Plans to construct a Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) are on course. This follows a successful mission and deliberations between the Korean and Kenyan Government. The deal with Korean Export and Import (Exim) Bank will open the way for KAIST to be constructed at Konza.
A Korean delegation led by a representative of Exim Bank Mr Hoi Jeong Hoon has been in the country for the last one week to verify the findings of the feasibility study and to hold discussions with the Ministry of Education, National Treasury, Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KOTDA), The Commission for University Education among other stakeholders on the commencement of the project.
During a meeting with the Principal Secretary (PS) in the State Department for University Education Prof Collette Suda, the PS applauded the progress of the project, adding that further consultations will be made with the stakeholders to ensure the process moves forward.
The Ministry of Education has considered budgetary provisions for KAIST in the 2018/2019 projections while KOTDA has allocated land to the Ministry for the development of KAIST. A consultant will also be put in place by April 2017.
The aim of KAIST is to promote Science and Technology through research and to transform the country into a newly industrialised, middle income country. KAIST will offer various courses in engineering and biotechnology in view of producing highly trained and qualified scientists and engineers locally.