Meru University VC Prof. Romanus Odhiambo Press Briefing interview During Opening Ceremony

Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) has launched its first ever Innovation Week.
University Vice Chancellor Prof Romanus Odhiambo said the objective of the initiative is to open the doors to the world about the products developed from research.
Speaking during the launch of the program, Prof Odhiambo said the 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 program is geared towards supporting the national government agenda of creating jobs, wealth, entrepreneurship, developing people and transforming communities.
“We want to bring people together in a bid to make the world a better place. This is our main objective. We create knowledge, package it together and get something that can transform the world. We want to make MUST a global university,” said Prof Odhiambo.
He said the greatest challenge in research is lack of enough funds to embark on mass production of products they have developed noting that at times they get very good and innovative products.

Prof Odhiambo challenged researchers to develop products that can attract 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.
“Some students and community people have very innovative and brilliant ideas. We will identity and bring them on board at our incubation session. We also have a patent advocate to process the product to ensure no intellectual theft occurs,” said Prof Odhiambo.


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