Information Technology undergraduate courses offered at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology have been updated as a result of a curriculum review undertaken in conjunction with International Business Machines (IBM).
The new curriculum which will be rolled out starting with the May 2013 Semester, is of great value to the entire IT programme with special focus on Computer Science, Computer Technology and Information Technology, ICT Director Dr Joseph M. Wafula revealed when addressing a visiting media team from IBM, United Stated of America.
The review involved integrating new database management aspects into the courses offered with a view of equipping students with knowledge and skills that will make them relevant to the local and international markets upon graduation.
To facilitate the successful rolling out of the curriculum, IBM conducted a workshop which was attended by members of the academic staff on the latest tools of teaching database management.
The DB2 workshop conducted at the new IBM innovation centre in Nairobi is an actualization of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed to facilitate collaboration between IBM and JKUAT in areas of IT development to enable the University to offer programmes that are tailored for both local and international markets.
Components of the MoU include partnership developed under IBM Academic Initiative, education and research fields. Dr. Wafula said the partnership is a crucial one to the IT department because students and academic staff will have access to cutting edge technology brought on Board to facilitate benchmarking with graduates from other universities across the globe.
JKUAT with as a result have access to ebooks on IT and emerging technologies in addition to tools available for practical use in the computer laboratory.
Dr. Wafula informed the media team lead by Ms. Melisa Turesky of IBM the challenge is now left with the University academia and students to innovatively use the provided tools and access to technology to come up with efficient and effective solutions to local and international IT challenges.
The media team was on a visit to record interviews with different IT faculty members and students on the anticipated changes resulting from signing the MoU.