CENTRE OF EXCELLENCE IN TECHNOLOGY TRAINING
RIAT is set to become a Centre of Excellence in Technology Training under the Netherlands (Devotra) – GOK equipment support project.
The Engineering Departments, i.e. Automotive Engineering, Building and Civil Engineering, Electrical and Electronics Engineering will receive modern state-of-the-art training equipment and machinery which will make RIAT a model technology training institute in the East African region.
The equipment are already in the high seas and are expected to arrive and be installed in July, 2011.
Under this project, the Workshops were currently being renovated in readiness for installation and Commission of the equipment from the Netherlands.
Six lecturers drawn from the Engineering Departments have already undergone two-months overseas fellowship on the use of the equipment in addition to learning modern teaching techniques/methods.
The provision of modern training equipment will address the challenge of the current mismatch between skills training and the expectations of the industry. Trainees will be trained using the equipment which they expect to use in the world of work thus enhancing the employability of Ramogi Institute of Advanced Technology graduates.
The goal of this project is to establish a Regional Science and Technology based University to meet the manpower requirements of the East Africa region.
The main objectives of project are:
1. To develop and implement curricula for diploma, degree and in-service courses in Pharmacy, Nursing, Laboratory technology and Primary Health Care, Public Health, Environmental Sciences, Agriculture and Engineering.
2. To develop and implement a capacity building exchange program for faculty staff and students.
3. To establish linkages with local training institutions to use specialized areas of training within the mandate of Technical, Industrial, Vocational and Entrepreneurship training; and marketing of RIAT Programs.
4. To facilitate linkages with other relevant institutions in the United States of America for training, infrastructure and equipment support.
5. To strengthen Scientific Research Capacity and Intellectual Property Rights.
6. To strengthen existing courses.
In addition to the existing courses, RIAT will introduce new courses covering Health sciences, Agricultural sciences, Engineering, and Environmental sciences. The school of health sciences will start by offering Nursing, Public health, Medical laboratory technology, and Pharmaceutical technology. RIAT will initially admit 40 students for each of the four health sciences courses starting in September 2011.
- Implementation of this project will culminate in award of degree programs for all departments. RIAT and FAMU will be involved in fundraising for the project. RIAT seeks resources to improve water and sanitation system, install modern workshop machinery, acquire vehicles, equipment, furniture, improve infrastructure, construct new buildings, deliver training, conduct exchanges, employ additional teaching and administrative staff. RIAT will require about Kshs. 10bn to complement existing resources.
- The project is expected to impact positively upon the lives of the local people, students, staff, and other stakeholders.