Plans are underway to establish a campus of Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology (JOOUST) in Mundere in Budalangi constituency.
The Principal Secretary of the State Department for University Education and Research Amb. Simon Nabukwesi said this during a visit to the region to assess the institution’s facilities.
Amb. Nabukwesi said that once operational, the satellite campus should focus on offering programs on ways to manage water in the flood-prone region through collaborations with higher education institutions in the Netherlands. .
This, he added, will allow researchers to gain relevant knowledge on how to deal with the frequent flooding that ravages the region.
The PS noted that the developed countries of Europe have made huge strides in controlling and using the waters in flood prone areas to their advantage and this should be a response in Kenya.
“By learning and borrowing new techniques, we will be able to use our available resources to manage the flood waters for the benefit of the communities of Budalangi,” said the PS.
While entrusting the creation of the campus to JOUST, the PS asked the vice-chancellor of the university, Professor Stephen Agong, to take charge and ensure that the Mundere campus aims to have its first cohorts of services. Kenya Universities and Colleges Placement Centers (KUCCPS) next year.
He said the government is supporting the establishment of the campus and appealed to donors and the county government for their collaboration and support to enable the institution to put in place the necessary infrastructure.
Budalangi Deputy Hon. Raphael Wanjala welcomed the gesture, noting that the nearest university for students seeking higher education in Budalangi was located in Bondo, Siaya County, and as such, the new campus, has he said, will allow students from the region to access university education nearby.
“I urged our young people to take learning seriously and to avoid destructive practices such as the burning of dormitories as recently when a group of students set a dormitory in Budalangi High School on fire,” he said. he declared.
JOUST Vice-Chancellor Prof Stephen Agong said that following a feasibility study conducted by his institution on the Mundere campus, it was established that there is great potential for the campus to create a faculty offering degrees and diplomas focused on the blue economy. .
This, he noted, would transform people’s livelihoods, thus becoming a forerunner in research due to its proximity to the lake.