Barely a month after the Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) engaged scholars at a research conference, the electricity transmission firm has partnered with Kenyatta University (KU) in what it says is a bid to bridge the engineering skills gap.
The partnership will see KETRACO pump Ksh1 million into the program dubbed KETRACO Scholarship for Orphans and Vulnerable Students (KSOVS).
Over the next five years, two female orphaned and vulnerable students in KU’s Electrical or Civil Engineering faculty are set to be beneficiaries of the initiative.
“This will form a link that will see the development of new products and technology in electricity transmission through scholarships, research funding and knowledge management consultancy,” KETRACO said.
Speaking during the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony, KETRACO’s Managing Director FCPA Fernandes Barasa said this is one of the initiatives the transmission company has engaged in with institutions of higher education so as to fulfill its vision.
“This partnership will facilitate mutual collaboration between us and KU that will enable us explore emerging trends in electricity transmission and research,” he said.
Prof. Paul Wainaina, Vice Chancellor, KU said, “The mission of the University is to provide quality higher education and training, promote scholarship, service, innovation and creativity and inculcate moral values for sustainable individual and societal development.”
KETRACO will also sponsor the Kenyatta University Biennial Research and Innovation Conference (KUBRIC) in October 2019 at the Bronze category with Ksh1 million.