The College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC) has received a major boost towards its practical training following the donation of a range of state-of-the-art engineering equipment. The equipment worth Kshs 2.5 Million was a donation from the Centre for International Migration and Development (CIM) in Germany.
The CIM is a joint operation of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) and the German Federal Employment Agency through a programme dubbed ‘Programme Migration and Diaspora’ (PMD).
The equipment which comprised of digital levels, tripod stands, change plates, leveling stands and PSL training kit, were donated to Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) courtesy of Dr. Jackson Njiri and Dr. Fridah Kirimi, lecturers in the departments of Mechanical Engineering, and Geomatic and Geospatial Engineering, respectively. The two undertook their PhD studies in Germany, and received the equipment as part of the Programme Migration and Diaspora initiative.
Speaking during the event Friday, August 6, 2021, the Coordinator, Programme Migration and Diaspora in Kenya Ms. Cynthia Kamau said, so far, the programme has supported 8 returning experts from JKUAT who in less than 8 months of application have received their equipment.
“We hope the returnees will not only introduce the skill gained from Germany to their students but also teach their colleagues on how to use these equipment to improve pedagogy,” said Ms. Kamau.
She was confident that by interacting with the state-of-the-art equipment, the students will be equipped with relevant knowledge making them marketable in the industry.
On his part, Prof David Mburu, acting Deputy Vice Chancellor Academic Affairs thanked the German government for their continued support and the donation of the equipment.
“The equipment we are receiving today will not only serve the University through well-equipped laboratories but also serve the society at large” he said. “The main purpose of the project is to contribute to quality provision of engineering services by JKUAT lecturers as the equipment will enable them avail additional capabilities thus producing well trained professionals,” he added.
He further commended Dr. Njiri and Dr. Kirimi for successfully completing their studies and being a conduit through which the University has received quality equipment that would have otherwise been very costly.
Dr. Kirimi one of the returnees thanked GIZ for their massive support and delivering the equipment on time. “They will help improve the level of education given to students. These will upgrade education in Africa,” she acknowledged.
GIZ is a German-based organization whose role is majorly to fund returning experts who are former scholars in Germany. It began operations in Kenya in 2015 ranking the country 3rd in terms of output and impact, out of 25 African countries.
Also present during the event was Dr. Eng. Hiram Ndiritu the Principle College of Engineering and Technology (COETEC).