DeKUT, in August this year, made a milestone achievement by winning funding from Belgium’s Flemish Inter University Council (VLIR-UOS) for teaching and research enhancement in Masters in Industrial Engineering, in collaboration with the University of Leuven, Belgium. The funded proposal is titled “Capacity enhancement for teaching, research and extension for management of critical medical devices at public hospitals in Kenya”. The purpose of the funded project is to facilitate capacity building through exchange of staff and students from the two Universities and technology transfer in Bio-medical Engineering. The project, spearheaded by Prof. Peter Muchiri (School of Engineering, Dedan Kimathi University of Technology (DeKUT) and Prof. Liliane Pintelon (Faculty of Engineering, University of Leuven (KU), Belgium), will also enhance quality of teaching by implementing a state of the art computer lab for Post Graduate training and research.
Among the areas where DeKUT will benefit in the collaboration with the University of Leuven is the establishment of Bio-Medical engineering program, which will be offered by the School of Engineering and School of Health Science, in collaboration with Hospitals in Kenya. Through the VLIR funding, DeKUT in conjunction with The University of KU Leuven, Belgium facilitated a two-day capacity building workshop for Medical and Engineering staff on the asset management of health care equipment on 20th and 21st December 2016.
The key speaker was Prof. Walter Sermeus from University of Leuven, Belgium. The workshop brought together a multi-disciplinary team of medical stakeholders comprising of Medical Superintendents, Biomedical Engineers and Nurses from seven hospitals in four counties. The Nyeri County Government was represented by the Director, of Medical Services while DeKUT Staff were drawn from the School of Engineering, School of Health Sciences (Nursing Department) and Medical Practitioners.
The key outcomes through the Workshop were:
i) Medical staff Capacity Building
ii) Knowledge and Technology Transfer
iii) Community Linkages
iv) Development of a collaboration platform for further training, research, capacity building and new curriculum development.