Peter Ngila @peterngilanjeri
A graduate-only institution spearheaded by Kenya’s Ministry of Education in partnership with the Republic of South Korea will be put up at Konza Technopolis.
The ministry has appointed a consortium of to undertake the architectural and curriculum designs for the university. Its members are Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Architects & Engineering Company Limited and Sunjin Engineering & Architecture Limited
The institute, named Kenya Advanced Institute of Science & Technology (Kenya- KAIST) is modelled after the Korean institute, a research-focused university that fosters human resources in science and technology.
The Kenya-KAIST institute was conceived to benchmark the development experience of the Republic of South Korea had. Leveraging on skilled graduates from Korea-KAIST, South Korea made the most of the potentials of science and technology for its remarkable growth, becoming the only country in the world to transform from a recipient to a donor country of international aid.
Konza Technopolis Development Authority chairman Reuben Mutiso said: “We want to build a nurturing environment for graduate students not only in Kenya but also in East Africa that will see an innovative growth rallied by science. A highly educated nation is paramount to its economic, social and political success and I hope that this new venture will be embraced by Kenyans” .
“The making of well-trained graduates in science and technology will contribute to the growth of a knowledge-based economy and sustainable growth with innovation. We are proud of this partnership w because it promises to boost Kenya’s growth,” said Korea-KAIST President Dr Sung-Chul Shin.
Speaking during the kick-off ceremony, Information Communication Technology PS Jerome Ochieng underscored that a number of reports have ranked Kenya second after South Africa in terms of innovation. “However, there is a growing concern about Kenya’s poor track record on the transfer of technology from the university to the industry and the commercialisation of academic research, said CS Jerome.”
The new college will have willfocus on Mechanical Electrical and ICT engineering, Chemical Civil and Agriculture; engineering/biotechnology and Basic science education.