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Solve the Equation East-Africa (SEE) coordinator, Dr. Andrew G. Thaiyah (left), Principal, Prof. Agnes Mwangombe (second left) and Dean, Faculty of Agriculture, Prof. John Kimenju (second right), together with other lecturers during the launch of the program at 8.4.4 Lecture hall.
CAVS has launched an Entrepreneurship and Innovation Club Program whose operations will be facilitated by Solve the Equation East -Africa (SEE). Solve the Equation East-Africa (SEE) is a collaborative network between four Universities, located within East- Africa (Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda) based on a continuum of the existing Dutch funded - SPARK –UP project and the USAID- funded OHCEA project. The collaborating Universities include Umutara Polytechnic (Lead Institution), Rwanda, Makerere University, Uganda, University of Nairobi, Kenya and Muhimbiri University, Tanzania. The program is a collaborative program with Tufts University (USA) and is funded by MasterCard foundation through the Taillores Network of Universities.
During the launch, the College Principal, Prof. Mwang’ombe, acknowledged the project as an instrumental activity geared towards achieving financial growth in the agriculture sector in Kenya.
The primary goal of this prestigious program is to increase graduate employment in East Africa through innovative educational solutions. Some of the objectives of the program include; identifying technical skills required in meeting socio-economic trends in the East African Community, equipping graduates with these technical skills and establishing a sustainable network between tertiary educational institutions, government and industry through strong linkages built on regular stakeholder platforms and attachments.
SEE coordinator, Dr. Andrew G. Thaiyah, identified strategies set to meet these goals and objectives. Some of which involve; establishment of a baseline assessment of skills needs, review final year curriculum to include entrepreneurship and developing in-service short courses while simultaneously identifying the human and infrastructural resources required to transfer these skills.
‘The synergy between institutions will help bridge human resource gaps of individual institutions and allow regional uniformity,’ he said.
The program will further support the piloting and mentoring of successful business ideas up to their full commercialization. Also, Institute-industry relationships will be established and sustained through various platforms such as open days, interactive web interfacing, quarterly bulletins and face to face visits.
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