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Kenya has shortage of engineers, technologists

24 April 2013, 15:12 Wangui Joseph

Universities in the country have been urged to make their contribution in reducing shortage of engineers and technologists by encouraging more students to take up the courses.

Dedan Kimathi University of Technology Chancellor Prof. Shellemiah Keya on Tuesday said the country is still experiencing shortage of experts in the engineering and technological fields.

He said these areas are vital in ensuring the country attains its goal in middle level income status.

He made the remarks during a tour at the university, where he pointed out that more experts are needed in these fields for the country to realize its dream as stipulated in vision 2030.

However, Shellamiah asked higher learning institutions to invest heavily in these fields in terms of training and facilities.

He observed that with the recent discovery of oil and gas, the country will be looking upon them to produce the required manpower for their exploitation.

The Chancellor asked the university to strengthen postgraduate programs, including masters and PHD in order to make the institution marketable.

According to the institution’s vice Chancellor Professor Ndirangu Kioni, Kimathi University currently has about 5 000 students and is sponsoring some members of staff to do masters and PHD courses in engineering at UoN and Kenyatta University.

Kioni exuded confidence that the varsity will soon be offering the best training in the technology and engineering fields.

He pointed out that the African Development Bank (ADB) has partnered with them by offering the requisite financial support to facilitate the establishment of good laboratories and human resources.

The institution became the eighth public University to receive the charter in December last year.

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