Higher Education PS Simon Nabukwesi urges universities to borrow international best practices if they are to remain competitive. – Fxsad

Higher Education PS Simon Nabukwesi urges universities to borrow international best practices if they are to remain competitive.

Education Principal Secretary Simon Nabukwesi has urged professionals in universities to engage government consultancy services. [iStockphoto]

Local universities have been asked to seek partnerships in research and exchange programs with international institutions as they prepare students to address the nation’s needs upon graduation.

Speaking at the University of Eldoret’s 11th commencement ceremony held on Thursday, the Chancellor of Higher Education, Simon Nabukwesi, said there was a need to borrow best practices from their international counterparts.

Nabukwesi, who represented Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogun, said: “You don’t look at yourself locally, if you do, you will be playing in the local league.”

He urged the experts in the universities to take up the consultancy services of the government.

“Graduates should be solution providers for the immediate needs of the country rather than being passive job seekers. Take advantage of Hustler and other positive initiatives that provide cheap credit to small and medium enterprises,” PS said.

He commended the university for its consistent performance in teaching its programs.

“I’m thankful to the university for having a virtual graduation ceremony. It’s a sign that many universities are slowly returning to the physical conduct of operations, and that this is a sign that they’ve embraced technology as the new normal,” he said.

A total of 2,548 graduates were awarded degree and diploma certificates.

According to Vice Chancellor Teresa Akenga, the university has achieved great achievements as a pillar of education in the 10 years since its completion.

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