The Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat (VDS) on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Karatina University that will see among others, right ecosystems built to boost urban development around the communities bordering the institution.
The Secretariat has begun a transformative plan to use higher institutions of learning as catalysts for urban and socio-economic growth.
We want to borrow from the best and most successful models where universities have built ecosystems like a city and converted the institution into a University City and center for urban growth, said VDS Director General, Dr. Julius Muia.
In the MoU, Vision 2030 seeks to deepen collaboration with the University which among other activities, includes developing a model of engagement to promote acceptance, appreciation and ownership of the Vision 2030 blueprint.
Dr. Muia said Universities have an important role to play in the nearby communities and in all aspects of socio-economic development.
Ultimately, we will begin to realize that by transforming the areas around Universities into cities, the institutions will in turn transform themselves, said Dr. Muia.
He said the Secretariat was keen to promote improved access to quality education, healthcare, water, security, and environment while entrenching issue-based politics from an academic angle.
We need a master plan for an organized urban development. This MoU is timely because we will be accepting 2, 500 more students in the next intake and they will require food, accommodation and security, said Karatina University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mucai Muchiri.
Prof. Muchiri said the institution has already engaged the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on safe cities project to build peaceful and mutually benefiting relationship with nearby communities.
A joint publication from Karatina University and VDS on cohesion and national values to guide locals in the area as well as surveys on where graduates ended up after school life would be developed to address youth unemployment and policy change.
Kenya Vision 2030, launched by President Kibaki in June 2008, is the national long-term development policy that aims to transform Kenya into a newly industrializing, middle-income country providing a high quality of life to all its citizens by 2030 in a clean and secure environment.
Within the last five years, Vision 2030 Delivery Secretariat has successfully managed to co-ordinate the rollout of key flagship projects covering the economic, social and political pillars and the Enablers and Macro (infrastructure, ICT, land reforms among others).
Source: Kenya News Agency