Israel Deputy Ambassador inspires youth at Zetech
The University was pleased to host Israel Deputy Ambassador to Kenya H.E Eyal David in a special session held at the main campus. Centred on encouraging the youth to use their skills and knowledge to contribute towards better relations between the two countries, Mr. Eyal enlightened kicked off his lecture with a lesson on the history and current relations between Israel and Kenya.
During the visit, the Deputy Ambassador addressed international relations students and faculty about the opportunities in education, innovation and agriculture targeting the youth in the Country, and larger East African region.
“The youth in Israel and Kenya share the same passion, to learn and adopt innovation to excel in different spheres of life. Currently, we have about 500 trainees from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Malawi taking courses in Israel; these programmes are competitively applied for and are funded by Israel.” said Eyal. He further highlighted his country’s efforts to build capacity and train trainers in technology for agricultural advancement citing Kenya as an economic hub where young people can tap into opportunity and grow.
Highlighting the chances for learners to study in his Country, Eyal noted that Middle East Nation’s programmes, namely Mashav (Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation) and Gloclal, have been active for several years, providing support to developing countries through technical training and technology transfer.
On his part, Zetech VC Prof Munene lauded the Israel Government for sustained positive relations with Kenya, especially appreciating the investment in education and innovation. “We are proud to engage with the Deputy Ambassador from the Embassy of Israel to Kenya and be informed on learning opportunities in Israel for our students and the larger Kenyan population. We are especially interested in research and economic investments made by the Country. ” said Prof. Munene, adding that the growth of the Middle Eastern country is inspires students to use knowledge and capacity gained to build a better Kenya.
He added that the University has increased engagement in linkages and collaborations geared towards effectively preparing students for the industry, having recently added new degree programmes in International Relations, Education, Commerce, and Economics and signed partnership deals with firms such as Samchi Group and Powermax Ltd.
At the close of the session, the students were challenged to explore growth opportunities beyond the classroom to enable them stand out among their peers and have more to offer beyond a certificate.