Zetech taps on research, talent development to enrich campus experience
A holistic university experience is not only built on academic training, but on extracurricular activities students engage in during their time on campus.
Zetech University has raised the bar in this area, leveraging technology, collaboration and experience to establish a fulfilling campus experience for its growing student base.
Training students beyond the classroom in community engagement and social development, the University is determined to create a learning environment that teaches students to not only thrive in business and work, but also in life.
“Universities play a major role in the development of an integrative community, and this demands that we groom graduates who excel academically, socially and in talent-centred programs through CSR programs and club activities,” said Deputy Vice Chancellor, Academics, Research, Extension and Student Affairs Dr. Alice Njuguna.
She noted that this perspective triggered the institution to establish a sports scholarship program that doubles up as community service as it enables talented but less privileged students to access quality higher education while growing their sporting skills.
Through this, the Zetech football ladies team captain Puren Alukwe and striker Faith Machora were called up to the ladies national football team, the Harambee Starlets, who play Zambia this April.
“Our talent management program has seen us invest millions and build lasting collaborations to ensure our sports men and women grow their skills while studying. For instance, our partnership with the Kenya Footballers Welfare Association (KEFWA) has seen us grow the number of players we bring on board, providing to them the opportunities they need to excel,” said Dr. Njuguna.
Additionally, the University launched mandatory entrepreneurship classes for all students to prepare them to become distinguished market leaders and employers. According to VC Prof Njenga Munene, teaching entrepreneurship is a way of empowering trainees to become innovative and creative, and integrating the business classes with research activities, results in producing innovative and self-reliant graduates.
“To complement the academic experience, we have increased focus on research and innovation, training students to think critically and develop solutions that address national and global challenges. Some of our graduates such as Fabrice Mugabe have built innovations such as MograSchool, an online learning platform for primary and secondary schools, among other innovations, giving them a platform to grow and contribute to economic growth,” said Prof. Munene.
“Moreover, our annual research conferences and training workshops bring together government leaders, scholars and corporate influencers, giving learners the much-needed networking and mentorship opportunities they can leverage on now and after the graduate.”
As the University brings in more students and the right personnel to train them, it is keen on continually working with industry players to enrich the Zetech campus experience.