Zetech University has entered into a partnership with the Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry – Kiambu Chamber (KNNCI) to enhance capacity building among the youth in the Country. The firms signed an MOU with the aim of effectively developing highly skilled and innovative workforce for the industry.
This is in response to the Ministry of Education’s move to establish career centres in universities to reduce the unemployment rate in the country as well as ensure students are equipped to deal with the dynamic issues of the world.
The partnership also seeks to provide a platform for growth and development of human capital granted that it is the most important competitive factor that could make the country other county clinch an edge in global competitiveness.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Njenga Munene noted that the collaboration was informed by a needs assessment study conducted by the University that pointed out the critical need of providing continuity in governance both in public and private sector reforms, which must be spearheaded by an progressive human capital, in line with Vision 2030.
“We are excited to kick off this timely partnership that will see the Zetech University use resources available to integrate its expertise in process improvement and technology to provide workable solutions to KNNCI- Kiambu Chamber and the larger County in the areas of ICT, Business management and engineering, through its multi-disciplinary team of experts.”
He added that the Varsity’s students will access internship opportunities where they will be equipped with the knowledge and skills required to exploit their potential in entrepreneurship, transformational leadership and lifelong skills.
Commenting on the collaboration, KNCCI-Kiambu Chamber Chairman Mr. Richard Ndung’u, lauded the partnership that will see his organisation introduce the University’s graduates to business opportunities Database System (BODS) as well as facilitate data collection and database building (E-Directory) as a platform for exchange and business clearing, among other roles.
“There is need to connect institutions of higher learning with businesses in the County to ensure we produce a capable workforce for the employment and entrepreneurial sectors and spur our economic growth as a Country. We are grateful to Zetech University for the opportunity to work together to build the Kiambu County, and the Country as a whole.” said Mr Ndung’u.
The partnership, which will accelerate economic growth, endorse entrepreneurship and promote innovation in both formal and informal sectors, will also see the Chamber engage the University on trainings and exhibitions within Kiambu County to enable entrepreneurial learners practice what they learn in class and provide a platform for talented students under the Zetech University talent identification and development programme to showcase their skills.