EABC, IUCEA partner to create jobs, address skills mismatch

EABC, IUCEA partner to create jobs, address skills mismatch

THE East African Business Council (EABC) has inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), geared to spur job creation and to address skills mismatches through internship placements across EAC states.

EABC Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr John Bosco Kalisa said the MoU was set to boost academia, public and private partnerships collaboration on science, technology and innovation and business development.

The partnership will enhance linkages and synergies between high learning institutions and the private sector in unlocking trade and investment challenges across the EAC region

The IUCEA Executive Secretary, Prof Gaspard Banyankimbona, said the two parties will collaborate to address curriculum gaps through a private-public partnership.

“The programme shall support skilling and placement for university students in the EAC is intended to address concerns raised by the private sector that many graduates and youths lack employable skills and it takes them close to six months to perform to their expected levels once employed,” Prof Banyankimbona said adding:

“Academia and institutions of higher learning have a duty to steer the EAC integration agenda by producing graduates who can anchor economic and social growth.”

IUCEA is committed to mobilizing universities to interact with the business community from the bench-marking process up to the curriculum and training.

The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi Prof Stephen Kiama Gitahi who urged the youth to think beyond employment to job creation in the various fields of study and think “streetwise” to offer right solutions to community and industry needs.

Others present at the ceremony included Prof Aaron Mushengyezi VC Uganda Christian University, Prof Sanctus Niragira VC University of Burundi, Dr Victor Barantota Rector of Hope Africa University Burundi, Prof Alexis Ndabarushimana Permanent Executive Secretary for National Commission for Higher Education Burundi and Dr Sylvance Okoth acting Deputy Executive Director East Africa Science and Technology Commission based in Kigali Rwanda.

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