Five female students from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology all pursuing ICT related courses, have won scholarships to represent the University at the world’s largest gathering of innovative women in technology.
The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing (GHC) which will be staged in the United States October 1-4, 2019, is a series of conferences designed to bring research and career interests of women in technology and innovation to the forefront, while also creating a platform for them to deliberate on the contributions of women to computing. The initiative attracts over 20,000 high profile participants comprising of global leaders, companies and academia experts cutting across over 50 countries.
Velda Karimi, Delphine Nyaboke, Cynthia Wangui, Mary Muthoni and Susan Ndagi won the scholarships after emerging tops in technological and innovative online competitions with other young women across the globe.
The five students who are under the mentorship of Dr. Yusuf Muchelule, a faculty member of Grace Hopper, and JKUAT’s Dean, School of Business, Dr. Florence Memba, are the highest number of the scholarship winners from any East African University.
Velda Karimi, a Third year student pursuing Bachelor of Business Information Technology said she was eager to interact with like-minded women like “Justine Cassell” who share common interests in artificial intelligence and robotics.
Karimi hopes that the opportunity will thrust her aspirations of being a successful Software Engineer saying interacting with her peers from diverse backgrounds and globally renowned brands was highly motivating.
“I hope that being among successful women in the industry will motivate me to pursue my dreams of being a successful Software Engineer. GHC is known for diversity and I intend to learn their motivation and journey while also learning about my passion, strengths and weakness,” said Karimi
Cynthia Wangui, a Fourth year student, Bachelor of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, stated that it is now their responsibility to put Africa on the map saying the forum is an avenue for creating global visibility to JKUAT and Africa as a whole.
While expressing her gratitude to her mentors and the University for the high level training, Wangui said she intends to use the platform to mentor young girls in the marginalized areas in the field of technology.
On her part, Dr. Florence Memba urged the students to aim even higher saying they not only represent JKUAT but all the women with a keen interest in the field.
She pointed out that the scholarships won by JKUAT being the highest in number in any East African Universities, only enhances the University’s image as a leading institution in training and innovations at the global stage.