France Interested In Working with TU-K
The Government of France is keen on establishing collaborative initiatives with the Technical University of Kenya. This was disclosed recently, by a delegation from the French Embassy in Nairobi that paid a courtesy call to the university.
The delegation headed by Mr. Cyril GERARDON, Head of Cooperation and Cultural Affairs Department, was received by TU-K Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Francis Aduol.
Accompanying the VC were; Deputy Vice- Chancellor in charge of Academic, Research and Students (ARS) Prof. Paul Shiundu, Executive Dean Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology (FEST) Prof. Alex Muumbo, Executive Dean, Faculty of Applied Sciences & Technology (FAST) Prof. Francis Gatheri, Executive Dean Faculty of Social Sciences and Technology (FSST) Prof. Maina Matu among other senior officers of the university.
Mr. GERARDON was accompanied by Ms. Ade’lie de Soumagnat, Manager Campus France Kenya and Rosine NZIETCHUENG, Attache’ High Education and Research Cooperation. The meeting was also meant to present newcomers of the French Cooperation as well as make a follow-up of the France –TU-K partnerships.
Mr. GERARDON said that France was keen on collaborating with the Technical university of Kenya in areas of Education, Research and Training.
He said, “We are here to understand how Kenyan big universities work, initiate collaborations, encourage students to apply for scholarships as well as assist them get attachment or jobs in some of the French companies operating in Kenya.”
The delegation noted that France has collaborations with other institutions in the country and is interested in working with TU-K to improve Technical and Vocational Education & Training (TVET).
The Vice-Chancellor welcomed the team terming the visit important to the university and added that TU-K was open for collaborations in areas and programmes of mutual interest.
“We are open for collaboration in areas that would help us move forward, we will be happy to work with French companies and other stakeholders,” he emphasized.
Prof. Aduol explained that TU-K is spearheading technical training in the country. He added that the university is committed to producing graduates who are practically oriented, in line with development agenda of the government.
“We have available land in Nairobi, we are negotiating with people and institutions to help us build a College that will entirely deal with TVET,” said the VC.
He said that the university has been working closely with the Embassy of France in Nairobi and has on several occasions hosted the then ambassador of France to Kenya, Mr. Remi Marechaux.
The university’s working relationship with France dates back to 2016. TU-K was represented in an International event held in Paris, France. The event brought together Directors of International Relations and Linkages from various French Universities, Research Centers and TVET institutions.
The delegation agreed to identify opportunities and give priority to TU-K.