Israel Deputy Ambassador inspires youth at Zetech
Zetech University today played host to Israel Deputy Ambassador to Kenya Eyal David in a special session held at the university main campus in Ruiru. Centred on encouraging the youth to use their skills and knowledge to contribute towards better relations between the two countries, Mr. Eyal enlightened them on the history and current dealings between Israel and Kenya.
During the courtesy visit, the Deputy Ambassador talked to international relations students and faculty about the opportunities in education, innovation and agriculture targeting the youth in the Country, and larger East African region.
“The youth in Israel and Kenya share the same passion, to excel and adopt innovation to excel in different spheres of life. Currently, we have students about 500 trainees from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi taking up courses in Israel that are competitively applied for and funded by the Country.” said Eyal. He further highlighted Israel’s efforts to build capacity and train trainers in technology for agricultural advancement citing Kenya as an economic hub where young people can tap into opportunity and grow.
Highlighting the chances for learners in the Country to study in his Country, Eyal noted that Israel’s Mashav (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation) and Gloclal programmes that have been active for several years provide support to developing countries through technical training and technology transfer.
On his part, Zetech University Vice Chancellor Prof. Njenga Munene lauded the Israel Government for sustained positive relations with Kenya, especially appreciating the investment in education and innovation. “We are proud to engage with the Deputy Ambassador from the Embassy of Israel to Kenya and be informed on learning opportunities in Israel for our students and the larger Kenyan population. We are especially interested in research and economic investments made by the Country as we strive to be a leading Business University in Kenya. ” said Prof. Munene, adding that the growth of the Middle Eastern country is inspiring to students to use knowledge and capacity gained to build a better Kenya.
He added that the University has increased engagement in linkages and collaborations geared towards effectively preparing students for the industry, having recently added new degree programmes in International Relations, Education, Commerce, and Economics and signed partnership deals with firms such as Samchi Group and Powermax Ltd.
At the close of the session, the students were challenged to explore growth opportunities beyond the classroom to enable them stand out among their peers and have more to offer beyond a certificate.