Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology (MMUST) in Kakamega County is putting up various educational infrastructure to enhance learning activities at the institution.
According to the institution’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof Solomon Shibairo, the University plans to spend Sh850 million to build an engineering Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) institution for engineering studies.
He said the Labour and Leadership Center will also be built for the School of Business at a cost of Sh1.2 billion.
“The Center will equip the students in the school of business with skills in entrepreneurship, civil leadership and public management skills,” he added.
Addressing 4,662 first year students joining the university, Prof Shibairo said that the university is student-centered and is committed to provide quality-learning services
“We are in the process of improving the internet that will enable students to learn online. Given that we are living in Covid-19 era, students may be asked to learn online,” said the VC.
He said his administration has allocated Sh90 million solely to improve the internet and that all buildings were being wired for students to access high quality internet.
“Instead of the students using Wi-Fi, they will be connecting internet cable directly to access high quality internet,” the MMUST VC added.
Prof Shibairo added that the University has begun constructing an Olympic size swimming pool for the students.
This will enable students to spend their free time doing swimming as it is important for body fitness and reduces stress.
The university has also bought sporting uniforms for those talented in sports such as soccer and rugby.
“We believe in talent. Every year through talent scholarships we sponsor students with special talents to national level. If we spur these talents our students can go far and even to the Olympics”, he said.
The VC urged students to take care of their personal security following an incident this week where a fourth-year student was reportedly killed in unclear circumstances while taking a nature walk in Kakamega forest.
The County Government of Kakamega has donated three high mast flood lights that will aid so much in security.
“Police patrols will also be increased in the institution for the safety of the students” he assured the students.
He asked the community to tolerate the students and live-in harmony with them.
By Margaret Andeso