18 January 2013
Content from our Premium Partner

African Development Bank (Abidjan)

Kenyan University Celebrates Graduation of a New Pool of Science and Technology Students

press release

On December 7, 2012, in a speech to the graduating class of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki thanked the African Development Bank (AfDB) for its continued support to the development of Kenya's Education Sector.

Kenya's growing economy is hampered by a large shortage of skilled workers such as engineers and scientists. Forty per cent of Kenya's working population is either unemployed or underemployed.

The university, celebrating its sixth graduation ceremony, is a beneficiary of an AfDB project on Enhancement of Quality and Relevance in Higher Education, Science and Technology. This US $43.7 million project supports training institutions to build skills needed in the changing labour market.

An estimated 11,900 students, including women, will benefit from the project. In addition, 500 teaching staff in engineering and applied sciences will receive master's level training and a further 200 at the doctorate level. The project is expected to trigger an influx of skilled engineers that will benefit Kenya as well as East Africa.

As part of its New Education Model for Africa, the AfDB invests in education, science, technology and innovation to raise competitiveness and skills, particularly among women in Africa. The continent's rapidly growing workforce is predicted to match or even surpass those of China and India by 2050.

For Africa to capture this demographic dividend, it needs to invest in education and training that matches skills with jobs in an increasingly technologically driven market.

Copyright © 2013 African Development Bank. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 800 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.