Sarah Wanjohi and Lisa Kimondo both from the College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC), have been selected to represent Kenya for the Total Summer School 2016 that will take place from July 10 – 14, 2016 in Paris.
The Total Summer School bring together 120 students, selected from over 6,500 applications, to join leading academics senior faculty, Senior Total Representatives and industry experts from all over the world to explore future challenges and solutions for the energy industry, in a highly engaging and interactive week-long programme.
Speaking while meeting the two students, Total Kenya Managing Director Ms. Anne-Solange Renouard said she was impressed by their resumes and was confident that they will learn a lot and come back with a broader view of the challenges and solutions facing the energy sector.
She highlighted the Memorandum of Understanding JKUAT had signed with her company in June 2015 saying Total Kenya is committed to the partnership which aims at enhancing educational partnerships, contributing towards educational development in the country.
“This partnership will continue to define our mutual interest in creating positive outcomes in educational opportunities for the young people of this country,” said Ms. Renouard.
On her part, JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga said she was proud of the two students and urged them to take advantage of the opportunity to broaden their knowledge.
“I am confident that you will make us proud. I urge you to learn as much as possible, open your minds, grab your opportunities, come back and share your experience with you fellow peers,” said Prof Imbuga.
On JKUAT’s Commitment to the partnership, Prof. Imbuga said the University will be starting a Masters Programme in Petroleum Engineering sponsored by the African Development Bank in September this year and invited Total Kenya to avail adjunct lecturers in order to bring industry experience into class.
Sarah, one of the beneficiary, is looking forward to the exposure. She is glad to be part of the Total Summer School 2016. “It will give me great exposure to know what other countries in various parts of the world are doing in relation to energy,” she said.
Lisa, the second beneficiary, wants to explore more on renewable energy. “I hope to interact and engage with students and experts from the energy industry on the importance and challenges of renewable energy,” she said.
Sarah is a Fifth Year Electronic and Computing Engineering student while Lisa is a Fifth Year Mechatronics Engineering student. The two are fully sponsored by Total Kenya for the Total Summer School 2016.