China offers manufacturing support to Kenyan students

nuts-tudorbarker-flickrThe Chinese government has been providing engineering equipment and training to Kenyan students, which would enable them to produce machine parts

A competition was launched by China’s AVIC International Holding Corporation and the Kenyan Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in association with China House and the Technical University of Kenya. AVIC and the Kenyan ministry supplied, installed and commissioned electrical and engineering equipment to students.

Samuel Wanyonyi, directorate of technical education in Kenya, said, ”This is a training session as well as a competition, which will ensure students produce equipment that are up to market standards.”

So far, 92 mechanical engineering machines have been installed in the Technical University of Kenya. Project officials have stated that this concept has been borrowed from Chinese educational institutions, which work closely with polytechnics and technical facilities to help recruit students.

Bernard Isalambo, project manager, said, ”It is unfortunate that we are still buying almost everything such as bolts and nuts. We need our youth to manufacture some of these products that meet the international standards. Students who succeed will start production and this is how Vision 2030 will be realised.”

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