Universities Advised to Retain their Best Students

Prof. Abdulrazak gestures during a presentation

Kenyan universities have been urged to come up with schemes of retaining their best graduating students to boost the country’s pool of highly skilled human resources.

The Secretary/Chief Executive Officer of the National Council for Science and Technology (NCST), Prof. Shaukat A. Abdulrazak, regretted that graduating students with higher potential were easily getting poached by foreign universities, thereby ending up working in those countries.

He said for the country to realize its Vision 2030 economic blueprint, high caliber personnel are required. He challenged professors to put in place mentorship programmes to prepare graduates to take up roles in pushing national agenda.

Prof Abdulrazak was speaking Tuesday March 8, 2011 at JKUAT during the oral presentations of shortlisted proposals for the 3rd Call for Science, Technology and Innovation (ST&I) grants. The NCST was established in 1977 and is mandated to advise the Government on all aspects of ST&I and it administers the Grant.

The Grant support research and innovations in priority areas in relation to Vision 2030, Medium term plan and Sector plans. At total of 36 public and private institutions are funded.

The thematic area for the 3rd Call (2010/11) is “Food Security and Climate Change” with a total of 28 proposals set to receive support. One such is “Collection and Molecular Characterization of Wild Edible Mushrooms in Kenya” by Dr.Justus M. Onguso (JKUAT), Dr.Lexa G. Matasyo (Egerton), Dr. J. Mutisya (KARI) and DR. Wanjiru Wahihenya (JKUAT). More…

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