Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and the US-based conglomerate, General Electric, have pledged to work closely to strengthen their existing collaborative initiatives in the areas of engineering training and research.
This was revealed, Monday, July 18, during a consultative meeting at JKUAT when the Global Human Resources Vice President for General Electric (GE), Dr. Jack Ryan, visited JKUAT and held discussions with the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga.
Addressing the meeting, which was also attended by the Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs, Prof Romanus Odhiambo, as well as the faculty from the College of Engineering and Technology (CoETEC), Dr Ryan said he was “delighted to see progress in curriculum review process in various programmes including telecommunications and information engineering, electrical and electronics engineering.
Lauding the quality of JKUAT students and the faculty, Dr. Ryan singled out “a couple of new faces from JKUAT whom he noted were already doing well at GE.”
He further acknowledged the University Management for being open and willing to partner with GE, noting, “We therefore need to keep growing our relationship, so that as we grow, we will reinforce our system and keep communication lines open in order to understand our growth projections.”
Dr. Ryan reiterated that “GE was in healthcare, petroleum, oil and gas, power generation, and energy especially renewables such as the hydro and solar, aviation, areas that he observed, hold great opportunities for growth and collaboration.
In her remarks, Prof. Imbuga said JKUAT was impressed by the partnership with GE. She added that the University was, among other areas, interested in the renewables and health.
The Vice Chancellor further revealed that the University was exploring new frontiers of training in the areas of transport and logistics, aerospace engineering, and appealed to GE to share experts in these areas to boost the University’s bid through training support.
The Vice Chancellor asked GE to “consider providing opportunities for teaching staff where they could acquire more skills and new ideas which upon returning to JKUAT, they would be more revitalized to impart relevant skills amongst the students.”
Prof. Imbuga informed the visiting GE team that the University was already making great strides in opening up the “Blue Economy” in the country, with the pioneer graduates of Marine Engineering programme expected in the market in November this year.