Information and Communication Technology (ICT) is demonstrating its ability to transform how things are done globally across all industries from healthcare and entertainment to transportation and manufacturing. According to Intel Vice President, Mr. Tom Garrison the education sector is not an exception from this. He was speaking, October 16, 2018 when he paid a courtesy call on the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Victoria Ngumi.
Mr. Garrison acknowledged the role the JKUAT/Positivo BGH consortium has played in empowering the ICT education landscape in the country through the Digital Learning Programme (DLP) and said Intel is geared towards looking for partnerships that will transform the education sector while providing need-based solutions at a grand scale.
“With an effective technology foundation and the right support, educators gain powerful tools to simplify, deepen, accelerate, and enhance student learning. Students can research, create, communicate, share information and collaborate in ways that better prepare them for the world,” elucidated Mr. Garrison.
He however cautioned that for the transformation to be effective, it requires more than simply deploying devices. The initiatives should focus on the needs of the users and not the technology being deployed.
Positivo BGH Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Pablo Ojman lauded the partnership his company has had with JKUAT and said as the Kenyan government increasingly see connectivity as a critical means to encourage economic growth, Positivo BGH through the partnership with JKUAT is focused on building the ICT capacity of the country and offer technical support.
To help attain this, Mr. Ojman said Positivo BGH Executive Board had approved the shipment of a fully equipped ICT assembly line to JKUAT in a bid to enhance technology transfer in the country.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Ngumi while appreciating both Intel and Positivo BGH for the support throughout the implementation of the DLP, informed the congregation that JKUAT had signed an extension contract for DLP phase one that will see the University supply and install 25,000 digital learning devices to 642 schools across the 21 counties.
“I want to take this opportunity to thank Positivo BGH and Intel for their technical support throughout the implementation process and hope we can continue working together moving forward,” said Prof. Ngumi.
Going forward, Prof. Ngumi said through the JKUAT Industrial Park and partnership with both government and private sector, JKUAT’s resolve is to eventually harness research, innovation and commercialization of locally and internationally generated intellectual property to promote local manufacturing, a key pillar in the government development agenda.
The meeting was attended by Intel Vice President, Business Segment, Mr. Chad Constant, Deputy Vice Chancellors, Prof. Moirongo Otoki. Prof. Bernard Ikua and Prof. Robert Kinyua, Director JKUAT Industrial Park, Dr. Kibet Langat, his deputy Mr. Calvin Kebati, among other Intel and Positivo BGH staff.