The Second Quarterly Innovation Forum dubbed, ‘Innovation Opportunities from Israel-Kenya Relations took place today 19th April. The event was held at the Main campus Taifa Hall.
The Guest Speaker was Israel Ambassador to Kenya, Yahel Vilan. Mr Vilan emphasized on the need to nurture the innovative spirit in Kenya since the country has big and vibrant opportunities that can be nurtured. He noted that Kenya can learn a lot from Israel and he shared the different highlights that have led to Israel’s success story on innovative technologies.
The Ambassador also noted that one of the reasons why Israel has been successful in their startup businesses is because they have taken risks and also because of the collaborations between the government and the private sector. The Israel government has also fully embraced and supported the private sector in their businesses.
Speaking at the event, Ag. Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Production and Extension, Prof. Jane Mariara said that the university has positioned innovation as one of its defining pillars of leadership.
This is the second public forum on innovation. The first forum was held on February 23rd 2016 with the Guest Speaker being the CEO of Konza Techo City Engineer George Tanui who gave a presentation on “The Role of Universities in Building Kenya’s Innovation Ecosystem”.
The forum was attended by staff, students and members of the public.