JKUAT and Korean Institute in Collaboration Talks

Principal COETEC, Dr. Eng Hiram Ndiritu receives a gift from Prof. Mina Min Jung of KIMFT with Dr. Jotham Munyalo and Prof. Jinsoo Park looking on

JKUAT hosted a delegation from the Korea Institute of Maritime and Fisheries Technology (KIMFT) to examine and discuss potential partnership opportunities, notably in the blue economy area. The talks focused on encouraging more girls to participate in KIMFT’s global onboarding training program (GOBT).

The annual three-month course which is funded by the South Korean government involves practical training for cadets aboard training boats, which is overseen by an authorized officer or a chief engineer.

The program offers 40 slots for cadets from 10 countries throughout the world, with Kenya obtaining five slots split between JKUAT and Bandari Maritime Academy which offer marine engineering training in Kenya.

As part of the institute’s curriculum this year, three female JKUAT students were chosen to study from the best in the maritime sector, equipping them to compete globally and play a key role in the field’s expansion.

While welcoming the KIMFT delegation, Dr. Eng. Hiram Ndiritu, Principal, College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC), stated that with the subject of Marine Engineering rapidly taking shape on the African continent, equipping students with essential skills in the area would sufficiently prepare them.

“This training provides opportunity for our students to be trained on global best. We hope more slots can be availed so that even more students can benefit,” Dr. Eng Ndiritu said.

With the need for seafarers increasing in many African countries as the blue economy’s potential has become clear over the years, he underscored the importance of developing curricula tailored to the African context.

The University Librarian, Dr. Mangira receives the book donation from Prof. Jinsoo Park with Dr. Kiplimo looking on

“As JKUAT we are willing to work with KIMFT in developing a curriculum that meets our objectives and ensures we produce quality seafarers. We believe we can tap from your expertise as a leading institution in seafarers training,” Dr. Eng. Ndiritu observed to the visiting delegation.

Prof. Jinsoo PARK, Master Trainer at KIMST, stated that the world’s supply-demand scenario depicts a lack of around 16,500 seafarers, stressing that the African continent has the possibility to fill the gap in generating workers for the marine industry.

“Without urgent emphasis been taken in the push for decarbonization, key global ports in US, Europe and Asia could become unusable in 2050. This could lead to African countries becoming the dominant supplier of seafarers,” Prof. Park observed.

The master trainer also emphasized the need to recruit more women into the marine industry not just in Kenya but also globally.

As part of their efforts to assist the Marine curriculum at the University, the delegation also donated 30 books on Maritime Korean Language for Seafarers to the library.

The meeting was also addressed by Chairman, Department of Marine Engineering, Dr. Jotham Munyalo, Dr. Robert Kiplimo, a senior lecturer in the department of Marine Engineering, and Dr. Christian Adenya Director, Academic Quality Assurance (DAQA).

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