Kenyatta University (KU) soon to be civil engineers: Joyce Kamau, Millicent Orondo and Winnie Kiarie are out of the country for a two weeks university tour to Iowa, USA. This is in preparation for their Master’s Degree course after receiving the fully paid scholarship.

The awarding of the scholarship is said to have been based on merit and is indeed credible. The three have shown great potential in taking civil engineering a notch higher for Kenya. Part of their tour is to visit the university to identify the areas of research they are interested in and will be pursuing in future.

“Growth is the only evidence of life” John Henry Newman. Millicent Orodo says;

Having completed my first year studies pursuing BSc Civil engineering in Kenyatta University I have experienced growth in all dimensions of life. This can be attributed to the opportunities the school of engineering presents to its students. Lectures encompass academics, social and economic aspects of the course. Being given assignments in terms of group discussions creates a Platform for students to exchange ideas” 

The higher learning institution has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Iowa State University (ISU) in regards to improve quality tertiary education through research and staff exchange. This will sure take Kenyatta University ranking a level higher. With other varsities such as JKUAT, UON and the respective accredited technical universities, that offers the Bachelor of Science course in civil engineering.

Civil engineering has become quite a competitive field, however many Kenyans are encouraged to pursue such courses, to help the government and private institutions invest more on the local engineers for big construction projects, other than outsourcing expertise from foreign countries, China to be specific.

According to an engineering student, he claims that it is sometimes demoralizing when he sees road construction’s with foreign brands. Even building and towers, the engineering firms are usually foreign, with Kenyan laborers. The case with the expansion of Ngong Road and The Mombasa Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway Project. Kenyatta University has seen efforts to improve the practability of their degree by equipping the school with necessary resources.