Who We Are

Linking Industry With Academia (LIWA) is an organization with a track record of brokering relationships between Private Sector, Government and Academia (Universities, TVET and Research Institutions).These Linkages promote relevance, quality of education, skills development research and innovation for socio-economic development.
LIWA provides the necessary information and delivery structures to facilitate partners to identify the best win-win strategies for engagement and provides a roadmap for Industry-Academia and government interactions. As a matchmaker, LIWA bringing parties together, as a driver of research, Innovation and skills development. LIWA also plays the role of a facilitator working to cut through red tape, towards a better alignment between the supply of qualified graduates and the demand for these workers in the business and industrial sectors. Skills Development, Education enrichment and Research & Innovation in East Africa.


LIWA’s mandate is to create and institutionalize linkages between Academia and Industry development in areas of Research, Science, Innovation, skills and Technology. In so doing LIWA seeks to strengthen the quality and relevance of:

  • Joint Industry-Academia programmes development.
  • Research and Innovation production and scholarship.
  • Student and faculty engagement with Private sector.
  • Supplementary Accreditation.
  • Competency Based Training (CBET) and entrepreneur education.
  • Innovation and Technology Transfer.

Academic and industry data analytics, graduates employability

Our Values

Commitment: LIWA is committed to promote and facilitate research, Innovation creativity and excellence in training and education.

Innovation: LIWA is constantly looking for novel and innovative ways to broker knowledge sharing and partnerships.

Integrity: LIWA proudly upholds the values of honesty, truthfulness and sincerity, while remaining fair and ethical in even the most difficult situations.

Partnership : The success of LIWA is largely dependent on the engagements we forge, therefore we interest ourselves in forging long term relationships.

Professionalism : LIWA believes that a strong moral and ethical code is a key component in towards earning trust both internally and externally. LIWA seeks to ensure that all aspects of its organization including its people, ideals, functions and outputs - uphold the highest possible professional competency and responsibility. LIWA is steadfast in practicing and observing the ethical and moral principles set out in our values statement.

Reliability : Reliability is the overall brand promise at LIWA. Our mission is to deliver value to our stakeholders by providing efficient and reliable solutions in Linkages in areas of Knowledge management, Innovation, Research, Skills and Education.

Recent News & Events

20 August, 2019


Be actively involved in career building workshops   Most industries tend to be part of career building workshops, take this opportunity to showcase your innovative...
Linda Mc'Odongo
30 July, 2019

Industry-Academia Linkages

  A lot of research has been done on Industry-Academia linkages. The two parties are complaining about the skills gap and skills mismatch. Now that we know where the problem is how can we...
Linda Mc'Odongo
2 July, 2019

Attachment / Internship Hustle.

Landing an attachment /Internship can be depressing being a course requirement in most higher learning institutions for students before graduating. Just like any other University/TVET...
Linda Mc'Odongo
13 June, 2019

Nairobi Innovation Week

Congratulations to all youths/students who participated in the Nairobi Innovation Week. We appreciate your attendance and your innovative digital projects. You are all awesome and we hope to walk...
Linda Mc'Odongo

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