Academia has been challenged to endorse more industry partnerships to produce graduates who are aligned with the needs of the modern job market. According to the Vice Chancellor, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology(JKUAT), Prof. Victoria Wambui Ngumi, the industry players need to provide the students with useful tips such as job hunting skills and how to write endearing curriculum vitae in readiness for the industry.
The Vice Chancellor was speaking during the official opening of the three-day Career Fair 2019 with the theme “Bridging the Gap Between Education and the Industry” at the University Assembly Hall, February 6, 2019.
For the Country to successfully implement the government’s four pillars of development, Prof. Ngumi pointed out the universities should work closely with the industry, communities and researchers in a bid to continue producing encouraging and practical results, particularly in the form of novelties useful in boosting value addition production activities of the country. She challenged the industry and the government to tap into student’s innovations in order to move student’s innovations from the shelves to the market.
“We have multiple innovations from our students, mainly engineering, agriculture, ICT, health and built environment where a number of them are patented and are actively waiting for investors for commercialization,” said Prof. Ngumi.
Safaricom Chief Human Resource Officer, Mr. Paul Kasimu, encouraged the University to partner with the industry to have a structured and systematic method of training the graduates on personal and social competencies which he said, were key in encouraging leadership and diversity among students.
Mr. Kasimu advised the students to spend more time on important online career sites such as LINKEDIN to interact with other industry players to familiarize with other enterprises.
Bidco Marketing Director, Mr. Chris Diaz, urged the students to join organizations capable of providing them with an opportunity to interact with experts advising that it will form the basis of meaningful networks for their future careers.
On his part, Director, JKUAT’s Intellectual Property Management and University-Industry Liaison (DIPUIL), Eng. Benson Kariuki, advised students to have positive mental attitude in order to be inventive saying that education revolves around knowledge and compassion.
To bridge the gap between education and the Industry, Prof. Kariuki stated that “students should be exposed to great teachers, need driven education, problem solving oriented learning and generate knowledge relevant to our needs and industry requirements”.
Career Fair is an annual event organized by JKUAT through the Jomo Kenyatta University Students Association(JKUSA) to provide an avenue for students to interact with potential employers while getting tips and establishing useful networks for the development of their future careers.