Gov’t urged to increase funding to universities for research

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The government has been challenged to increase allocation to universities for research amid grim statistics that indicate current allocations are less than 2% of the GDP.

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A report by the center for political and social research international reveals the University of Nairobi receives the lion’s share of research funding at 538 million shillings among public universities, while Strathmore University is leading in research funding at 100 million shillings among private universities.

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In recent day’s calls have intensified for the government to pump more resources towards research in institutions of higher learning to meet the recommended more than 2% of the GDP towards research as recommended by UNESCO.

Calls that have been supported by a survey by the center for political and social research international that reveals institutions of higher learning are grossly underfunded to conduct research.

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Revealing details of the survey, CPS international research director Prof. Herman Manyora,  cited among public universities the university of Nairobi was the leading in researching funding at 538 million shillings followed by Kenyatta university which receives 457 million shillings while Moi university was third receiving funding of up to 302 million shillings.

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Among Private Universities Strathmore University was the highest funded at 100 million shillings followed by Mt Kenya University which receives 87 million shillings while Aga Khan University receives 75 million shillings for research.

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Private sector players have been urged to support government and county government efforts in funding research in universities to bridge the existing gap.

 

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