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(Left) Mr. Ritin Koria, Associate Expert- innovation, UNIDO, Prof. Henry Mutoro, Acting DVC- Academic Affairs and Prof. Lucy Irungu, DVC -Research, Production and Extension during the meeting.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) has been considered for participation in the United Nations Industrialization and Development Organization (UNIDO) project.

The project is on the Kenya National System of innovation with an aim of improving the implementation of science and technology, and innovation as part of industrial development in Kenya. This was revealed in a meeting between the University and representatives from UNIDO.

Through its activities, outputs and outcomes, the UNIDO project will address the lack of coherent evidence-based measures for guiding policy prescriptions in the elaboration and implementation of science, technology and innovation within the industrial development of Kenya.  

Participation in the project is ideal for the University as research, innovation and technology is key to the University.  UoN has been involved in various research projects and successful initiatives have been realized including the establishment of the Science and Technology Pack.

While welcoming the initiative on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Henry Mutoro, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), Academic Affairs, said that the project findings would not only benefit the University but the  country as well.

In addition, Prof. Lucy Irungu, DVC, Research, Production and Extension, highlighted that through various collaborations, the University has been able to tap into different resources that have given UoN’s research output a major boost. However, research facilities have been a challenge that the University has been trying to address.  UoN is looking to increase her research output and grow its portfolio which currently stands at Kshs. 3 Billion.

Mr. Ritin Koria, Associate Expert- innovation, UNIDO, said that efficiency and effectiveness of the innovation and industrial policy and the articulation within economic policy will be addressed by the UNIDO project through the establishment of a database for the longitudinal monitoring of the Kenya’s science, technology and innovation system. He said that the project would involve a survey.

Present during the meeting was Prof. Bernard Njoroge, Principal, College of Architecture and Engineering, Dr. Kamau Gachigi, UoN Science and Technology Pack and Prof. S. Mitema, Director, Centre for International Programmes and Linkages.