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Survey to boost varsities

Wednesday April 8 2015

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After a gloomy period following the slaughter of more than 140 students of Garissa University College by terrorists, there is some exciting news for the education sector — the results of a survey carried out on which universities’ graduates are most favoured by employers.

This is welcome competition between the various institutions to produce the very best for the job market.

There is an interesting mix of old and new universities, public and privately owned universities.

The University of Nairobi, the oldest institution of higher learning in the land, leads the pack. This is not surprising as it has the highest concentration of resources and receives good government funding.

According to the 2015 Quarter One Talent Report, up there with the UoN is the privately owned Strathmore. Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, both public, and the privately owned Daystar and Catholic University of Eastern Africa, also rank high.

This is the kind of competition needed to ensure that graduates are equipped with the skills to make a difference in the private and public sectors.

This will not be possible unless the institutions are secured and the safety of the learners guaranteed.