The Big 4 Agenda is a driving force for all sectors within Kenya.
The 4 pillars which form the foundation for the development of the nation, map out key sectors that Kenyans should concentrate on, in an effort to build the nation. The four areas of concentration include enhancing manufacturing, food security and nutrition, universal health coverage and affordable housing. Kenya’s youth are expected to play a vital role in achieving the Big 4 Agenda which makes the education and training of the youth a significant component.
Here are 5 courses to consider that could help align yourself with the Big 4 Agenda:
1. Energy Technology
Efficient energy technology is indispensable when it comes to the growth of a nation. As Kenya looks to a more self-reliant future, energy technology could be the key to unlocking the growth of the economy. A degree in energy technology is marketable and could help position any graduate within various parastatals as well as the private sector. Courses in energy technology are available locally at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
The course content covers solar energy, biomass energy, even energy use, and resource management.
2.Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering
Integral to the Big 4 Agenda is the aspect of manufacturing. With Kenya’s growth booming, the nation is strategically placed as one of the fastest growing economies in Africa. According to the African Development Bank, Kenya’s “GDP grew an estimated 5.9% in 2018, from 4.9% in 2017, supported by good weather, eased political uncertainties, improved business confidence, and strong private consumption. On the supply side, services accounted for 52.5% of the growth, agriculture for 23.7%, and industry for 23.8%.”
Manufacturing is set to play a key role in pushing forward Kenya’s economy. Courses in the area of manufacturing are available locally through the prestigious University of Nairobi. Students are taught to develop and create physical artifacts, production processes, and technology. It is a very broad area which includes the design and development of products.
3. Geospatial engineering
Resting on the aspect of affordable housing in the Big 4 Agenda, geospatial engineering is warranted for better-planned cities and towns. The course is available locally in the University of Nairobi. The emerging field seeks to teach students “land development, communications, utilities, government services, and everything else that involves spatial considerations” according to Career Match.
Food security and nutrition are vital to the growth of a nation. Although Kenya is over 50, we are yet to establish an agricultural industry that is able to sustain the ever-growing population. According to Strathmore‘s course load for an Msc. In Agribusiness, “the degree program provides a unique blend of analytical, behavioral economics and business capabilities. The program explores management and innovation in the context of the distinctive relationship between land, agribusiness and the global trading environment.”
Food production management and transport logistics among many other course considerations are essential in ensuring the efficiency of the agricultural sector.
5. Food, Nutrition, and Diabetics
A healthy and strong population is a key component of the Big 4 Agenda. Along with great healthcare, food and nutrition have far-reaching effects on how quickly the economy grows. According to Egerton University the “expertise and subject content in Foods, Nutrition, and Dietetics prepare professionals capable of providing services in various settings to help solve health and nutritional problems associated with food and nutrition inadequacies at the individual, family, and at the community levels.”
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