Karatina University’s Collaboration with Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat
Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) as in its name is the main driver of the Kenya’s current blue print and strategy for making Kenya a middle income country in which its citizens enjoy high quality of life in a clean and secure environment. The blue print famed the “Vision 2030” is the national long term development policy formulated towards this goal.
The Vision comprises of three key pillars: Economic; Social; and Political. The Economic Pillar aims to achieve an average economic growth rate of 10 per cent per annum and sustaining the same until 2030. The Social Pillar seeks to engender just, cohesive and equitable social development in a clean and secure environment, while the Political Pillar aims to realize an issue-based, people-centered, result-oriented and accountable democratic system. The three pillars are anchored on the foundations of macroeconomic stability; infrastructural development; Science, Technology and Innovation (STI); Land Reforms; Human Resources Development; Security and Public Sector Reforms.
Karatina University has been engaging with the VDS for now over three years. Prof. Gituro Wainaina the immediate former Director General for VDS has visited the university on several occasions to sensitize both Staff and Students on the national blue print. This is in addition to providing sponsorship to key events such as the university’s career open days. The now current Director General. Dr. Julius Muia delivered a key note speech during the International Conference on National Cohesion and Integration hosted by the University in March this year. VDS was also a key sponsor of the Conference.
Time was ripe to now concretize the different areas of collaborations of mutual interests to both institutions. On 13th October 2017, the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the VDS. The signing of the MOU by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mucai Muchiri and the Director General, Dr. Julius Muia was witnessed by Prof. Aloo-Obudho, DVC ARSA and Ms. Ada Mwagola the Director of the Social Pillar. While welcoming the delegation from Karatina University; Dr. Julius Muia noted that national cohesion and integration is crucial in providing a conducive environment for the key strategies highlighted in the Vision 2030 so as to spike their targeted impact. National cohesiveness and integration is at the moment a key concern in the prevailing political environment. Promotion of national cohesion and integration is hence one of the key identified area of collaboration.
Karatina University as a research institution is posed to make its contribution by participating in various studies whose data would inform review of the blue print. The VDS would be celebrating the 10th Anniversary in the year 2018 since its establishment as the driver for the Vision 2030. Target Impact assessment Studies of the implementation of the national blue print are hence key at this point in time. Data such as level of interaction of the University graduates with the Vision 2030, level of cohesion and integration within counties and other levels of government, a tracer study on graduates in the past five years is also of immense value to the VDS. A study on cities that have evolved from the association with a university is joint area of study of interest by both parties. It is noteworthy that Karatina University has already made its contribution towards the growth of Karatina and so have other universities in the Country and across the globe.
Community development and engagement is a key mandate shared by the two institutions. During the signing, the Cluster Development Strategy was identified as a tool for implementing strategy. The two institutions agreed to map out the various market or business segments in implementation of this strategy. The fish farm sector within Nyeri County was identified as one of those segments that have potential to spur the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the County. It was proposed that workshops will be organized for building capacity on how to go about the implementation of this strategy.
Youth empowerment awareness and motivations is also a key area of interest. The VDS needs youth ambassadors to promote the vision 2030 in a bid to ensure participation by all citizen. A number of surveys and capacity building initiatives are earmarked activities for meeting this purpose.
The members of the University are hence encouraged to actively participle in the implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding. The Deputy Vice Chancellor, ARSA is the overall Coordinator and any interested members in the University should feel free to contact the office for further guidance.