LIWA’s mandate is to create and institutionalize linkages between Academia and Industry development in areas of Research, Science, Innovation, skills and Technology. In so doing LIWA seeks to strengthen the quality and relevance of:
Joint Industry-Academia programmes development
Research and Innovation production and scholarship.
Student and faculty engagement with Private sector.
Competency Based Training (CBET) and entrepreneur education.
Innovation and Technology Transfer.
Academic and industry data analytics, graduates employability
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University-Industry Linkages case study done by LIWA in partnership with Maastricht school of management (MSM) in order to measure Industry- Academia interactions.
Technical university of Kenya – Samsung
Samsung engineering academy partnered with Technical University of Kenya (TUK) to launch an engineering academy to help build competency based educational training by equipping them with the industrial skills required in repair and maintenance of air conditioning of refrigeration units’ Household products and mobiles. The whole point of Samsung was to ensure when Samsung is out there we have locals who have technical skills and are able to repair and maintain their products, even if they are not hired by Samsung
Egerton University –Seed Unit
Egerton University established Agro-Science Park to link Industry, farmers and Communities to market and commercialize their products. Egerton University in collaboration with Seed Industry and Agro-dealers that is involved in promotion and commercialization of new high yielding crop varieties to farmers developed from Research.
2010 Seed-unit: release of varieties of beans -> high multi qualities varieties
Objective of the project is to look for partners who can buy and look for markets. So we are trying as much as possible to link them (farmers) to the industry.
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology – TAIFA
Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology partnered with Nairobi Industrial and Technological Park (NITP) and the Ministry of Industrialization and Enterprise Development (MOIED) to assemble the TAIFA Brand laptop. The project advances the triple heritage of providing world-class solutions, creating jobs and wealth and creating the pride of our Nation in the spirit of “Buy Kenya, Build Kenya”.
Flagship project: JKUAT and MOIED - 100% JKUAT funded
2014 : assembly line from China – proof of concept
Government: Digital literacy project (DLP) project application Model: supply and support
Motivation: One laptop per child; assembly – improve skills
Key factors: Network; stakeholder; efficiency; cultural awareness; link internally
Government: Part of Park; Digital literacy program; competition
Partner: Resilience; push through; soft-skills
Outcomes: Trained service providers; innovation – educational tool;
ripple effect – government policy; attract and retain pupils; connectivity