TU-K Emerges the Best University in Training of Hands-on

TU-K Emerges the Best University in Training of Hands-on Technical University of Kenya (TU-K) has emerged the top institution in training of hands on skills, thrashing other universities.

The university was fated yesterday at a colourful Samsung Engineering Academy graduation ceremony, held at a Nairobi hotel.

While receiving the award on behalf of the Vice-Chancellor, the Executive Dean Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology (FEST) Prof. Alex Muumbo, accompanied by Director, Center for Engineering Innovation and production, Dr. Erick Ogur, thanked the academy for starting the initiative which he said, shapes the future of Technology in the country.

“This marks a culmination of effort that has seen our students gain a lot of experience and the culture of practical skills. I wish the country replicates this if it has to change for the better,” said Prof. Muumbo.

TU-K Emerges the Best University in Training of Hands-on
Overall winners from the academy; 1st position, Carolyne Mwikali David -TU-K, (middle), Paul Kung’u Muthoni, 2nd, from TU-K, (Second Left) and 3rd position, John Mark Nthiga-Multi-Media University pose for a picture with Samsung Electronics East Africa Vice-President and Managing Director, Jung Hyun Park (Left) and Principal Secretary Ministry of ICT Eng. Victor Kyalo.
TU-K Emerges the Best University in Training of Hands-on
Graduands from TU-K, pose for a picture with Executive Dean (FEST) Prof. Alex Muumbo(Third Right), and Director, Centre for Engineering Innovation and Production (CEIP) Dr. Erick Ogur (Left).
TU-K Emerges the Best University in Training of Hands-on
TU-K Executive Dean Faculty of Engineering Sciences and Technology (FEST) Prof. Alex Muumbo, receiving the award for the best performing institution from the Director Corporate Affairs , TVETA , Ms. Bibiana Otieno

The Dean thanked Samsung for partnering with education institutions and called for more collaborations and partnership between universities, industry practitioners and professionals into the training activities.

TU-K produced the best overall student. Carolyne Mwikali David, who is pursuing a Diploma in Technology (Electrical and Electronic), was ranked position one while Paul Kung’u Muthoni also from TU-K and pursuing the same course, took the second position. John Mark Nthiga from Multi-Media University came third. The winners took home smart TVs 48-inch, 42-inch and a 32-inch respectively.

58 students from various universities and Technical Institutions graduated from the academy. This is part of the Samsung’s broader goal to develop skilled electronics technicians and engineers across the country.

The academy which was launched four years ago, has seen students graduate with hands-on practical skills.

Samsung Electronics East Africa Vice-President and Managing Director, Jung Hyun Park, said that the Academy’s primary goal is to develop Technicians, Technologists and Engineers across the country to address the critical technical and engineering skills shortage that exist in the job market.

“Our focus is on those pursuing Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Information Technology, Scientific Computing and Mechanical and Telecommunication Engineering. The top performing students get a chance for internship at Samsung Electronics or its service partners and thereafter work as independent service technicians or employees within their respective regions,” added Mr. Park.

The nine month course undertaken by the students is made up of 20 percent theory course work, while the practical work covers 80 percent. The course is divided into five modules; Hand held products, laptops and printers, consumers’ electronics, Air conditioning and soft skills.

The student selection was done competitively from Samsung partner institutions; Technical University of Kenya (TU-K), Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT), Multimedia University, Machakos University College, Kabete National Polytechnic and Nairobi Technical Training Institute.