Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST), on 3rd April 2014 received video conferencing equipment from Smooth Tel Company contracted by the Government of Kenya in a project funded by the African Development Bank (ADC).

The project is aimed at linking Kenyan Universities with other universities across the world. The project also integrates ICT for e-learning in order for universities facing challenges of human resources to train more graduates.

Smooth Tel Company organized a one-day overview training on 4th April 2014 at Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST). The training was intended to equip MMUST staff with basic operations and maintenance skills for the newly introduced video conferencing equipment.

The national Coordinator of the project, Prof. Basil Ong’or said that the project is expected to benefit six public universities which offer courses in engineering and basic sciences. ‘This will help solve human resource problems experienced in such universities and provide access to information and communication across the world,’ Prof Ong’or noted.

Speaking to the trainees via video link, Smooth Tel company operations manager Erick Makachiange explained that their company has been able to work with some institutions in the Kenya such as Tangaza College and the Adventist University of East Africa to establish e-learning. ‘This has enabled the establishment of online education from abroad in our local institutions,’ he said. 

The project aims at making sure that all the learning institutions in the country adopt e-learning and solve challenges facing them especially in the institutions expansion plans where the universities require additional lecturers. Mr. Makachiange pointed out that teleconferencing offers an alternative to employing additional staff since the main campus lecture room is linked with other campuses and study centers.

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