Great Court-Main Campus, University of Nairobi
Innovation showcased at the College of Biological and Physical Sciences stand during Nairobi Innovation Week 1st-5th August 2016
The University of Nairobi will receive an increase of innovation capitation of Ksh. 100 million to cater for the Annual Innovation Week in 2017.
The President of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta made this announcement when he officially opened the second annual innovation week at the University.
The president appealed to other institutions of higher learning to pay key attention to Nairobi Innovation week, so as to start similar initiatives in their institutions.
The president said that the country is still in need of more innovation in health care, education, financial services, security and transport system. “Ingenuity and innovations, not natural resources is what will lead to economic success,” he emphasized.
His Excellency expressed the necessity of Government and Corporate organizations support to innovators, by using innovations of the youth instead of outsourcing products and services which are already locally available.
President Uhuru Kenyatta also commended University of Nairobi for steering innovation, saying “this is a pioneering example. You have shown us a glimpse of what true innovation should look like.”
Cabinet Secretary Ministry of Information, Communications and Technology, Joseph Mucheru emphasized the need for the innovations to be scaled to the market.
ICT Cabinet Secretary also highlighted the need for partnering with institutions. “Innovation week is a partnership of many different institutions aimed to bring people together to bring change. Partnership is key, unity is key,” said Mucheru.
Mr. Mucheru accentuated Government’s initiative to work with partners so as to ensure innovation businesses grow. “We are growing business but we are not listing them for people to know them,” challenged Mucheru .
Mucheru also added that the Government is interested to partner with corporates, universities and innovators across the country.
Prof. Peter Mbithi, University of Nairobi Vice Chancellor, said that his management is committed to support innovation as a redefining pillar in society. This will be a key contribution to the acceleration of national development to attain Vision 2030.
Prof. Mbithi communicated the intention of making Innovation week a game changer in the economy.
The Vice Chancellor also highlighted that the University of Nairobi is ranked the best University in East Africa and top 3% among global universities, as released by the Webometrics University Ranking in July 2016.
Cabinet Secretaries, Principal Secretaries, Ambassadors, University of Nairobi Council, Chancellors, Vice-chancellors, Sponsors and Distinguished guests, Innovators, University management, staff members, students and invited guests, were among those present during the opening of Nairobi innovation week on August 3, 2016.
President of the Republic of Kenya, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, officially opened Nairobi Innovation Week 2016 at the University of Nairobi where he announced an increase of Ksh. 100 Million capitation towards Innovation Week