Multimedia University Launch Ultramodern Research Labs.
Amb. Simon Nabukwesi, Principal Secretary (PS) of the Ministry of Education State Department for University Education and Research, has commissioned the opening of the National Institute for Optics and Lasers (NIOL) Laboratories at the Multimedia University of Kenya.
Speaking at the Multimedia University in Nairobi on Friday, Nabukwesi praised the institution for being pioneers in breaking down barriers and establishing an institute unlike any other in the region.
“I would like to sincerely thank the National Research Fund (NRF) for considering the Multimedia University proposal and funding these labs, my hope is that the institute will be a leading research hub for Kenya and the region,” he said.
According to Nabukwesi, the world is entering the fourth industrial revolution, which is characterized by a knowledge economy and technological advancement.
“We are using laser technology to communicate and transmit data across the world. In the medical field, lasers are used to treat eyes, undertake non-invasive operations and even treat cancer,” said the PS.
He stated that today’s key drivers of economic development and transformations are research, innovation, and technology.
“This country has been a leader in the region in terms of education, manufacturing, and investment, so we must continue to uphold those standards,” said the PS.
Nabukwesi expressed hope that the government will provide more assistance to institutions that demonstrate innovation, entrepreneurship, and active connections with industries and communities.
“Such universities will be given first priority in incentives by the government and bilateral partners, so that they can grow their particular niches and deepen their research capacity,” he said.
Amb. Prof Festus Kaberia, Vice Chancellor of Multimedia University, stated that the laboratories are a springboard that will usher in a new era for the university.
“We are grateful for this day because the facility has made a mark in the landscape of Kenyan Universities,” he said.
At the same time, Ms Citah Watanga, Dean of Multimedia University’s Faculty of Science and Technology, stated that the facility is a response to current technological trends that will address a skill gap in the market.
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“We have greatly increased the capacity of our school with a plan to develop more and more class programs,” she said.
Watanga emphasized the Institution’s gratitude to NRF for their generous funding, which enabled them to build their laboratories.