NAIROBI, November 14 – Kenyan universities lag behind in the field of research compared to other universities in the world, Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka has said.,
Mr Musyoka urged the management of universities in the country to focus on research if they are to help the country to develop.
“It is high time for the management of public universities to redouble their efforts in the field of research,” he said.
The Vice President made the remarks on Friday at the Kenyatta University Hall, when he received two musical instruments for the institution. The instruments were donated by the Polish government through its Ambassador to Kenya, Ms Anna Grupinska.
Mr Musyoka said there was need for more funds to be sourced for the development of research, saying that it was difficult to achieve the much needed development in the country if more emphasis was not put on the development of research.
He commended the management of Kenyatta University for its efforts to improve the educational standards, saying it was encouraging that the institution was ranked the best in performance contracts.
“It is impressive that everything is being done by the management to improve the academic performance. I want to inform you that we still have a long way to go and that more efforts need to be done to achieve our development goals,” he said.
Mr Musyoka assured of the government’s support, noting that it will work closely with the University’s administration in ensuring that plans to establish a hospital at the institution succeeds.
Ms Grupinska on her part said the Polish government will continue to work closely with its Kenyan counterpart in the field of education among other areas as one way of improving relations between the two countries.
Present was the University’s Vice Chancellor Prof Olive Mugenda.