A validation workshop for academic programmes offered at the Pan African University Institute for Basic Sciences, Technology and Innovation (PAUSTI) came to a close on Friday January 12, 2018. The workshop was a culmination of curriculum review of the existing programmes in line with statutory requirements.
PAUSTI Director, Prof. Gabriel Magoma said the review took into consideration emerging issues in thematic areas, as well as feedback from the alumni and other stakeholders.
Prof. Magoma added that the exercise that came after the programmes attained full cycle of implementation, also aligned the programmes to national and continental development blueprints such as Kenya’s Vision 2030 and Africa Agenda 2063.
Besides the reviewed programmes, Prof. Magoma also revealed that PAUSTI had developed two new programmes: MSc. Data Science and PhD Data Science; to be rolled out in the next intake.
The curriculum review also paid specific attention to the PAUSTI’s role to harness innovation for Africa’s socio-economic development. A new common unit named innovation and entrepreneurship, has been included in this front. Other common units offered at the Institute are history of Africa and gender and human rights.
JKUAT Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga lauded the reviewers for their intellectual input into the curriculum, noting that the exercise was critical in hoisting PAUSTI to deliver on its mandate.
Prof. Imbuga said JKUAT will continue to extend requisite support to the African Union led graduate training institution, in order to produce uniquely qualified professionals who could drive Africa’s development forward.
PAU was established by a decision of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the African Union in 2010, to produce competent human resources in areas such as science, technology, innovation, social sciences and governance.
In November 2017, PAUSTI admitted the fifth cohort consisting of 140 students, to pursue masters and doctorate degrees in mechanical engineering, mechatronic engineering, biotechnology and molecular biology, and mathematics.