The Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO), has partnered with Kenyatta University to offer scholarships to girls from vulnerable families across the country.
The partnership will see KETRACO pump resources into the program dubbed KETRACO Scholarship for Orphans and Vulnerable Students (KSOVS). Over the next five years, vulnerable female students in KU’s Electrical or Civil Engineering faculty are set to be beneficiaries of the initiative.
“This will form a link that will see the development of new products and technology in electricity transmission through scholarships, research funding, and knowledge management consultancy,” said representatives from KETRACO.
Speaking during the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signing ceremony, KETRACO’s Managing Director FCPA Fernandes Barasa hailed the initiative as attempting to bridge the engineering skills gap in the country – which is one of the initiatives the transmission company has engaged in with institutions of higher education so as to fulfill its vision.
“The overall objective of the MoU signing is to jointly develop mutual collaboration in various areas including areas of research that touches on electricity transmission, support equity, access and excellence in higher education especially among vulnerable girls,” Barasa said.
During the signing of the MOU Ketraco CEO Fernandes Barasa hailed the initiative for attempting to bridge the engineering skills gap in the country and production of market-ready female engineering graduates. he noted that the Ketraco Scholarship for Orphans and Vulnerable Students will educate female vulnerable students in electrical or civil engineering for five years.
“This partnership will facilitate mutual collaboration between KETRACO and KU that will enable us to explore emerging trends in electricity transmission and research,” said the KU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Paul Wainaina.
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