By Joseph Mukubwa.
The Nyeri County Government is working in collaboration with Dedan Kimathi University of Technology to harness the knowledge that the university is generating.
The late Nyeri Governor, Wahome Gakuru had noted the initiative will help to generate knowledge in areas such as coffee research, technology and innovation.
He said the academic institution in partnership with the County Government would achieve national development and industrialization.
Gakuru said he fully supported the drive towards attaining sustainable development for the county and the country.
“The County is especially keen on the upcoming Science and Technology Park that will be hosted by the University. We look forward to building a partnership that will see us use the intellectual resource from this institution to build our county and the nation at large,” he said.
Gakuru was speaking during the official opening of a three-day third Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Conference at the university in Nyeri recently.
“As a University of technology, this Dedan Kimathi University is positioned locally and internationally to focus on Quality Education, Research, Innovation and Technology Transfer. At the community level, this institution has brought education closer to the people and improved their lives through research and training on coffee technology; coffee being a cash crop in this region,” he added.
Gakuru also had promised to support the university towards wealth creation.
This year’s conference theme is “Harnessing Science, Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development”.
He lauded the good work of the institution since inception, saying Nyeri people have witnessed the institution grow from strength to strength.
“What started as a community driven technical institution in 1972 has grown in leaps and bounds to become what Dedan Kimathi University of Technology is right now merely five years since the university got its charter in December, 2012. The University is a trailblazer in the country and region,” he noted.
The Governor was accompanied by university Vice Chancellor Ndirangu Kioni and the CEO Konza Technopolis Construction Authority, John Tanui.
Kioni gave a breakdown on the importance of having a collaborative effort with the upcoming Science and Technology Park at the university.
Tanui, reiterated on the need of institutions of higher learning, the industry and the Government working together towards achieving sustainable development.