Acting Land Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has thanked the Japanese Government for its contribution towards the development of the Kenya Institute of Surveying and Mapping (KISM). Dr Matiang’i said the collaboration between Kenya and Japan in survey and mapping through the Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has not only contributed immensely to modernising land survey technology in Kenya but also the entire Eastern and South African region.
Dr Matiangi’s remarks were contained in a speech read on his behalf by Education Cabinet Secretary, Prof. Jacob Kaimenyi, during the training institute’s 10th Graduation ceremony.
The Ruaraka-based KISM offers pre-service diploma training, in-service higher diploma in in surveying and mapping as well as third country group training courses.
Prof Kaimenyi urged the 189 graduands to keep learning through continuous professional development and pursue degree courses in geomatic engineering at universities that recognise the technical Education Programme Diploma they hold.
These universities include the University of Nairobi, JKUAT, the Technical University of Kenya and the Dedan Kimathi University of Technology in Nyeri.
Lands Principal Secretary Mariamu el Maawy said JICA-sponsored training programmes have not only been instrumental in capacity building and transfer of technology in the region but also contributed in enhancing the capacity of KISM, making it a focal point of middle-level training in the application of modern technologies surveying and mapping.
Japanese Ambassador to Kenya Tatsushi Terada was among other invited guests at the graduation ceremony.
KISM has since inception enrolled 1,837 students for diploma courses, 438 students for higher diploma, 1,695 trainees for short term courses and 410 participants from different countries in the region.
The courses include Land Surveying, Cartography, Map Reproduction, and Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing.