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DeKUT Objectives for Attachment
The purpose of industrial attachment at DeKUT is to produce practically oriented graduates that meet the required job-related competences of their future employers. Additionally, it serves as a linkage between the University and various partners. The specific objectives of the industrial attachment program are to:-
a) Enable students get hands-on/real life experience they are expected to work in when they graduate.
b) Provide an opportunity for students to apply the principles and techniques theoretically learnt into real-life problem solving situations.
c) Provide an opportunity for students and academic staff to interact with the stakeholders and potential employers and thus appreciate industry situations that will also generate information for curricula review and improvement.
d) Develop student understanding of work ethics, employment demands, responsibilities and opportunities.
e) Enhance and strengthen linkages between the University and various partners.
Expected benefits from industrial attachment
Industrial attachment will be implemented through partnership between the University and partners. This partnership has three key stakeholders namely: the University, the Students and the Partners. Commitment to this partnership rests on mutual benefits for all the key stakeholders. The expected benefits of the program for the different parties include:
a) Will get opportunity to appreciate client demands and the quality of graduates required to fulfill these demands.
b) As a result of the cooperation the potential for research will be enhanced and developed with the various partners.
c) Will get opportunity to access training facilities and resources that are not available at the University.
The students will:
a) Acquire new knowledge, skills, attitudes and practical experiences.
b) Improve their confidence in problem solving.
c) Get an opportunity to relate to different categories of people likely to be met in the real-life situation.
d) Gain exposure to the demands and challenges of the work place.
e) Get opportunity to meet and work with potential employers.
f) Have improved appreciation of the profession and therefore better work ethics.
The partners will:
a) Get opportunities to be involved in the training and review of programs at the University.
b) Be exposed to a pool of potential employees from which to select.
c) This will ultimately reduce the cost of induction/orientation of new employees.
d) Get additional well trained human resource for effective and efficient service delivery.
Roles and responsibilities of the stakeholders
If the industrial attachment program is to be implemented effectively and sustainably, the various stakeholders have to commit themselves to specific roles and responsibilities. The following are the roles and responsibilities of each stakeholder:
The university through the Attachment and Placement Directorate will:
a) Provide overall institutional management of the program.
b) Initiate partnership with relevant organizations and concretize this partnership with memoranda of understanding.
c) Integrate industrial attachment into the university curricula and have it reviewed periodically.
d) Be responsible for developing a monitoring and evaluation criteria for the industrial attachment program including the code of conduct for students and staff.
e) Assist whenever possible with identifying industrial sites that offer valuable learning experiences to the students.
f) Create platforms and mechanisms for sharing experience arising out of the industrial attachment program with the partners.
g) Be responsible for providing insurance cover and introductory letter to the students on attachment.
h) Facilitate the academic supervisors by providing transport and upkeep during assessment and pre attachment site visits.
i) Assist whenever possible with linking students/graduates to potential employers and make available to potential employers the list of graduates and final year students.
The students will:
a) Take industrial attachment as part and parcel of their training at the University and have positive attitude towards learning by practice.
b) Respect all industry supervisors and any other persons they interact with throughout their industrial attachment period regardless of their background training and social differentiation.
c) Work willingly wherever they are attached.
d) Develop the day-to-day work plans with their industry supervisors.
e) Adhere to the industrial attachment code of conduct of the University.
f) Adhere to the rules and regulations of the partners.
g) Be expected to provide reports and other forms of feedback to the University and the partners.
h) Source for attachment places (except in regulated programmes where the attachment facilities are appraised and approved accordingly before commencement of attachment).
i) Pay any fees directly needed by the partner.
The partners will:
a) Participate in the planning, supervision and evaluation of the students on industrial attachment.
b) Provide on-site technical and professional guidance to the students on industrial attachment throughout the attachment period.
c) Provide feedback to the University on the experience of the industrial attachment program.
d) Commit their organizational facilities and/or resources for effective implementation of the industrial attachment program.
e) Engage in a mutual learning exercise together with the students and staff of the University.
f) Provide students on industrial attachment with a wide range of experiences that go beyond technical skills.
g) Provide quality services in various disciplines for community and national development.
h) Provide a conducive learning environment to the students on attachment.