Physics Department Conducts Syllabus Review

Prof. George Thiong’o makes his remarks

In efforts to help students acquire scientific and technical skills that can be applied in the modern world, the Physics Department conducted a review of their academic programmes to tailor them to meet demands of the dynamic labour market.

The curriculum review which was conducted on July 5, 2023, was jointly done by multi-sectoral stakeholders which included students, alumni, staff and external stakeholders from Ministry of Defense, Kwale Sugar Company, National Oil Corporation of Kenya (NOC), Sunwatt Power Limited, Kenya Bureau of Standards, Research Triangle Institute (RTI) and Kipeto Energy.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, Principal, College of Pure and Applied Sciences (COPAS), Prof. George Thiong’o underscored the significance of the review process in bid to produce adaptable and holistic students.

Prof. Thiong’o emphasized the need to review the curriculum after every four (4) years as stipulated in the review guidelines. He also urged stakeholders to ensure the review meets the needs of the first group of students under the Competency-based Curriculum (CBC) in 2029.

Susan Waithera, a Control and Instrumentation student participates during the review process

The Chair of the Physics Department, Dr. Anthony Kiroe stated that regular review of the syllabus will ensure that the University becomes home of quality output.

“The objective of this meeting is to assess the knowledge and skills needed in the job market and identify areas of improvement in our curriculum,” said Dr. Kiroe.

The alumni and continuing students acknowledged that there is an existing gap between industry and university education. In bid to close the gap, they emphasized the need for more practical work and acquisition of more industry instruments for training of the students.

“We aim to include more fieldwork activities, workshops and conferences for our students. This will ensure that they get the practical skills needed for their success in the job market,” Dr. Anthony Waititu the Dean School of Mathematics and Physical Sciences.

The collaboration between JKUAT and the external stakeholders will play a crucial role in ensuring that the students have a smooth transition from class to the work force.

“We as the external stakeholders shall be the link between the industry and the students. Ensuring that they get job opportunities and attachment positions in the various companies we work in,” Captain Bernard Ibau an instrumentation engineer from the Ministry of Defense said.

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