The first Independent Power Provider (IPP) in Kenya, IBERAFRICA has donated a 6.5mega watts power engine which will be used for demonstration purposes by the faculty of engineering. This equipment will help the students understand what constitutes the internal of an engine and how various engine parts interact in order to produce motion. This marks the first time that IBERAFRICA is donating such a machine to an academic institution.
Speaking during the ceremony, IBERAFRICA’s CEO, Mr. Henry Muthanji, commended JKUAT for her quality training which has seen many of the graduates occupy key-professional positions that would have otherwise been occupied by expatriates. He however, expressed concern that the engineering graduates are locking themselves to white collar jobs only which he said was inhibiting the enrichment of the engineering career. He urged students to be involved in the nitty-gritty of development and maintenance in order to yield more innovative ways needed to deal with emerging issues in the engineering field.
Mr. Muthanji expressed the company’s commitment in contributing towards transmission of knowledge and assured the university that they will make a provision for industrial attachment for the teaching staff to promote integration of current practices in the training of engineering students.
The vice chancellor, Prof Mabel Imbuga thanked IBERAFRICA for their continued support in the area of capacity building particularly in allowing visitations of academic trips and also hosting our students as interns.
She encouraged IBERAFRICA to collaborate further with the university in the revision of the syllabus to ensure that the programs remain relevant to the changing trend in the global market. She said that the university would benefit from the vast knowledge and current trends that IBERAFRICA possesses of the industry.