The university’s resolve and fidelity to the implementation of the environmental management system policy especially the management of e-waste has received a shot in the arm following the coming on board of the Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment Centre (WEEEC), through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed between the WEEEC and JKUAT, Thursday, June 5, 2014.
WEEE Centre Managing Director Jane Kariithi welcomed her Centre’s partnership with JKUAT saying her company’s core business was the recycling and management of electronic waste with a mission “to secure a green, safe and healthy environment through the provision of safe disposal of e-waste while engaging all stakeholders.
Ms. Kariithi noted that WEEE Centre had the capacity to implement the MoU by disposing e-waste locally and in circumstances where the technology to handle certain e-waste was not easily available, they would export the waste for further processing. The MD was upbeat that the two institutions could latch onto their diverse technological and human expertise to develop technologies that would address e-waste disposal challenges locally.
Mr. Sanjay Dhamshi of Safariconnect, a leading distributor of phenomenal mobile telephone brands, revealed that his entity will under the partnership, play acatalystic role of motivating people to come forth and deposit their e-waste by giving out gift vouchers to staff and students and the community at large in efforts to get rid of e-waste from the environment.
Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga said on behalf of JKUAT she was “very excited to partner with WEEE Centre in e-waste management, ” and further explained that given the nature of courses and programmes offered by JKUAT coupled with the fact that the university is home to a generation of young, creative and highly innovative students who churn out ground breaking innovations, “the university was more than ready to collaborate with the WEEE Centre Limited to ensure a safe and clean learning environment to all.
The Vice Chancellor noted, that although this development comes at a time when the government has directed institutions of higher learning to forge viable linkages with relevant industry; “the partnership with WEEE centre is one perfect way of fulfilling this requirement as well as boosting JKUAT’s initiatives towards ISO 14000 Certification, under which e-waste management is a critical component.”
Under the MOU, the two institutions will among others areas, collaborate in project management; sharing of physical facilities; staff exchange and attachment; student training and attachment; sensitization on safe disposal of e-waste; short training courses in e-waste management; students attachment at the WEEE Centre; research, innovation and technology development; technology transfer and consultancy.
The launch was attended by staff from WEEE Centre who included Seth Munyambu (Manager), Nicholas Nzou (Executive Director) Gilbert Bore (Training Director, Computers for Schools Kenya (CFSK), while JKUAT was represented by the Director and Deputy Director, Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park Dr. Suleiman Oketch and Boniface Kiula.