The World Bank has provided a grant worth 800 million kenyan shillings (about 7.9 million US dollars) to finance strengthening of the capacity of East African universities in the areas of training and research.
The money will mainly target students pursuing courses in agriculture, health, education and applied statistics.
According to a survey by the Inter-University Council for East Africa, out of the 50,000 students who graduate in the sub-region annually, only half have relevant skills for employment and of these graduates, more than half are not suited to their career choice.
The grant will be channeled through the Inter-University Council for East Africa to strengthen the capacity of higher education institutions to deliver quality education and collaborative research in development priority areas.
The funds will mainly target improving regional collaboration in teaching and research as well as bridging the skills gap.
The project will strengthen 24 competitively selected African centres of excellence in five clusters of regional prioritiesm including industry, agriculture, health, education and applied statistics.
Among the Kenyan universities to benefit are Egerton University, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University and Moi University.
Source: Nam News Network