University Industry Liason Officer
Symon M. Mahungu, PhD
Division of Research and Extension, Egerton University
P.O. Box 536-20115 Egerton, Kenya
The University is committed to strong industrial linkages in order to strengthen training, research and consultancy, the utilization of research findings, curriculum development, and support for university programmes to improve production and stimulate economic growth. The University Industry Liason Office (UILO) under the Division of Research & Extension is responsible for the; development of active
partinerships with local and international organizations and linking students and staff to industry for training, research and consultancy.
The Liaison Officer also coordinates Extension and Outreach activities of the University. Some of the activities being undertaken include: Soil Conservation, Bee Keeping, Composite Manure Making, Solid Waste Management, Environmental Conservation Education and Tree Nursery Establishment and Management.
Duties and Responsiblities
i) Link the University to industry for mutual benefit through memorandum of understanding/agreemen
ii) Obtain support from industry for University programmes and projects.
iii) Renew linkages/collaborations/partnerships with industry.
iv) Organize seminars/workshops/visits for University-Industry relationships.
v) Link University academic staff to industry for collaborative research and consultancy work.
vi) Obtain opportunities in industry for practical experience for Egerton University students.
vii) Establish partnerships with community based projects and organizations.
viii) Conduct Needs Assessment (NA) in communities neighbouring the University campuses for mutual benefit.
Some Existing Collaborations
Some of the institutions, organizations and industry that are actively collaborating with Egerton University include:
Novus International Inc., Lake Victoria Basin Commission (LVBC), Swiss Tropical & Public Health Institute, Ministry of Environment and Mineral Resources, University Kassel, Germany, The Open University of Tanzania (OUT), University of Vienna, Austria, BOKU University, Orrorin Community Organization (OCO), Baringo, British Council and East African Growers Group Ltd., through the African Knowledge Transfer Prgramme (AKTP), Kenya Electricity Generating Company Limited (KenGen), Leibniz-Institute of Agricultural Engineering Potsdam-Bornim (ATB,Germany), The International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics (ICRISAT), Kenya Forestry Research Institute (KEFRI), Tea Research Foundation (TRF), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Dairy Training Institute (DTI) Naivasha, Kenya Agricultural Research Institute (KARI), University of South Africa (UNISA), Nanjing Agricultural University (NAU), People€™s Republic of China, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA, International Agricultural Centre of Wageningen, The Netherlands, Karlstads Universitet, Sweden, Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital, Nakuru, among others.