Chinese to boost Marine Engineering training

The JKUAT decision to initiate a new degree program in Marine Engineering has received considerable boost following a visit of experts from two leading Maritime Chinese Universities; Shanghai Maritime University and Dalian Maritime University who were at JKUAT, Thursday September 24 2009 on behalf of the International Maritime Organization to conduct JKUAT’s Maritime training for possible assistance.

The officials who were received by Prof. Romanus Odhiambo, JKUAT Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of Academic Affairs toured various university teaching facilities including laboratories, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering that was currently hosting the proposed marine engineering program to assess JKUAT’s strengths in mounting the training early next year

In the Mechanical Engineering labs

The Chinese delegation was led by Ren Weimin who is director in charge of International Corporation in the People’s Republic of China, Ministry of Transport and attended by Peter Thuo, Kenya’s Director of Shipping and Maritime Affairs in the Ministry of Transport and John Paul Muindi, International Maritime Organization Nairobi office regional coordinator. Dr. Kibicho Karanja chairman of JKUAT’s department of Mechanical Engineering made a detailed presentation on the progress that the university has made in the preparation for the mounting of Marine Engineering and Nautical Sciences to the delegation saying that a curriculum for the programs had been concluded.

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