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Olive m. Mugenda

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Olive m. Mugenda

  1. 1. KENYATTA UNIVERSITY Prof. Olive M. Mugenda, PhD, MBA, EBS, CBS Vice-Chancellor May 2015 Social Innovation at Kenyatta University Transforming Higher Education….Enhancing Lives
  2. 2. A social innovation is a novel solution to socio-economic challenges and are often effective, efficient and sustainable within societies Social Innovation: Definition
  3. 3. There has been a phenomenal surge of interest in social innovation as a way to achieve sustainable economic growth. 3
  4. 4. Benefits of Social Innovation Social outcomes:  Inclusion, education  Creates job opportunities  Creates beneficial partnerships  Enhances health provision  Ensures food security To the workplace:  Increases productivity,  Enhances focus on core functions  Improves services provision
  5. 5. Universities & Social Innovation Universities need to entrench the culture of innovation among staff, students & community in order to encourage solution creation Universities can instil social innovation before students graduate 5
  6. 6. Universities can influence the social innovation ecosystem by mapping out the stakeholders & creating a platform for engagement & harness synergies Universities can develop social innovation labs & provision of meaningful support to provide requisite capacity to incubate the innovations 6
  7. 7. At Kenyatta University, our social innovation programs focus on developing leaders who can solve the world’s most challenging problems in diverse disciplines e.g. engineering, business areas such as healthcare provision, and social justice. 7
  8. 8. Social Innovations: A Case Study of Kenyatta University 8
  9. 9. Kenyatta University in Kenya
  10. 10. 1) Business Innovation & Incubation Centre At the Incubation Centre, 30% of the spaces is given to youth from communities The University assists in identifying innovations from communities 10
  11. 11. Services at Chandaria BIIC Assistance with business basics Networking activities Marketing assistance Help with accounting/financial management Access to seed capital, bank loans, loan funds and guarantee programs Help with presentation/ pitching skills Links to strategic partners 11
  12. 12. Access to Chandaria BIIC Its open to all Kenyans We admit 70% KU students and 30% non- KU Kenyans 12 http://www.ku.ac.ke/chandaria-biic/ ChandariaBusinessInnovationAndIncubationCentre @ChandariaBIIC 54 020 +254 020 87109013871/ 0722587390/ 0700363741
  13. 13. Selected Companies @Chandaria BIIC 13 Financial solution using a Y-Card for secondary school students The solution ensures security for their monies Cashless systems help in controlling drug abuse in schools
  14. 14. Selected Companies @Chandaria BIIC Produces interactive software in the form of games to induce knowledge in an entertaining way making learning fun 14
  15. 15. Our Partners at the Chandaria Business Innovation & Incubation Centre 15
  16. 16. 2) Serving the community through the funeral home The KU Funeral home provides dignified & high quality services to the community Students volunteer as ushers at the Funeral Home 16
  17. 17. 3) Legal Aid Clinic Kenyatta University established a legal aid clinic that offers free legal assistance and advice to members of the community Many vulnerable individuals in the community seek for legal advice from the Legal Aid Clinic where students from the University’s School of Law are attached 17
  18. 18. 4) Orphans & Vulnerable Students Fund The University The OVS supports orphans & vulnerable students from various communities across the country We engage communities to find out those who are poor & missed admission due to inadequate space in universities. Such Orphans & Vulnerable students are supported through their University education hence empowering them 18
  19. 19. OVS Beneficiaries in a seminar
  20. 20. 4) Students Work Induction Programme We facilitate student s’ service learning through university- industry partnerships In the SWIP programme students are afforded an opportunity to develop life skills in public and private organizations
  21. 21. 5) Use of tablets in the Digital School The Digital school allows the marginalized populations to pursue their education at the convenience of their work spaces and homes The use of smart tablets enhances ICT integration in the society
  22. 22. 6) Student Training for Entrepreneurship Promotion (STEP) initiative This is a hands-on, skill & research oriented initiative In STEP, KU collaborates with Leuphana University of Germany & Kenya National Commissions for UNESCO We trained KU students as Trainers of Trainers Currently, we are training youth in the counties
  23. 23. STEP training session 23
  24. 24. 7) Health Advocacy & Medical Camps in the communities The University’s Community Outreach & Extension Programme organizes for health advocacy & medical camps in both rural urban settlements In the camps students provide: Voluntary HIV testing Health education Sessions on lifestyle diseases management & prevention e.g. diabetes & obesity
  25. 25. Malaria control management and treatment
  26. 26. 8) Africa Centre for Transformative & Inclusive Leadership
  27. 27. Through the Africa Centre for Transformative & Inclusive Leadership, the University trains leaders on strategic and social innovation for transformation  Building capacities of existing & emerging African leaders in order to promote; Good governance, Entrepreneurship & Innovative leadership 27
  28. 28. 9) Young African Leadership Institute (YALI) The University is has been selected to host YALI which is going to train the Next Generation of Leaders in: Civil society Business & entrepreneurship Corporate leadership YALI is supported by USAID YALI is a President Obama initiative to inculcate leadership skills among African youth
  29. 29. Northern By-pass Proposed Bridge Phase One (300 beds) 10) Teaching, Research & Referral Hospital Under Construction
  30. 30. Northern By-pass Proposed Bridge Phase Two (600 beds)
  31. 31. The hospital under construction will: Provide specialized medical services e.g. in oncology, renal medicine & geriatrics Training of health personnel Be a referral hospital To be opened in October 2015
  32. 32. Plans are underway to construct a 300-bed Children’s Hospital The Children’s Hospital will be the 1st Public Children’s Hospital in Kenya Children occupy about 25% of the bed spaces in public hospitals There is a high demand for high quality pediatric health care provision 11) Children’s Hospital To be opened at the end of 2016
  33. 33. Through skills training Through mentorship support By creating support networks By creating & sustaining a learning environment By Institutionalizing social innovation By giving rewards and incentives to encourage innovation How to Promote Social innovation 33
  34. 34. Key Lessons Social innovation bears the potential for transformative rather than incremental change Partnerships & collaborations are indispensible in the implementation of social innovations Leadership is key to the development of social innovations Working together in social innovations Creates efficiencies Enhances quality 34
  35. 35. Sharing experiences & success stories critical to future progress Need for top leadership involvement Institutionalizing creativity so that it becomes a culture in the institution
  36. 36. Implementing monitoring & evaluation to ensure that everything is on course Conducting feasibility studies before starting a venture Taking feedback seriously from the stakeholders
  37. 37. Thank You 37

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