Riding upon the existing partnership with the University of Nairobi, the National Oil Corporation of Kenya is working on improving the relationship further by building oil analysis lab and later on, a centre of excellence. This was disclosed by the NOCK CEO, Ms. Sumayya Hassan-Athmani, when she visited the Vice-Chancellor Prof. Peter M. F. Mbithi this afternoon, Wednesday, March 18, 2015.
The CEO noted that National Oil Corporation of Kenya has worked with the University of Nairobi for a while and she assured the Vice-Chancellor of her support towards the construction of the oil analysis lab. She further expressed willingness to give internships to final year students to enable them gain the industry experience. Students doing Masters and PhD programs have been challenged to focus their thesis on solving problems in the field.
Ms. Hassan agreed to help the University in the review of its Bachelors program on petroleum engineering curriculum to ensure that the class theory and practical is exactly what the industry needs.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor noted that the University is upbeat to train the manpower that will participate in the exploration of oil and help Kenya achieve Vision 2030. “I see this as God-sent,” he said.
Prof. Lucy Irungu, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research Extension and Production) noted that it is important to work together with the industry in the review of programs. She thanked NOCK for accepting to give students internship opportunities.
The production of manpower in specialized areas that will help in the attainment of Vision 2030 is one of the requirements in the University’s Performance Contract.
Also present during the meeting was Prof. Henry Mutoro, Deputy Vice-Chancellor( Academic Affairs).
Others present include Prof. Benard Aduda, Principal, College of Biological and Physical Sciences, Prof. William Ogara, Director, Center of International Programs and links and Mr. Trancisio Thuita, Estates Manager.