As part of its strategy to provide impetus to Kenya’s industrialization, the University has embarked on implementing identified projects that would contribute to the attainment of Vision 2030, the country’s development programme launched in 2008 and anticipated to transform Kenya to a middle income economy by the year 2030.
To support the national agenda, JKUAT has initiated a total of seven projects that include two flagship projects with the potential to generate multiple enterprises, and five high priority ventures. The Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga has appointed a committee chaired by Prof. Alfred Mayabi, Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, to coordinate the initiative.
For Kenya to achieve the Vision 2030 lofty goals, training of engineers will remain central in the development of the country’s manufacturing sector and JKUAT’s College of Engineering and Technology had been tasked to increase students’ enrollment by 10 percent as a Flagship Project, an assignment that was surpassed during the 2012/2013 academic year. The College reported an increase of 84 percent enrollment of 1261 students during 2012/ 2013 academic year, up from 685 students in the previous academic year.
A second Vision 2030 Flagship Project that the University is currently implementing is in the sphere of the establishment of centers of specialization that has been fast-tracked through the opening at JKUAT of the Pan African University Institute of Basic Sciences Technology and Innovation (PAUISTI).
PAUISTI, an African Union initiative which has already taken off with 56 pioneering graduate students, seeks to advance Africa’s development through higher training and research in specialized fields of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology; Civil Engineering & Construction Management and Electrical & Electronics Engineering.
Under the High Priority version of Vision 2030, the University is undertaking three projects that include the establishment of a centre of excellence in Engineering and Technology to promote the development and application of engineering technologies. The setting up of the Nairobi Industrial and Technology Park on a 32 acre land in Juja will be instrumental in showcasing the evolution of various technologies planned to generate some 500 enterprises in the next decade. The development at the University, of the Sino-Africa Research Centre, a joint project between the governments of Kenya and China is projected to spearhead biodiversity conservation research East Africa.
JKUAT has also set out to accelerate University/ Industry linkages through collaborations with other state corporations including Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute, Numerical Machining, Numerical Machining Complex and Kenya Industrial Estates to specifically develop parliamentary bills for manufacturing infrastructure development under the Ministry of Industry. The University is as well implementing two other Vision 2030 projects namely, the implementation of the Business Process Outsourcing training programme at the School of Human Resource Development and the establishment of a centre of excellence in Engineering.