Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology students pursuing Bachelor of Science in Marine Engineering graduated from the National Youth Service (NYS) Gilgil, on Friday, June 12, 2015, after successfully completing a month-long cadet training.
The 23 second year students (17 male and 6 female) underwent the training as required by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Standards of Training, Certification and Watch-keeping (STWC).
The training entails equipping the students with skills and competencies in firefighting and prevention, first aid, and proficiency in personal survival techniques. The programme also moulds the cadets into physically fit, disciplined and responsible individuals, with high levels of physical, emotional, and mental endurance.
The pass out parade was presided by the Director General NYS, Dr. Nelson Githinji who lauded the students for their resilience and congratulated them for completing the training.
“It is my hope that the training has transformed you to become disciplined individuals in society and will play a key role in both your individual and career lives,” said Dr. Githinji, adding that his institution is committed to nurturing the Memorandum of Understanding with Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), with a view to improve the course hence releasing disciplined individuals to the Maritime industry.
In her speech read on her behalf by the Principal of College of Applied Sciences, Prof. David Mulati, Vice Chancellor Prof Mabel Imbuga congratulated the cadets and thanked the Management of NYS for their time and other resources and expressed her confidence that what NYS had imparted in the students will remain a great source of inspiration and knowledge throughout their learning and working lives.
The Vice Chancellor further said, to enhance the level of training in Marine Engineering, JKUAT has employed three Adjunct Professors from the Netherlands, China and Eritrea as thematic leaders and Adjunct Lecturers in charge of the Mandatory courses from South Korea and International Maritime Organization.
The ceremony was attended by various officers of the NYS and JKUAT staff. Officers from JKUAT included the Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Benard Ikua, the Chairman of Mechanical Engineering Department Dr. Robert Kiplimo and Prof. S.M. Maranga. Also in attendance was Captain Muli from the Kenya Maritime Authority.