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MMUST’S SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND BUILT ENVIRONMENT LINKS STUDENTS DIRECTLY TO INDUSTRY AS THEY HOST ASSOCIATION OF ENGINEERS

MMUST’s School of Engineering and Built Environment (SEBE) has stepped up efforts to link engineering students directly to the industry early in their training. This was exhibited on 6th August, 2021, when they hosted officials of the Institution of Engineers of Kenya (IEK), Western Branch. The Western Kenya Branch is one of the five branches of IEK in the country whose goal is to promote and develop the engineering profession and best practice in Kenya and the world.

The IEK team, which gave a professional talk to staff and 5 year engineering students was led by Eng. Eric Ngage, the Kisumu County Engineer and Chairperson of IEK, Western Branch. The highlights of the discussions included; IEK structure, functions, membership and mentorship. They also tackled burning issues from students which covered Industry expectation of a graduate engineer, career progression of an engineer, benefits of registering with IEK and EBK women in engineering. “There is an acute shortage of engineers in the country. I encourage students to register as student engineers while still on campus for early preparation for the job market,” said Eng. Ngage


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IEK, DVC ASA Prof. Peter Odera, Registrar Academics Prof. Thomas Sakwa and Dean SEBE Dr. Eng. Bernadette Sabuni, during the courtesy visit.


The team paid a courtesy call to DVC ASA, who was also representing the Ag Vice Chancellor, Prof. Solomon Shibairo. While addressing the team, Prof. Odera expressed gratitude to the team for considering MMUST engineering students for such an eye opening discussion, which highly motivates the students as they pursue their engineering career.

Speaking during the event, the Dean SEBE, Dr. Eng.  Sabuni pointed out that industry linkage with academics is necessary in all sectors of training in higher education. “It is through such visits that we can learn and improve the training of engineers,” she said. 

Dr. Engineer Sabuni was accompanied by the three Chairpersons of Departments in the School of Engineering and Built Environment, Dr. James Owuor (Electrical and Communication Engineering), Dr. Peter Cherop (Mechanical and Industrial Engineering) and Dr. Micah Mukolwe (Civil and structural Engineering). Dr. Micah Mukolwe is also the patron of the Engineering Students Association of MMUST. The Chair of Department of Electrical and Communication Engineering, Dr. Owuor said that IEK’s engagement is a clear indication that MMUST is visible across the Engineering field in Kenya. “MMUST having been accredited is well placed to produce engineers to fill gaps in the country’s engineering workforce. This is an acknowledgement that MMUST plays an important role in nation building especially in attaining the BIG 4 Agenda,” he stated.

Other notable personalities who attended the event were Kenya Power and Lighting Company registered engineers and County Government engineers from Kisumu, Eldoret and Kakamega. The main goal of the IEK is to promote and develop the engineering profession and best practice in Kenya and the world in general. The IEK Western Kenya Branch is mandated among other activities to facilitate the exchange of information and ideas on technical and other related matters through training, seminars, industrial visits, and publications. They also promote development of practicing, graduate, and student engineers.


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by Dr. Lydia AnyonjeMr. Wilberforce Shiundu