Masinde Muliro University hosts KIPPRA Mentorship Programme Event
The KIPPRA Mentorship Programme for Universities (KMPUs) was at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) on 18th March 2019 to enlighten students and lecturers on the public policy making process as well as the government’s development agenda. The theme of the event was ‘Public Policy Making and the Big Four Agenda’.
The KIPPRA team, led by the Board Chair Dr Linda Musumba, Board Member Dr Dinah Samikwo and the Executive Director Dr Rose Ngugi, was welcomed by the Ag. Vice Chancellor Prof. Joseph Bosire. In his welcoming remarks, Prof. Bosire said the discussions would be useful in influencing academic research to ensure it contributes to public policy.
Dr Musumba thanked the university’s leadership for the warm welcome and for agreeing to host the event, saying universities were important stakeholders in the public policy making process and having a platform to engage would help in prioritizing research activities to address emerging development issues as well as focus on future potential opportunities and challenges.
After giving a brief background of the programme, Dr Ngugi emphasized the need for the university community to participate in the public policy making process by generating relevant research evidence, which will be useful in achieving the objectives of the development agenda.
The event included the signing of an MoU between KIPPRA and MMUST, which provided a framework for the institutions’ collaboration and engagement.
The students got a chance to engage directly with the Big Four Agenda through panel discussions as well as question and answer sessions.
During the event, KIPPRA partnered with various institutions whose officers explained the government’s long-term development agenda, national values and principles of governance as well as the employment and support initiatives available for the youth. The institutions were: Kenya Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat, the Directorate of National Cohesion and Values, the National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF), Kenya Youth Employment Opportunities Project (KYEOP), SME Support Centre and the Youth Enterprise Development Fund.
The MMUST event was the fourth since the KMPUs launch at Strathmore University in August 2018. The programme has been rolled out in three other universities: Maasai Mara, Karatina, Garissa University. KMPUs is one of KIPPRA’s capacity building programmes targeting university students (undergraduate and postgraduate) and lecturers. The main objective of the programme is to promote intellectual exchange in understanding the government development policy.
The event concluded with the issuance of certificates to students and lecturers who participated in panel discussions and in organizing the event.