MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
(Issued under Article 35 (3) of the Constitution)
KENYA/ KOREA BI- LATERAL RELATIONS
NAIROBI 9th March, 2018
The Principal Secretary for University Education and Research Prof. Micheni Ntiba has called for the formation of a Steering Committee of members drawn from the key Ministries and agencies involved in the establishment of the Kenya Advanced Institute of Science and Technology(KAIST) project at the Konza technopolis.Prof. Ntiba expressed the need to urgently expedite certain bottlenecks which are impeding speedy implementation of the project.
The PS spoke during a courtesy call paid by the Korean Ambassador to Kenya Kwon Young Pae at Jogoo house. This visit comes at a time when Kenya and the Republic of Korea have signed a loan agreement worth approximately Kshs 9.825 billion shillings towards the establishment of KAIST.
Prof. Ntiba appreciated the move adding that the establishment of the institution will not only enhance capacity building but also advance skills in research and technology development.The PS pointed out that the two Nations have and will continue collaborating in supporting education advancement in the country. He assured the Government’s commitment in ensuring the project is fast-tracked.
On his part, Ambassador Kwon Young Pae noted that his Government has so far extended 67 scholarships to Kenya students studying in Korea since 2016 and will continue supporting Kenyan students especially in the area of Engineering. KAIST is intended to promote Science and Technology through research and to transform Kenya into a newly industrialized, middle income country. KAIST will offer various courses in engineering and biotechnology in view of producing highly trained and qualified scientists and engineers locally.