University of Nairobi, College of Architecture and Engineering (CAE) has entered into two pacts with two manufacturing companies in a bid to grow skills and knowledge in the engineering and architectural fields. The first is with East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) that aims to grow the cement industry through innovation and research.
The innovations will evolve around processing, tapping energy from solar, sourcing raw materials, creative marketing, quality controls, among others.
The two will cooperate in carrying out joint research projects, internship opportunities for students pursuing engineering disciplines.
Secondly, Mabati Rolling Mills (MRM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the University’s CAE department to increase partnerships in the area of manufacturing and industry so as to boost country’s industrialization process.
The collaboration focuses on career talks at the University, industrial visits and attachments, technology transfer from the industry to the University, joint research and publications, and development of training curricula.
Speaking at the MoU signing, MRM Head of Marketing, Mr. Harry Njagi said that as a company they have adopted world class standards in terms of building solutions. “Mabati Rolling Mills would like to work on getting affordable materials and building solutions for an ordinary African,” Mr. Njagi stated.
“We are ready and willing to share the technology currently employed, roofing and allied technologies, knowledge in material and application and from this partnership we would like to come up with new technologies,” he affirmed.
Mr. Njagi added that this would not be the first partnership engagement with the University as they have previously held annual career advancement forums where they have identified University students for their graduate trainee programs and they have an assurance of getting students who are market ready.
Present at the signing was Chairman of CAE, Prof. Ngau, Dean, School of Engineering, Prof. Jackson Mbuthia, Director, Centre for International Programmes and Links, Prof. William Ogara,