In a move to tap into a field that higher learning institutions have not heavily vested into, Kenyatta University is set to start training programmes on Energy Engineering and Aerospace & Aeronautical engineering.
The energy programme comes at a perfect time when the country is heavily investing in energy. The country last year had to send some trainees to Korea and others to the US for nuclear power training-a type of energy the country seeks to venture into.The country is also into oil exploration and mining where engineer’s expertise will be needed.
The Aerospace and Aeronautical engineering programme is also considered a timely move when the government is considering expanding the national airport, Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKUAT) and KQ is also increasing its fleet.
At a stakeholder’s forum held at the KU Conference Centre last Friday, delegates expressed concern on how the country has had to send engineers to other countries for training while we have the capacity to train them here.
They also pointed discontentment in how some engineers in certain fields end up not being utilised in the country. This leads to some taking up jobs in other countries.
During the forum, the stakeholders aired views on what they would want the programme to train engineers on as they would be the end consumers of the engineers trained under the programme.