Universities should continue being knowledge producers and convert ideas into tangible products that can compete effectively in the local and international market. 

Speaking during a closing ceremony for the just concluded 12th Universities exhibition held at Poa Place Resort in Eldoret on 28th March 2014, Cabinet Secretary of Education Prof.Jacob Kaimenyi asked universities to provide relevant programmes and produce competent graduates.

He reiterated the need to expand universities and think about offering quality market-driven education, embracing diversity and specifically, be able to convert universities into centers of excellence. He said that universities should cut a niche for themselves and focus on their particular areas of interest.

He pointed out that the exhibition came at a time when universities are supposed to make good account of themselves under the new constitutional dispensation operating under a devolved system of governance. 

Prof. Kaimenyi asked Universities to engage in public discourse and contribute to national growth. “More importantly, institutions of higher learning should provide accessibility of research material electronically,” he noted, challenging the Commission for Higher Education (CUE) to introduce some home-grown ranking criteria for universities.

In a rare show of teamwork during this year’s universities exhibition, Vice Chancellor Prof. Fredrick Otieno spent the whole day on Friday 28th March 2014 with MMUST exhibitors after visiting all the departments exhibiting.

The Vice Chancellor who was keen on commercialization of innovations, encouraged the MMUST exhibitors to write business proposals that clearly indicate the financial projections in order to attract university funding. 

While visiting the Centre for Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance (CDMHA) Stand, the VC appreciated the volumes of journals published but stressed the need to have an independent or external editor who will have a non-partisan approach in order to give credit to the journals.

Prof. Otieno asked the Electrical Engineering exhibitors to extend their innovation for the benefit of the University. He pointed out that the light temperature sensor could be developed further and be implemented in the university in order to cut down on electricity costs.

Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology, led in a health sensitization campaign where screening for breast cancer, cervical cancer and prostate cancer was conducted with a record number of people volunteering. 

The Department of Optometry and Vision Sciences was well represented as MMUST prides itself as one of the very few universities in East and Central Africa that offers courses on Vision Sciences.

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