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Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop Kenya


University of Nairobi




Newton Fund Researcher Links Workshop

How Resilient Manufacturing can solve the unemployment problem in Kenya


UK Coordinator: Dr Islam Shyha, Northumbria University at Newcastle, UK

Kenya Coordinator: Dr Hussein Jama, University of Nairobi, Kenya

Discipline: Manufacturing

Dates: 18th September to 21st September 2018 (4 day programme)

Venue: University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya

Application Deadline: 7 July 2018 (early applications are encouraged)


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The World Bank estimates that Kenyan national unemployment rate has increased to a high level (22.2% in 2016). It reached the maximum of 40% in 2011 with the lowest of 12.70% in 2006. Kenya’s manufacturing sector is among the key productive sectors identified for economic growth and development owing to its immense potential for wealth, employment creation and poverty alleviation. The sector also contributes by 11% to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

The workshop aims to discuss and evaluate the status of resilient manufacturing in Kenya as an attempt to find realistic solutions for the high employment rate with more focus on Kenyan SMEs. The outcomes will boost economy development as the result of sharing the knowledge between UK and Kenyan participants. This will benefit youth, manufacturing SMEs as well as Kenyan and UK academics personal and professional development.



The workshop aims also to provide the opportunity to link academia and industry and will:

  • bring together ECRs with expertise on manufacturing to discuss how research in Kenya can be translated into improved productivity and reduction of unemployment rates
  • assist to establishing networking and building a bridge between researchers of UK and Kenya
  • provide the opportunity to ECRs to present their research in the form of a short oral presentation and poster and discuss with established researchers
  • provide talks on how to form international collaborations and applications of resilient manufacturing
  • dedicate sessions on research challenge to bring researchers working closely (networking) and another to discuss diversity in workplace
  • create discussion platform and form a committee for expending the outcomes and future collaborations.


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Event Details

University of Nairobi
Nairobi, Kenya


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