Universities have been challenged to establish innovation hubs through public-private partnerships that will enable graduates become competitive on both the local and domestic market.
Addressing Kabarak University graduates, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru observed that through the hubs such as the Ajira platform that links users to online opportunities will help in curbing the soaring unemployment gap among the youths.
He noted that this will promote the big four agenda include Universal healthcare, manufacturing and industrialization, affordable and sustainable food sufficiency.
According to Mucheru, as at 2017, Kenya’s unemployment rate was recorded at 26%; which he says was among the highest and through such initiatives that provide limitless flexible opportunities, students will have the urge to be more creative and produce quality output that will steer the country’s development ahead.
Another hub includes the Huduma white box which was launched in October this year.
The CS said that this platform that will create a collaborative community of entrepreneurs and innovators creating a channel for one who wants to sell or suggest an idea, product or a solution to the government with priority given to products that focus the Big 4 agenda addressing government’s challenges as well as priorities.
He advised the over 700 graduates to desist from engaging in retrogressive practices but instead invest their time, money and resources to areas that will positively impact the various development sectors in the country.