Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) in Kenya has partnered with the UK-based Centre for Regional and International Development (CRID) to launch a Leadership Training and Development Programme. The programme, aimed at improving productivity and efficiency in both public and private sectors, makes Kenya the second country in Africa to offer such thought leadership and development programmes, after Nigeria.
The ICT-oriented Leadership Training and Development Programmes, which are an innovative initiative of the Research, Consultancy and Training Department of JKUAT and CRID, have been developed to meet current and future capacity development needs of public and private sector organisations. Speaking during the official launch held at JKUAT main campus, CRID CEO Nicholas Aitalegbe said that the partnership will empower public and private sector personnel to improve performance and growth for the benefit of their organisations and individual careers.
The training programme includes a variety of soft management training programmes designed to make decision-making easier for attendees and boost their careers. According to Mr. Aitalegbe, using training solutions to solve problems that lie underneath innovation is critical for performance, productivity, and personal improvement.
JKUAT Head of Research, Consultancy and Technology (RCT) Anthony Muhoho welcomed the partnership, saying it will be a big boost for the learning institution, which has continued to set trends in higher education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship. Jomo Kenyatta University Student Association (JKUSA) president Brian Mutevu lauded the partnership, saying the training will ensure JKUAT remains on an upward trajectory with regards to churning out students who have both soft and hard skills that are a key requirement in innovation.
To bring young professionals into leadership and training development for continuity purposes, CRID Kenya representative Joy Wahome challenged the young professionals to always learn from the veterans by incorporating modern digital skills and making technology a way of life to inspire generations to come.
JKUAT becomes the first institution of higher learning in Kenya to partner with UK-based CRID and offer training solutions that solve problems in a modern technologically savvy environment for greater productivity and efficient human resource.