Intel Global Education Sector Director, Brian Gonzalez Wednesday February 25, 2015 held discussions with Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga on how the global technology giant could work with JKUAT to promote ICT teaching, innovation and technology transfer in Kenya’s education sector. Brian noted that for effective integration of ICT in the education system, the approach and programmes should be locally engineered. He added that Intel had successfully worked with a number of countries including Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina to roll out ICT for education.
The Director said ICT for education goes beyond deployment of infrastructure to cover interaction between learners and teachers. JKUAT students and staff, the official added had shown great innovation and creativity which can be harnessed to transform education sector in the country.
In September 2014, JKUAT students won the Inter University Intel App Challenge Trophy. The two winning Apps from JKUAT were: Stima Lite, developed by Simon Muthemba and Fish Hunt app by Kobi Momanyi and Timothy Maina. JKUAT was declared the best University in a competition that attracted participation from among others, University of Nairobi, Moi University, Egerton University and Multimedia University.
Prof. Imbuga said the two institutions have had beneficial working relationship adding that Intel was a critical partner in JKUAT’s initiative to locally assemble laptops, as parts supplier.
The University in ceremony presided over by Deputy President William Ruto, in December 2014, launched Taifa Laptop assembled and branded at the JKUAT based Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park (NITP).
Martin Kungania who represented the Ministry of Education at the meeting said both JKUAT and Intel could make good partners in the integration of ICT in Kenya. Intel, Martin added had donated a number of laptops which the government is set to deploy in different counties.
Brian was accompanied to JKUAT by Intel META Regional Business Director, Frederico Carvalho. On hand to receive the officials together with Prof. Imbuga were Finance DVC, Prof. Otoki Moirongo, Director NITP, Dr. Suleiman Okech and ICT Director, Mwirigi Kiula among others.