The students participated in a workshop organised under the theme, ‘Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship for Sustainable Development,’ which focused on the mobile revolution in Africa. The event brought together participants from four collaborating universities, Namibia University of Science and Technology (NUST), the Institute of Technology and Management (Cameroon), Flensburg University of Applied Sciences (Germany) and the hosts, JKUAT. Participants visited several industries that included JKUAT’s Laptop Assembly line, Seven Seas (software), Safaricom (Telecommunications), Krones (manufacturing), KenGen (geothermal power) and Kenya Breweries (processes).
Paulina Nambele marvelled at the fast development and uptake of new IT solutions that have made Kenya a leading IT hub on the continent. Eva-Lisa Nawa said she was impressed by the solutions-driven (as opposed to product-driven) business model of the most successful IT companies they had visited. She added that she had learnt a valuable lesson that: “Products make money, but solutions make more money.”
Peneyambeko Hituvali said she appreciates the rare opportunity to learn about new academic and research opportunities in the IT field, and to interact with her contemporaries from diverse international backgrounds.
Penehafo Tuhandeleni was full of praise for the multicultural exposure afforded them by the Summer School where she learnt that, in addition to having a good academic record, one needs practical hands-on skills to penetrate into value-driven careers.
Kuveri Kavetuna was impressed by the host university’s Laptop Assembly Line and advised his fellow students to embrace such exchange programmes fully as they are a great eye-opener.
Josphat Mukabi, the Project Coordinator and the students’ Lecturer, said one of the aims of the Summer School is to globally expose and orient students from multidisciplinary and multicultural backgrounds to provide solutions to local and global challenges.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) covered all costs for the visit.