Public-Private Partnership Critical in Enhancing Academic Standards

Round-table discussion between UNISA and JKUAT team

Collaborative efforts between academia, public and private sector is key in contributing to the quality assurance of the curricula geared towards producing holistic  graduates who are ready for the job market.

According to Prof. Solomon Magano, a don at the University of South Africa, School of Agriculture and Life Sciences, their institution has successfully managed to harness the public and private sector expertise by creating an advisory committee for the curricula which plays a key role in creating all rounded students who are attuned to the job market demands.

The Agricultural scholar was speaking at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), when he led a team of four other representatives from the University of South Africa (UNISA) in discussions aimed at exploring possible areas of training and research collaborations particularly in the agricultural sector.

Prof. Magano also pointed out that Non-profit organizations were key to research advancement in the universities stating that their advanced research facilities would provide exquisite equipment which universities rarely afford.

Mr. Johan Ooosthuizen, agricultural expert, also highlighted the importance of Work Integrated Learning (WIL) which brings together academia, private and public sector to ensure students develop the ability to integrate their learning through a combination of academic and work-related activities.

JKUAT and UNISA team pose for a group photo

While thanking the UNISA team for the visit, the Principal, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (COANRE), Prof. David Mburu, underscored the importance of Inter-university research collaborations across the continent, saying it will enhance linkages and be vital in solving the challenges facing Africa.

Present during the meeting included the Strategic Partnerships Officer, MS. Siza Magubane; Dean, Natural Resources and Animal Health Sciences, Dr. Francis Njonge; Dean of School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, Prof. Elijah Ateka;  Prof. Losenge Turoop and Prof. Florence Kyallo.

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