As thousands of graduands thronged JKUAT graduation pavilion in avid anticipation of conferment of various degrees, one candidate – Ofosu Robert Agyare, was more than elated. For a man who sought graduate studies abroad and finished ahead of the pack, Ofosu had every reason to celebrate his achievements. And with glowing comments from his three supervisors, he walked tall among graduands Friday November 25, 2016.
Ofosu came to Kenya in May 2014 courtesy of a June 2011 Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Mines and Technology (UMaT), Ghana and JKUAT in which the two institutions agreed to undertake staff and student exchange programmes among others.
But it was not the first time Ofosu was demonstrating his academic prowess. He graduated with first class honours in Electrical Engineering from UMAT in 2012, and subsequently taken in as assistant lecturer. It was while serving as a young faculty, a year later, that he learned of the opportunity to study abroad.
His industry and team spirit saw him gel easily with faculty and fellow students. at JKUAT, crafting beneficial networks and participating in academic forums such as conferences.
Under the guidance of three supervisors, Ofosu worked on electronic load controllers for micro hydro power plants, an area that he opines holds immense potential for the continent.
“Nearly all African countries are struggling with energy issues yet the continent is full of small streams as well as other sources of renewables such as wind and solar that could be harnessed to power homes and firms,” he explains.
Prof. Stanley Kamau, one of Ofosu’s supervisors, described him as industrious and focused student with a passion to offer solutions to Africa’s challenges.
Between classes and research sessions, Ofosu also found time to play for Highlanders, a recreational football team by JKUAT students.
He therefore becomes the first beneficiary of the exchange programme to graduate from JKUAT. Two of his colleagues pursuing MSc. Mechanical Engineering are slated to graduate in June 2017.
Given its strong background in mining studies, UMaT took in three students from JKUAT for the graduate programme in Mining and Mineral Engineering. On the other hand, JKUAT was to build capacity of UMaT faculty in electrical and mechanical engineering fields.
Ofosu is set to return to UMaT as a lecturer even as he trains his eyes for his PhD studies.