What we do

Higher education institutions in Kenya were inspired by the idea of gaining a reputation in the scientific community (e.g., through research publications) and conveying theoretical knowledge to their students. Knowledge transfer into the society (“third mission”) has played a negligible role. However, universities should take on the responsibility of becoming service providers for students as well as for business and society. They need to interact not only with the academic world, but also, and perhaps even more, with society and make the needs of society a driving force for change.
In this regard, CEPU’s primary objective is to support the Kenyan partner universities (Kenyatta University and Mount Kenya University) in their efforts to improve the employability of their graduates and to promote the knowledge transfer into society through a stronger vocational and practical orientation of the courses offered as well as strong networking with their social and economic environment. To this end, joint labour market-oriented measures have been designed and implemented, focusing on a holistic approach that takes into account all dimensions of the university, from university management to students.
The Kenyan partner universities will go through the entrepreneurial project of identifying a need/problem, generating solutions, evaluating the solutions, and implementing the selected solution. Thus, entrepreneurship will be an immanent idea of each work package. By using this overarching entrepreneurial approach, the Kenyan partner universities will absorb the idea of entrepreneurship into their general approach of managing the university into their culture. Thus, university staff will be challenged to assume an entrepreneurial mind-set already from the start of the project, and train entrepreneurial thinking right from the outset with the assistance of the consortium.
Each work package is designed that the Kenyan partner universities engage in the entrepreneurial process. The partnering universities from Germany accompany the process and act as consultants in the process.
“Entrepreneurial processes” means that for each measure (activity) a typical entrepreneurial phase model will be applied which attempts to be client-centred and needs-based. As part of the project’s entrepreneurship approach responsibilities for ownership will be defined by the Kenyan partner universities for every process.


Goals / core tasks

CEPU supports the Kenyan partner universities (Kenyatta University and Mount Kenya University) in their efforts to improve the employability of their graduates and to promote knowledge transfer into society by providing training in the following areas:

The Vision of CEPU

CEPU’s vision is that the by the end of the project, Kenyatta University and Mount Kenya University will have a stronger vocational and practical orientation course offer as well as strong linkages with their social and economic environment. CEPU provides them with a toolbox full of skills, which they can resort to during and at the end of the project. Beyond the project, further universities in Africa will be trained by Mount Kenya University and Kenyatta University.

Sustainability of Project Results

The sustainability of the project results faces a double challenge: the Kenyan partner universities must continue to maintain and develop a labour market-oriented approach. At the same time, the project should serve as a blueprint for other African universities to follow their model. For this purpose, selected features of a franchising framework will be implemented (see figure).