Meru University launches first innovation week

Meru University Vice Chancellor Prof. Romanus Odhiambo addressing the media on the E-waste Management project at Meru university.

Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) has launched its first ever innovation week.

Vice Chancellor (VC) Prof Romanus Odhiambo said the objective of the innovative week is to show the world the products that are developed through research by the institution.

Speaking during the launch, Prof Odhiambo said their main agenda is research, innovation and commercialization.

“We want to open the doors to the world about the products we have developed from research. We want to see how we can collaborate with others to transform the world,” said the VC.

He said the programme is geared towards supporting the national government agenda of creating jobs, wealth, entrepreneurship, and developing people and transforming communities.

“We want to bring people together in a bid to make the world a better place. Our objective is to make MUST a global university,” said Prof Odhiambo.

He said the greatest challenge in research is lack of funds to embark on mass production, noting that at times they get very good and innovative products.

Prof Odhiambo challenged researchers to develop products that can attract potential donors from the international community instead of relying only on money from the National Research Fund.

He assured the researchers that their work will be patented and protected from intellectual theft.

“We have a patent advocate to ensure the product is not stolen,” he said.

By John Majau

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