The Directorate of Resource Mobilization and Strategic Initiatives, successfully negotiated for a Memorandum of Understanding with Kenya Climate Innovation Center(KCIC) on Thursday, April 28th 2022.
Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC) is an innovative and youth driven organization housed within Strathmore University (Business School) and has managed to raise substantial funding from various donors to fund climate change related youth enterprises.
The signing of the MOU took place on 1st November, 2022 in the School of Education complex and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (AF) Prof. Wilson Ng’etich representing the Vice-Chancellor presided over the activity. The KCIC CEO Mr. Joseph Murabula signed the MoU and stated that KCIC is excited to work with the university as a center of innovation together with its young population to create solutions that fight climate change.
In his address Prof. Ng’etich cited that the University of Eldoret was initially established as a large-scale farmers training center and currently a center of excellence in agriculture, environmental science and natural resource management and therefore the collaboration with KCIC was timely. Prof. Ng’etich appreciated the generous support that KCIC availed to UOE during the Agribusiness Trade Fair in September 2022 as Platinum sponsors and further mentioned that working together will help develop strategies for youth involvement.
The Chief Executive Officer KCIC, said that they were elated to have the MOU signed and indicated that this was the first MOU with a University. He further stated that he believed research in food insecurity and climate change will be seamless since UOE is working in these two areas. He further stated that KCIC provides working space for startup companies and facilitates networking, business meetings and also providing access to technical facilities including;
- Tools for idea testing and demonstration
- Amenities for initial production and manufacturing; and that all KCIC solutions support entrepreneurship.
The CEO KCIC, mentioned that they organize youth boot camp namely “vijana-bootcamp” which is agricultural based and believed that this would be of great interest to UOE students and he will inform when the next one will be taking place for the students to participate. He also informed that KCIC is the most successful innovation center in Africa and is celebrating 10th anniversary.
Prof. Ng’etich also acknowledged the privilege of being the first university to sign an MoU with KCIC and assured that the university would work towards its implementation. It was agreed that the University establishes a committee in order to have the implementation of the MOU realized.
Present during the MoU signing were the delegation from KCIC comprising of the CEO Mr. Joseph Murabula, Mr. Stephen Musyoka, Ms. Rhoda Odhira, Mr. Hillary Maket, members of UOE led by Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration & Finance (representing Vice-Chancellor UOE), Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Planning, Research & Extension, Senior Legal Officer, Ag. Director Industrial Linkages Partnerships & Collaborations, Prof. Julius Ochuodho and Cooperate Affairs & Marketing department representatives.
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