The popularity of JKUAT as a choice academic destination for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) courses came to the fore once again when Education Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed released the results for placement of 2017 KCSE students, on Monday April 9, 2018.
This year, JKUAT will admit a total of 4,866 students, the highest followed by Kenyatta University (4,667). University of Nairobi (4,540) and Moi University (3,865).
The preference of JKUAT by both local and international students is premised on the practical and industry oriented training as well as a rich network of local and international organizations and experts. The BSc. electrical engineering, for instance, attracted over 2389 applicants against capacity of 59.
JKUAT students also have the much needed opportunity to experience real-time industry process through avenues such JKUAT Industrial and technology Park; where the university assembles computing devices. The University also runs a noodles manufacturing plant where students are attached for practical lessons.
In order to buoy students’ creativity and innovation, JKUAT in 2010 launched an annual students led exposition dubbed Tech Expo; a platform that allows students to showcase their innovative dexterity to faculty and industry.
It is not just students who prefer JKUAT. The University has also emerged as a top source of quality human resources for various employers. A 2017 study commissioned by Madison Insurance revealed that 63.9% of employers preferred public university graduates from JKUAT.
Over the years, JKUAT has endeavored to project its vision to be a university of global excellence in training, research and innovation for development, with significant successes.
The University, for instance, in 2011 won a competitive bid to host the African Union fronted Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI). JKUAT as well, hosts the Chinese government backed Sino African Joint Research Centre (SAJOREC) and International Maritime Organization’s Maritime Technology Cooperation Centre for Africa (MTCC-Africa).