The School of Civil, Environmental and Geospatial Engineering has received equipment worth 7000 Euros from the Center for International Migration and Development (CIM) under the Migration for Development programme. CIM is jointly run by Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH and the German Federal Employment Agency.
The Coordinator of Migration for Development Programme – Kenya, Ms. Cynthia Kamau, said CIM supports returning experts to put the knowledge and skills they have acquired in Germany to good use in their country of origin thus promoting sustainable development through consolidated partnerships.
Speaking while handing over the Leica Sprinter 150M Metric Digital Levels to JKUAT, Ms. Kamau acknowledged that as a country, Kenya lacks most of the equipment experts have been trained on while in German. “To fill this gap, CIM decided to partner with local universities and their experts to provide these tools in order to facilitate the practical element of their knowledge transfer.”
The Leica Sprinter 150M Metric Digital Levels were handed over to JKUAT through Dr. -Ing Benson K. Kenduiywo. The Civil and Environmental Engineering PhD holder from the Technische Universität Darmstadt said, the equipment is a perfect tool for building and construction levelling projects.
“The digital level enhances accuracy, increases productivity, minimizes human errors, operates in low light conditions and has the ability to automatically calculate height variations, a powerful benefit for most building and construction projects,” said Dr. Kenduiywo.
The level also has an internal memory that allows for 2000 measurement readings to be stored which can then be transferred for extra calculations using software such as Microsoft Excel.
While receiving the equipment, Deputy Vice Chancellor in-charge of Academic Affairs, Prof. Robert Kinyua said the initiative by CIM was key in promoting industry-academia linkages a prerequisite for socio-economic development of any country.
Prof. Kinyua also said the knowledge gained will be key equipping both staff and student with relevant skills in improving the infrastructure and manufacturing sector of the country.
Those present to receive, the equipment included Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Bernard Ikua, Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Dr. Hiram Ndiritu, Dean, School of Civil, Environmental and Geospatial Engineering, Prof. -Ing. Abiero Gariy, Chairman, Department of Civil, Construction and Environmental Engineering, Dr. Eng. Jeremiah K. Kiptala, Dr. Mercy W. Mwaniki and Chief Technologist, Mr. Mulefu Oduori.