(Xinhua) -- Kenya will adopt
innovative financing models to revitalize tertiary
education that is key to realization of the country’s
growth and transformation agenda, a government official
said on Monday.
George Magoha, cabinet
secretary for education, said the government will reach
out to industry, foundations and fund managers to help
bridge a financing gap that has undermined learning and
research in colleges and universities.
"The country has seen an exponential growth in the
number of tertiary institutions but underfunding has
affected quality of teaching and research needed to
achieve industrial growth," said Magoha.
Magoha spoke during a forum to review the status of
higher education in Kenya organized by the Kenyan
government in partnership with the World Bank.
Senior policymakers, representatives of donors and
scholars attending the two-day forum agreed that Kenya
required a paradigm shift to realize financial
sustainability of tertiary institutions.
Magoha said the government has enacted robust policy
and regulatory incentives to attract funding from the
private sector and upgrade institutions of higher
"We intend to promote domestic resource mobilization
to ensure our universities and colleges are modernized
and well equipped to handle cutting-edge research," said
He said that Kenya will borrow international best
practices to strengthen academia industry linkages in
order to address skills gap that is to blame for rampant
Kenya’s 74 public and private universities continue
to experience high enrollment rates driven by rising
incomes and quest for 21st century skills among the
Experts said that smart investments are required to
expand physical infrastructure and boost transition from
high school to universities.
"Kenya’s tertiary institutions should tap into
non-traditional funding models like reaching out to
alumni and listed companies to modernize infrastructure
that support training and research," said Jamil Samil, a
former World Bank tertiary education coordinator.