Kenya seeks to produce first rate experts
The Korean Government in conjunction with the Kenyan Government wants to establish an Educational Institute to provide highly qualified scientists and engineers to meet the socio-economic needs of Kenya and the East African region.
The institute to be called Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, will cist US$80million and will be located within the Multimedia University of Kenya (MMU).
A delegation of Korean, Economic Development Cooperation Fund, EDCF, led by a senior Technology& Procurement Specialist, Jae-il Nam conferred with the Principal Secretary for Education, Dr. Belio Kipsang at Jogoo House yesterday to discuss the modalities of establishing the Institute at MMU. Present during the occasion was the Vice Chancellor of MMU, Prof. Ambassador Festus Kaberia.
Dr. Kipsang said the institute will enable Kenya produce first rate experts that will manage an industrializing nation as projected in Kenya Vision 2030.
Korea Exim Bank and the Economic Development Cooperation Fund (EDCD) are to proceed with business viability research in a bid to establish the Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) by injecting some US$80 million.
The Kenya Science and Technology Institute is spearheading the establishment of an Information, Communication, and Technology (ICT) specialized graduate school as part of the Kenyan government’s political, economic, and social development strategy, in a bid to upgrade the Kenyan economy into a mid-level income country by 2030.
Kenya is planning to add Master’s and Ph.D. courses to the existing ICT-focused undergraduate Multimedia University of Kenya to transform it into Kenya’s KAIST.
The Kenyan government is seeking KAIST and Korea Institute of Science and Technology models and to nurture its own KIAST to be a science and technology field higher education institution.
The main business project will cover Kenya Science and Technology Institute’s basic plan and curriculum development, R&D and lab educational supplies procurement, development of human resources such as faculty, software and hardware support needed for new buildings or expansions.
The Kenyan government is seeking national economic growth by replicating Korean science and technology educational models via the establishment of the Kenya Science and Technology Institute. The institute will enhance MMU capacity to produce science, technology, and ICT experts.
The institute will enable Kenya to cultivate high-tech experts to improve national competitiveness, particularly in Information Communication Technology (ICT).
The strategy is to develop the next generation of well-trained leaders and experts who will promote industrial development in the African region, as well attracting foreign investments and to promote industrialization which leads to economic growth.
The Institute, to be located at MMU, will be designed to be seamlessly integrated with existing MMU architecturally and functionally.
It will consists of state of the art Korean ICT technology, advanced laboratories and research facilities to enable students to pursue advanced scientific research and development activities, besides deployment of high standard Equipment and teaching materials to educate and train highly qualified engineers and scientists.