Supporting Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) is a Chartered Public University that has two campuses: the Main Campus that is located 6 KM from Nyeri town along Nyeri- Nyahururu highway and Nairobi Campus located at Pension Towers, Loita Street. The location accords students a serene and enabling learning environment. The Institution endeavors to provide academically stimulating, culturally diverse and quality learning environment that fosters research, innovation and technology development towards producing relevant technical and managerial human resource and leaders to contribute to attainment of national development goals.
Credibility of our courses: At DeKUT, we note that, technological development requires not only the masterly of techniques but the ability to establish and run successful enterprises. It is only then that the technology can contribute to wealth creation of a country. Our mix of academic programmes are spread over Engineering, ICT, Food Technology, Health Sciences, Applied Sciences, and Business Studies - fit for this purpose. Of critical importance is that all our Academic Programmes are accredited by both local and international accrediting bodies. Locally, the University’s Programmes have been accredited by the Regulatory Body, Commission for University Education, and respective Professional Bodies where they apply.
Value for time: Through effective application of the trimester system of study, DeKUT ensures that her students complete their period of study within the shortest time possible while not compromising quality. Students taking four year’s programmes graduate within three and half years while those taking five year’s programmes graduate within four and half years.
State of the art facilities: At DeKUT, we do not compromise quality. The University has invested in facilities geared towards providing students education that does not just give them good grades but add value.
i. (ADMATC): These are our engineering labs where engineering students interact with the most modern machines with the help of their lecturers and the lab technicians for their practicals. Several students have featured with great innovations developed using the hardware technology practiced here.
ii. Library: The University has a modern library that provides competitive, adequate and relevant information services in support of learning, teaching and research. The University Library gives access to over 200,000 e-books from various databases and a collection of approximately 30,000 volumes of physical books. Furthermore, the University library also has access to approximately 20,000 e-journals in various subject areas.
Among other facilities
Support for Innovation and Entrepreneurship: The University, in 2015, established an innovation and incubation centre (DeHUB) aimed at inspiring innovation and entrepreneurship by way of transforming innovative ideas emanating from within and outside DeKUT community into products, processes and services for commercial exploitation. Students taking different courses are mentored from this centre into creating enterprises and becoming their own brands by using what they learn in class as their base. That way, we do not just graduate job seekers but job creators and contributors to national development. So far, several projects from students have been incubated and two are already at commercial level. With the science park construction at the University underway, this is just a tip of the iceberg. For more information about DeHUB visit the site. DeHUB Site
Production: The University has a trade mark of locally produced coffee from the University farm. Training of students backed by practical sessions in the Food Technology Workshops gave birth to this product; The Medium Roasted Coffee. The next product was Quality Yoghurt prepared from fresh milk obtained from DeKUT farm- taken through tightly controlled fermentation and packaging process. Last year, 2016, the Institute produced Coffee Flavored Yoghurt which is a perfect balance of DeKUT rich coffee flavor and tasty yoghurt. These products have attracted excitement among the DeKUT community and external partners. The Director IFBT, Dr. Eddy Owaga, says that the Institute looks forward to maintaining the best quality in all the products. The next plan is to develop other value added products from non-conventional fruits and vegetables towards satisfying the demand for natural healthy foods. The institute will later diversify to meat products particularly sausage from the pork reared at DeKUT farm. Our students from the institute of food and bioresources technology are involved in such processes enhancing what they learn in class.
University Conservancy: With courses in the institute of tourism and hospitality management, the University established a conservancy that is a tourist attraction as well as avenue for the students to practice service in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry.
Ventures: DeKUT continuously establishes partnerships and collaborations towards enriching the training offered to her students. 2016 saw us venture into 3D printing: Rapid prototyping (RP) has been an ongoing research among M.Sc. Advanced Manufacturing & Automation Engineering students at Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT). RP is an emerging collection of materials processing technologies and business practices, which together shorten product development cycles. RP technologies are frequently used towards the beginning of the product development lifecycle to create prototypes or parts used to test and verify designs before full blown production begins. RP utilizes a number of different additive manufacturing methods such as 3D Printing, Stereolithography, Selective Laser Sintering, Fused Deposition Modeling etc., to create real objects from a CAD file. This venture will inspire technological growth in the University and the Nation by enhancing engineering skills among the students. This will help bridge the gap between the Institutions of higher learning and Industries.
Another venture is the introduction of Siemens Mechatronic Systems Certification Program (SMSCP). Manufacturing, packaging and other systems are becoming more complex and pervasive, and more knowledge is required to design, operate and maintain them than ever before. Complex mechatronic systems are the nexus of mechanical, electrical, and computerized technologies. There is a growing need for qualified people with up to date knowledge of integrated mechatronic systems. A world leader in mechatronic engineering, SIEMENS, has responded to this need by creating an industry certification program that will help students, workers, industries, teachers and institutions. Siemens Technik Akademie administrates the program and works with partner institutions worldwide to implement the program. SMSCP’s technical content focuses on key industrial skill areas, such as electrical components, sensors, motor controls, PLCs, hydraulics and pneumatics. In addition to teaching the technical knowledge, SMSCP stresses trouble-shooting and system-based technical thinking via hands-on training. This technical training, paired with our engineering degree programmes will create well-grounded workers that can easily meet the challenges of high tech and advanced manufacturing industries. Dedan Kimathi University of technology has partnered with Siemens, as the first in Africa, to enhance her training in Mechatronic Engineering by offering this certification.
An International Experience: DeKUT has a number of vibrant student exchange programmes which are in line with the University’s vision of producing globally competitive graduates and building international linkages to grow her profile as a global premier university of technology. International exchanges are life changing experiences gained by students. This makes such programmes critical to the institution’s internationalization strategy. To date, a number of DeKUT students have taken part in assignments inside leading laboratories and manufacturing facilities around the world which have had a profound effect on the technical abilities of the students. In addition, living in a foreign country for two or three months at such a early age in their careers gives students invaluable insights and offers them new lenses through which to look at the world. We have signed memoranda of understanding with various universities globally for exchange of students. These include the International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) and the Association for the International Exchange of Students in Economics and Commerce (AIESEC). Through these mechanisms, DeKUT has been able to send and receive students from different parts of the world which has not only enhanced the diversity of the university student population but also enabled DeKUT students gain valuable international work experience.
Going an extra mile- we are family: DeKUT endeavors to provide quality education to all irrespective of their social and financial background. It is to this effect that in 2014, the University established an Endowment Fund (DeKUTEF) with the goal of supporting talented and financially disadvantaged students to access and successfully complete the highly competitive programmes offered by the University through provision of scholarships and bursaries. This will ultimately aid the University to operate truly to her historical foundation and heritage of being an Institution of the society and working for the improvement of the people. We hope not only to attract the great minds to this Premier Technological University but to also be able to retain them without the hindrance of financial constraints