Partnership to Commercialize Varsity’s IT Solutions

(From right) Prof. Imbuga, Mr. Longwe and Jasper Kumo, Director, Robisearch signs the Memorandum of Agreement

(From right) Prof. Imbuga, Mr. Longwe and Jasper Kumo, Director, Robisearch signs the Memorandum of Agreement

Over the years, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology has been developing cutting edge IT solutions. Unfortunately, commercialization of these solutions has been a challenge. In order to address this, the University partnered with SimbaNET on a business – IT alignment model that will optimize returns from IT investments, Friday, April 22, 2016.

SimbaNET provides telecommunications services in mission-critical areas, and serves some of the region’s biggest and most respected organizations. The five – year partnership will see SimbaNET harmonize Kenya’s IT activity with JKUAT’s business direction to the mutual benefit of both institutions.

Speaking at the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding, SimbaNET General Manager, Delano Kiilu Longwe commended JKUAT for their invaluable work in research and innovation and was certain, the partnership will be beneficial especially for JKUAT’s young IT innovators, building not only their socio-economic status but also that of the country.

Mr. Longwe on the commitment of SimbaNET to the partnership said, his company will invest and forge other partnerships that are beneficial to the two institutions, setting new trends in the country.

On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, observed that the partnership will enhance academia – industry linkages adding that JKUAT values the need to mentor young innovators who will contribute to the social and economic development of the country.

JKUAT, SimbaNET and Robisearch exchange partnership documents

JKUAT, SimbaNET and Robisearch exchange partnership documents

“I am positive that the partnership will encourage the students to delve into IT applications development encouraging them to be entrepreneurial,” said Prof. Imbuga.

The two institutions also signed a Memorandum of Agreement with Robisearch Limited who developed iTrace (Local tracing application) and Nikague (Security application) hosted by SimbaNET. These two applications were developed by Jasper Kumo and Daniel Ondigo, JKUAT IT students.

The meeting was also addressed by Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic Affairs) Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) Prof. Esther Kahangi and ICT Director, Mwirigi Kiula.

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