Great minds and major milestones in the Faculty of ICT and Engineering
This faculty has the mandate to equip the students with skills that will make them competent for the job market. The Head of Department (HOD) and the lecturers put in all the resources at their disposal to enhance proper learning and efficiency in research especially for students taking degree courses as they are required to present documented research as part of their academic requirements during their fourth year of study.
The Faculty oversees the training of ICT and engineering to prepare learners for the industry and empower them to apply lessons learnt to meet global requirements. Students enjoy an opportunity to work closely with renowned scholars in their fields and are also exposed to industry expectations. Additionally, the University guides engineering students in registering with the Energy Regulation Board which is a critical step in their career.
The Faculty is headed by Ms Josephine Magu, a seasoned trainer and a capable leader who is passionate about quality education and research. She leads a proficient team in training thousands of students in sound principles to produce highly qualified professionals. Students in this faculty undertake Certificate, Diploma and Degree programmes in the below areas:
• Information Technology
• Business Information Technology
• Computer Science
• Computer Engineering
• Software Engineering
• Electrical Engineering
“The ICT and Engineering faculty has been working very hard to meet our clients’ demands and deliver quality service to ready learners for the job and entrepreneurial world.” says Department lead Josephine Magu. She noted that at Zetech, diligent students are encouraged to invest time in innovation and participate in regional and global contests to set them apart from their peers.
Over the past two years, the faculty has had several achievements, including Bachelor of Science in IT student Kennedy Muthaura who beat 4000 Kenyans in the Huawei ICT Competition 2018-2019 national competition and got to represent the University and country in South Africa for the Africa regional contest. Additionally, the institution won the Best Huawei ICT Academy and our Head of professional certifications Samuel Kinuthia took home the Best Lecturer award. Following this achievement, Mr. Kinuthia accompanied four Kenyan students to China for the Huawei ICT 2018-2019 global contest bring home several awards for excellent performance.
Ms Magu further states that the University is also proud of Anthony Muthungu, a Computer Engineering student who developed the Alex Cane, a smart cane for the visually impaired to help them in navigation. His innovation has been celebrated in Kenya and across the world, including the 2019 World Bank (UK) transformation awards held in June.
The My Little Big Thing Challenge
Under this faculty, the Varsity has also witnessed great milestones such as students participating in great competitions including the IBM Apps challenge that saw the Zetech I-Tech Club, led by international IT student Fabrice Mugabe, win the top prize for their innovation. In matters health, IT student Hannah Njeri was a top ten finalist in the 2019 #MyLittleBigThing challenge for her Mental Health Sanity Haven project created to create awareness on mental health.
The Zetech Experience
To enhance the Zetech experience, students have benefitted in securing internships with the help of the institution through collaboration with organisations including Samchi Group, Powermax Limited, under the Backmart Group, and Specific Talent. These collaborations make it easy for learners to get attachment and empower the University to better understand the needs of the market; this is evidence that the faculty has been keen to provide the relevant skills to fit in the job market.
According to IT Lecturer Nicholas Kavoi, students who would like to join Zetech should be encouraged as they will get to invent your future through interaction with the latest technology, updated curriculum and qualified staff. “Our students get to benefit from technology-based courses coupled with entrepreneurial and innovation skills to enable them seek employment and start business.” Kavoi adds that collaboration with IT firms IBM and Huawei exposes students to the latest in IT.
“I have always been amazed by the complexity of technology. I love IT because it is incredibly diverse and practical. I also plan to offer solutions to current global challenges facing humanity by the time I am done with my course. The faculty of ICT and Engineering has helped us embrace technology and challenged us to become solution providers to the world.” These are the words of Timothy Wangwe, a student taking a Bachelor of Science in Information Technology.
Engineering is a way of life
The institution has invested in equipped facilities include computer labs, engineering and skills labs, classes, the library and other resources to create a good environment for effective training. Lecturer Engineer Michael Wangari states that our students are ready to learn and participate in research which inspires the faculty to give their best and expose them to the needs of the market.
Story compiled by Anderson Muiruki