Another batch of marine cadets

On October 31, 2012, twenty-two Marine Engineering students graduated as cadets at a colorful ceremony that was held at the National Youth Service NYS training center in Gilgil. This was the second batch of cadets to graduate after successfully completing the month long training.

Students and staffs from JKUAT and NYS pose for a photo to mark the end of the ceremony

NYS deputy director general, Mr. Muchiri, was the guest of honour. Among other attendants was the Vice Chancellor of Jomo Kenyatta University, Prof. Mabel Imbuga, the Principal, College of Engineering and Technology, Prof. Alfred Mayabi, the Dean School of Mechanical, Manufacturing and Materials Engineering, Pro. B.  Ikua, the Chairman of Mechanical Engineering department, Dr. H. Ndiritu and other staffs  from JKUAT as well as from NYS Gilgil training center.

A month earlier, this group of 22 cadet recruits, composed of five women and seventeen men had joined NYS to undergo training that is part of Marine Engineering curriculum. The training is a mandatory requirement as per international maritime organization’s STWC 1978 Convection for all Marine Engineers around the world. This training equips Marine Engineering students with skills in personal survival, personal safety and social responsibility, elementally first aid, fire prevention and fire fighting, among other skills.


The peak of the passing out occasion was marked by a parade of the cadets who demonstrated the skills they had acquired during the month long training. Ms. Fatma Farukh Shakur, who was later celebrated by Mr. Muchiri, as the first female commander in the history of NYS, led the parade as they put a spectacular display of military skills. The group later displayed their physical fitness through a spectacular martial art presentation. Another major achievement of the group is that six cadets were also conferred with the yellow belt each after demonstrating great masterly of the Karate skills.

Cadets on a parade as they demonstrate some of the military skills they had gained from the training

Cadets demonstrate their fitness through martial art presentation

Ms. Fatma Farukh Shakur as she commands the parade

In his speech, Mr. Muchiri thanked JKUAT for choosing NYS as the preferred training institution for the cadets and noted that the choice confirmed JKUAT’S confidence towards NYS training center. He also congratulated the students for successfully undergoing the rigorous training and for their devotion and cooperation. According to him, the students had set high standards for the future cadets. In addition, the deputy director general advised the students to avoid careless behaviors that would expose them to HVI and AIDS and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which he said are of global health concern.

Addressing the gathering, Prof. Imbuga thanked NYS management for accepting to collaborate with JKUAT and for availing their resources in order to undertake the Cadet training. She also highlighted JKUAT’s commitment to continue supporting Marine Engineering programme. In her remarks, the Vice Chancellor challenged the students to utilize the skills they gained from the training in positively influencing the life of their fellow university students.

The department of Mechanical Engineering is proud of this group of marine engineering students for showing high standards of discipline, commitment and cooperation throughout the training. We would also like to congratulate the students for successfully completing the training. We wish the future Marine Engineers the best in their career.

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