Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) has established a Directorate of Intellectual Property and Industry Liaison Office (DIPUIL) to encourage students to innovate and protect innovators’ intellectual property. The institution has produced useful innovations that are still pending commercialization but with the directorate the bridge will be closed.
The university has also a signed a 10 year partnership with Cybercomb to provide education space using frugal technology to foster entrepreneurship and commercialize innovations produced by students.
The deal will see the creation of JKUAT – Cybercomb Innovation Hub that will help to mentor, groom, incubate and commercialize students’ innovations, synchronizing Cybercomb Africa’s IT activities with JKUAT’s strategic direction to optimize returns.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Cybercomb Managing Director, SRS Manian stated that technology innovation has real potential to solve people’s day to day life challenges echoing Cybercomb mantra; ‘Technology for Humanity’.
“This partnership provides a great platform for students to come up with creative innovations that will not only improve their economic status but will also positively impact the lives of this country and beyond,” said Manian.
On her part, Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, insisted that the University values need to train and mentor young innovators who will contribute to the socio-economic development of the country adding that JKUAT students’ capacity for creativity and innovation is a major reason why the university thrives in the field of technology.
“With such partnerships, unemployment will dwindle. There is need to groom and empower these young innovators to become entrepreneurial, making them job creators thus improving their lives and make the country economically prosperous and secure,” observed Prof. Imbuga.
The meeting was also addressed by Cybercomb Director, Sanjy Dash, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension), Prof. Esther Kahangi, and Director, Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park, Dr. Suleiman Oketch