TRANSFORMATION OF RIAT INTO A DEGREE AWARDING INSTITUTION IN COLLABORATION WITH FAMU
On 14th April, 2011, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) and (FAMU) was signed by the Rt.Hon.Prime Minister of the Republic of Kenya Eng. Raila A. Odinga and the President of FAMU, Prof. Ammonds.
This followed a series of consultative Meetings between officials from the Office of the Prime Minister, Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology (MoHEST), Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) and Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).
The signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will herald a new chapter for Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT). The focus of the collaborative agreement is to develop an integrated process in implementing the objectives of Engineering and Health Sciences Training Programmes based upon models in the Universities in the United States of America.
Initially, emphasis will be on strengthening the existing courses, especially Engineering Programmes in line with the demands of Kenya Vision 2030.
The new courses to be implemented immediately under this agreement are:-
Nursing, Pharmacy, Public Health, Engineering, Environmental Sciences and other allied Health Sciences.
The number of institutions offering Paramedical Science Courses are few compared to the output from the secondary schools who desire to undertake paramedical Sciences Training.
In general, Kenya’s health sector lack sufficient human resource capacity to cater for the expanding population’s health needs.
Furthermore, the skill sets acquired by nurses and other paramedical staff in the 1970’s and 1980s have now been overtaken by technology and therefore health workers already serving in health institutions and other agencies need to be empowered with better skills for effective health services delivery to match the demand of the health sector.
We have also noted with optimism that FAMU has a strong foundation Agricultural and Mechanical Engineering Programmes and it is envisaged that, joint programmes in the two disciplines would be mounted in the near future.
It is anticipated that the following benefits will be delivered from the RIAT-FAMU collaboration:
· RIAT and FAMU will work collaboratively towards mitigating the national/regional inadequacies in human resource capacity.
· Strengthen the capacity of RIAT including training of staff.
· Construction and rehabilitation of training infrastructure
· Provision of training facilities and equipment.
· Marketing of RIAT/FAMU programmes
· Exchange programmes for faculty staff and students.
· Facilitation of linkages with other relevant institutions in the United States of America for training and support.
· Development and implementation of curricula in Pharmacy, Nursing, Engineering, Agricultural, Environmental Training, etc
· Promote research activities
A detailed proposal on the collaboration between Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU) and Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) has been developed and was being studied by the management of the two institutions.
The proposal defines infrastructural and other development needs of Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) to facilitate implementation of the joint programmes.
The proposal also intends to strengthen the existing programmes.
It is envisaged that, by September, 2012, Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology (RIAT) will mount degree programmes in Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health in Collaboration with Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU)