In recent times, academia has been accused of developing curricula that fall short of the dynamic industry needs. In a bid to enhance the quality of its teaching and research capacity, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and Dassault Systèmes of France have partnered to set up a Product Lifecycle Management Competency Centre (PLMCC) domiciled in the College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC).
The three-year agreement signed on September 26, 2017, will see Dassault Systèmes build the capacity of the students and staff of JKUAT in Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) based systems on the power of 3D software development. The overall goal is to offer solutions that facilitate the pooling of know-how linked to the product, from its conception to its maintenance.
Speaking during the signing of the agreement, Dassault Systèmes, Africa Business Development Director, Jacques Kurkdjian, said through the French Ministry of Education, Dassault Systemes will provide technical and pedagogical expertise to the University staff in the area of PLM 3D software development.
“I am confident that this partnership will give the staff and students the much needed practical and technical knowledge in the field of PLM,” said Jacques.
He added that Dassault Systèmes is actively contributing to transforming the learning experience by offering academic and research institutions opportunities to leverage the power of experience to transform the way people interact with, and discover, the world around them.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said the collaboration had come at the right time when universities are under pressure to produce curricula that meet industry needs. “Apart from enhancing industry-academia linkages, this partnership will propel JKUAT to be a centre of excellence in PLM concepts enhancing our competitive edge in the region,” opined Prof. Imbuga.
On her part, the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research, Production and Extension) Prof. Mary Abukutsa, lauded Dassault Systèmes for bringing experts to share their industry knowledge through teaching. “This will be key in strengthening the linkage between universities and industries.”
The meeting was also addressed by Dassault Systèmes Senior Director, Stephane Bonnamour, Principal, COETEC, Prof. Bernard Ikua and Director of Linkages, Dr. Kaibui Mwikamba.
Dassault Systèmes will offer a maximum of 200 users under their commercial denomination ‘V6 for Academia’ substantial subset of software from Catia, Simulia, Delmia, Enovia, and 3DVia