Eleven students drawn from five east and central Africa universities arrived at JKUAT Monday September 20, 2010 to start a two week rotational studies as part of their graduate training in the built environment. The eleven, drawn from the Universities of Nairobi (Kenya), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia), Makerere (Uganda) , Ardhi(Tanzania) and JKUAT (Kenya) where they are actually registered for their Masters degrees. Sponsored by the Norwegian government under SIU-NOMA project, the students have however to undertake some selected modules in the five participating countries, an orientation designed to expose the learners to the various approaches of urban planning practiced in these countries.
Welcoming the students, Prof. Easter Kahangi, Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Research, Production and Extension told the young technocrats in Africa that they had a rare opportunity to shape Africa’s economic and social development particularly in urban planning. Prof. Kahangi however reminded the students to ensure that their research found their way to their country’s agenda setting table.
The students who had already spent two weeks in Addis Ababa University before coming to JKUAT will proceed to Aridhi University in Tanzania, before departing to the University of Nairobi and Makerere University where they will be hosted for the same training before retreating back to their respective universities to continue with the rest of their degree program.