Having a choice is great, but when it's a big decision like choosing a university, then high school students need a lot of research to be done. Open days can be an invaluable part of this. Dedan Kimathi University of Technology famously known as DeKUT opened its doors to prospective students onto the main campus to take a look around on Wednesday, 18th September, 2013.
This open day provided potential students with an initial opportunity to explore the campus and meet members of the University’s departments and find out more about studying and living at DeKUT. The students were also able to meet various Deans, staff and current students, and found out more about different study programs and extra-curricular activities offered at DeKUT.
This first ever open day showcased the university at its best. Visiting DeKUT on an ordinary day in September was something completely different. The students were able to attend important face-to-face stuff like talks on your chosen subject plus things like accommodation, finance and student life, as well as going on a walking tour of relevant areas. The university tours were led by current students and this gave a good opportunity to hear what life at that University really was like.
Prof. P.N. Kioni, Vice Chancellor DeKUT in his welcome speech and address encouraged most visiting students and teachers to use this opportunity to find out more about the programs they are interested in. He added that the candidates should talk to lecturers teaching the courses - and students, and get better ideas of how well it fits their own interests, and the kinds of options and experiences they should expect. “This was a good time to ask about how the course is taught - for example, is it mainly through large lectures, or will it also be taught in smaller groups? Is there any group work involved, field trips and so on?” said Prof. Kioni.
Prof. Kioni commended teachers for bringing their students for the open day and concluded by insisting that the potential students should check out the other facilities on campus - student accommodation, cafeteria, sports ground, laboratories, farm and conservancy and so on – and as a result give students a better idea of what life is at DeKUT.