks at the futuristic architectural design model of JKUAT.

Mshindi looks at the futuristic architectural design model of JKUAT.

Citing the Next Big Thing initiative, Mr. Mshindi said his organization was keen to nurture innovative ideas from students and other persons which could improve livelihoods by linking them up with potential funders who could expose what students are doing to the outside world.

He challenged researchers and innovators in institutions of higher learning to remember that “what they come up with in the labs is incomplete unless the people are made aware of it and its usefulness. This is part of our conversations.”

The Vice Chancellor highlighted the milestones JKUAT has made since its inception in 1994, as the it readies to mark its 20th Anniversary later this year.

Prof Imbuga gave the entrepreneurial trajectory that the university has taken in recent years in the face of dwindling state funding, and  said JKUAT is one of the universities in the region endowed with exceptionally creative and innovative students who churn cutting edge innovations that  need to be taken up to address the challenges facing humanity.

She thus urged NMG to come on board and share the journalistic knowledge and skills with students pursuing communication and media related studies at JKUAT, including the students training, internships and academic scholarships to innovative students among others.

Those who were present included Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Romanus Odhiambo and Prof. Esther Kahangi; Registrars Muchai Mbugua and Kamau Chege among others.

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