Cement manufacturer Savannah Cement has expanded its Academic support ventures scope, following the signing of a collaborative pact with Karatina University.
The two institutions will collaborate in areas of mutual interest including academic research and student placements within the Savannah Cement network. The firm already holds a similar agreement with Kenyatta University.
Speaking at the MoU signing ceremony at the University’s main campus in Kagochi, near Karatina town, Nyeri County, Savannah Cement Managing Director, Mr. Ronald Ndegwa said the firm would continue pursuing and forging such partnerships as part of its corporate values.
The signing of the collaborative agreement, he said, is geared at enhancing the quality of students joining the labour market by providing practical skills development opportunities at Savannah Cement.
Flanked by Karatina University Vice Chancellor, Prof Mucai Muchiri, the Savannah Cement MD acknowledged the crucial role that local corporates and academic institutions can jointly play to accelerate national development.
“At Savannah Cement, we have allocated a significant budget to support our human resource development programmes including such partnerships with local academic institutions,” Ndegwa said, adding that, “Such partnerships are part of our commitment to explore shared prosperity opportunities in the society.”
On his part, Karatina University Vice Chancellor Prof Muchiri said the partnership with Savannah Cement will play a key role in helping the university achieve its institutional objectives.
The university he said, endeavours to build strong partnerships with like-minded institutions such as Savannah Cement, through resource mobilization, research activities and knowledge transfer.
As part of the collaboration, the two institutions will jointly explore opportunities in building and construction focusing on market research, informatics and business management industrial placements.
Karatina University, Prof Muchiri said is currently focusing on a research and innovation agenda. “As a university, we intend to increase the quantity, quality and relevance of our research agenda with the view to creating innovations and inventions that will transform the country into a knowledge-based economy,” he said.