Mount Kenya University (MKU), will become the first university in Africa to partner with Japan’s Hitachi High-Technologies Corporation to expose students to innovation.
Speaking yesterday delegation from Hitachi High Technologies, Vice-chancellor Stanley Waudo, said the collaboration with one of the Japan’s leading technology company will help students improve fundamental technology capabilities.
“MKU lays a lot of emphasis on imparting both knowledge and skills to our students. We embrace partnerships with other institutions and industries to promote sharing of expertise and resources,” Waudo said.
According to Waudo, the partnerships guarantee MKU students internship opportunities.
“Partnerships go a long way in facilitating the integration of knowledge acquired in the university with skills gained in the work environment,” the VC added.
MKU quality assurance, linkages and partnerships director Peter Wanderi said emphasis will be laid in medical technology and ICT. He said MKU students will be trained and mentored by Hitachi.
“Most graduates in the country lack basic skills in science courses. We believe with the partnership our students will be equipped with such vital skills,” Wanderi said.
Hitachi High-Technologies vice president Toshiyuki Ikenda said the company is delighted to enhance competence-based education.
Ikenda termed the partnership as a great avenue to tackle challenges in research and technological innovations.
International Sales & Marketing manager David Semiono said they will support the delivery of significant technology enhancements.