AFRALTI PARTNERS WITH MASINDE MULIRO UNIVERSITY OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN A BID TO INTENSIFY ICT CAPACITY BUILDING AND RESEARCH
AFRALTI signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology in a bid to enhance ICT training and research. The MoU was signed on Tuesday, 22nd November, 2022, by the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Solomon Shibairo, and the Director, AFRALTI, Mr. William Baraza, on behalf of their respective institutions.
Speaking during the signing ceremony, Prof. Shibairo stated that the University has formed linkages with numerous organizations to improve research, community engagement and training. “As a University, we are cognizant that ICT is a major driver of development in the Country. We have integrated ICT into most of our departments and I am confident that with this MoU, the University will meet its objective of contributing towards sustainable development in Kenya and beyond,” added Prof. Shibairo.
“AFRALTI is a professional training organization spread throughout Africa. We are keen on conducting world-class research projects through collaborations with institutions such as MMUST, as well as developing grant proposals to attract funding for ICT research,” stated Mr. William Baraza.
Head of Training Department at AFRALTI, Mr. Jonathan Mwakijele, stated that AFRALTI has worked with other Universities in the past, saying that institutions of higher learning have qualified personnel who add value to their organization. Further, he stated that AFRALTI offers unique programmes to all kinds of students.
As stated by the MMUST Director of Research and Postgraduate Support, Prof. Peter Bukhala, the School of Computing and Informatics (SCI) will be the main driver of the MoU. Prof. Bukhala said that his Directorate will focus on the research scope of the MoU.
“Thank you for selecting MMUST to be your partner and I assure you that you are joining an institution that is in sync with your objectives. We look forward to implementing the MoU,” said The MMUST Director of International Relations and Academic Linkages, Dr. Catherine Aurah.
During the signing of the MoU it was also noted that, the ICT sector is expected to generate an increasing number of high-skill, in-demand jobs across a broad spectrum of industries. It is expected that in the next five years, 70% of the developing economies’ jobs will require technological skills and almost all jobs will be ICT-enabled.