Vice Chancellor Remarks
- The University of Nairobi has a duty of creating more value through research ,innovation and enterprise besides academic output.
- There is a need for the University to adopt an entrepreneurial culture towards research, innovation and creativity. Indeed many universities, globally, have moved or are moving to become entrepreneurial. This has helped the universities to transform research outputs and innovation ideas into products and services that meet the communities and society needs.
- The University of Nairobi has a lot of potential in the space of innovation and enterprise, due it its diverse research activities from various faculties namely Health Sciences; Science and Technology; Agriculture; Veterinary Medicine; Education; Business & Management Sciences; Art and Social sciences; Engineering and ; Built Environment. It is indeed possible for the research output to be translated into useful products and processes capable of solving problems in the society which can be commercialized.
- There are numerous examples of Universities successfully commercializing their research through licensing, startups and spinoffs.
- The University is broadening and enhancing the innovation ecosystem through many activities including, strengthening the RIE function, capacity building, acquiring partnerships with industry and other players in the innovation ecosystem and actively engaging and supporting innovators
- The University of Nairobi has taken steps to protect and commercialize the university-owned inventions through protection of Intellectual Property and supporting innovations commercialization through programs such as the one being launched today “The Innovation Incubation and Commercialization Program”.