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Empowering Public Universities: Fostering Research, Innovation, and Market-Driven Education for Societal Solutions

In a momentous event held in the coastal city of Mombasa, Kenya, public universities are gearing up to embrace their rightful role in driving research, innovation, and education tailored to address pressing societal challenges. The occasion was marked by the successful conclusion of the "Developing Visionary and Effective University Leaders" induction workshop, which aimed to equip newly appointed Vice Chancellors with the necessary skills to lead their institutions into an era of transformation.

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The Open University of Kenya (OUK) is a virtual learning institution deeply committed to advancing education and driving socio-economic growth within Kenya and beyond. Access to higher education has remained a major challenge in Kenya and this has disadvantaged citizens who seek to improve their knowledge, upscale skills and for posterity. Experts have noted that increasing the number of educational institutions so as to match the rate of population growth is an extremely difficult if not impossible solution especially when financial and other resource constraints are considered. Open and Distance Learning approaches, coupled with innovative ICT solutions, have proofed viable alternatives to providing excellent education to millions of people located wherever and whenever by different life circumstances.