TU-K Gets Powerful Sh200m Aircraft Engine
Technical University of Kenya (TUK) has received a CF6-80A2 aircraft engine that powers Airbus A310 and Boeing.
The engine was donated by General Electric (GE) Aviation (USA) through the facilitation of Kenya Airways (KQ).
TU-K’s Aerospace and Aviation Engineering programme students can now afford hands-on training high tech aviation training devices and materials including the engine and maintenance training books, training aids, reading materials, used aircraft parts and aircraft manuals donated by KQ and Boeing.
Speaking during the handover ceremony held at TU-K, Kenya Airways, Strategy and Performance Management Director Thomas Omondi said, “Our donation today further strengthens our commitment to ensuring a stronger foundation of aeronautical knowledge, skills and more experience to aviation technicians and engineers even as they prepare for job market either with us or elsewhere. We are extremely happy to support the next generation of aircraft maintenance engineers”.
On his part, Regional Sales Director for GE Aviation in Africa Dr. Rajiv Bissessur said: “As Africa’s aviation industry continues to grow, the need for skilled aviation professionals in the region is also on the rise, and GE Aviation is proud to play a role in the skill development efforts underway at TU-K.”
Dr. Rajiv emphasiSed that the donated CF6 engine will enable aeronautical engineering students to experience hands-on learning with one of the most popular wide-body aircraft engine in service today and increase the pool of talented aviation experts that will be needed to service the needs of the airlines in Africa and around the world.
Receiving the training equipment, University Council Chairperson, Dr. Halima Saado Abdulahi thanked GE, KQ and the Boeing for their kind gesture. She urged the university to utilise the equipment for the benefit of students to serve this country and humanity in general. “Let’s ensure that we make proper use of the equipment as we strive to achieve our mandate and contribute to Kenya Vision 2030,” she said.
Her statement was echoed by the Vice-Chancellor Prof Francis Aduol who hailed the partnership and said, “This donation will provide the much needed practical and research orientation to our engineering students and therefore increase their competitiveness. This will make us the University of Choice for aspiring aviation professionals in the region”.
A representative of Education Cabinet Secretary, Mr. Johnson Nanjakululu called on local universities to provide technological transformation through research and training and offer solutions to problems bedeviling the country. He urged the industry to partner with academia in order to improve standards of teaching and training.
TU-K is one of the three universities in sub-Saharan Africa that offers Bachelor of Aeronautical Engineering.