By Carol Njenga
The World Bank has availed a grant worth 800 million shillings to finance strengthening of the capacity of universities in areas of training and research.
The money will mainly target students pursuing courses in agriculture, health, education and applied statistics.
According to a survey by the Inter-University Council for East Africa, out of the 50,000 students who graduate annually, only half of them have relevant skills for employment. And of these graduates, more than half are not suited to their career choice.
The grant will be channeled through the Inter-University Council for East Africa to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions to deliver quality education and collaborative research in development priority areas.
The cash will mainly target to improve regional collaboration in teaching and research as well as bridge the skills gap.
The project will strengthen 24 competitively selected African centers of excellence in five clusters of regional priorities including industry, agriculture, health, education and applied statistics.
Among the Kenyan universities to benefit include Egerton University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University and Moi University.