Over 50 pioneering group of postgraduate students has reported at the Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences Technology and Innovation (PAUISTI), hosted at JKUAT, to pursue various programmes in engineering, biotechnology and mathematics.
The students drawn from thirteen African countries, continued with registration Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at the East African nod of the continental university, a move that has enlivened hopes of integrating African countries through higher education.
Speaking at the sidelines of the registration process, PAUISTI Acting Director, Prof. Gabriel Magoma exuded confidence the institute was on course; having overcome logistical challenges.
“Some of the students encountered travel restrictions due to stringent immigration procedures in their countries,” averred Prof. Magoma. This challenge, he noted, “has been circumvented, and all students are expected to be in by Friday, November 16, 2012.”
The students, who symbolize hope for a new breed of uniquely African scholars with global appeal, could not hold back their excitement after landing the golden scholarship.
Hannah Ngugi, a Kenyan, enrolled in the Master of Science in Civil Engineering, hopes to contribute to infrastructural development of the continent after completing her studies.
“As a developing country, Kenya is currently undertaking numerous construction projects to propel her into a middle income status. All these require skilled manpower which PAU is envisages to produce,” says Hannah, with an optimistic smile.
Hannah’s sentiments are shared by Edwell Tafara, a Zimbabwean pursuing Master of Science in Electrical Engineering. Tafara reckons, the establishment of Pan Africa University will not only consolidate Africa’s development agenda, but also, open opportunities for higher learning hitherto available only in other continents.
“There is no industry that operates without power supply. The PAUISTI’s electrical engineering programme, therefore, sits at the core of industrial agenda of any nation,” says Tafara, who has a background in Mechatronic Engineering.
As the group settles for studies, Prof. Magoma has a word of advice for them: “African Union has identified and invested in you to promote the development agenda of this continent. Make the best out of the opportunity since you are the success parameter for this continental initiative,” the Biochemist concludes.
PAUISTI is projected to produce professionals in the areas of Mathematics, Molecular biology and Biotechnology; Civil Engineering and Electrical Engineering. The graduates are expected to pioneer innovative solutions to the many socio-economic maladies facing the African continent and by extension, the world.