University students at Umutara Polytechnic have received equipment worth over $1millions, from , a German University-Technische Universitat Kaiserslautern. The equipment will be useful to students in the faculty of technology.
The equipment was handed over on February 20, by Prof. Lucas Gooben, who represented the Germany. The function was also overseen by the Umutara Polytechnic administration led by Dr James Gashumba and Dr Jochen Foth.
Dr. Gashumba said that the equipment was donated as a result of earlier discussions in 2010, with officials of the Germany University, in which they requested for support in terms of equipment as a way of boosting the faculty of technology.
During the inception of Umutara Polytechnic in 2006, it was envisaged that practical oriented programmes especially in the field of Science and Technology will be the core mission of the polytechnic. In 2009 the Polytechnic embarked on a rigorous planning process leading to establishment in of the faculty in January 2010, when the first group of students was enrolled.
The faculty of technology has two departments- of Civil engineering & Built environment and the department of Survey and Geomatic engineering. Innovation, creativity and efficiency are the driving wheels of every program in the Faculty of Technology.
Officials of the recipient university (Umutara Polytechnic) said that the donation will enable the university to meet its goal of ensuring that the polytechnic produces finely trained workers who are innovative, competent, and entrepreneurial and development conscious.
“We strongly believe that the output of our finely trained professionals and technologists will be instrumental in driving the wheels of industrialization through innovation in the direction of vision 2020 and beyond in Rwanda. This premise is founded on the maxim that industrialization is largely technology driven” said Samuel Ouma, the Acting Dean.
One of the students, Theoneste Bakundukize acknowledges that such equipment- which includes surveying tools will be very helpful towards gaining practical skills and competence on the job market after they graduate.