Kenya Railways has sent the third and final batch of students to China under the Standard Gauge Railway Project Training Programme. The 40 students will undertake a Bachelor’s degree course in Civil Engineering specializing in design and construction, signalling and communication as well as operation and maintenance for four years at Beijing Jiatong University. The training which is a scholarship is sponsored by the China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) who constructed the Mombasa to Nairobi section of the Mombasa to Malaba Standard Gauge Railway project.
During the farewell ceremony held at the Intercontinental Hotel’s Mara North conference room on April 20, 2018, Transport Cabinet Secretary called on the students to be national ambassadors even as they pursued their studies.
“When you come back, you will be expected to put to use knowledge and skills acquired in China to contribute to Kenya’s development. Together with others who went before, you will take over operations from the current operator upon your return. Therefore, work hard,” he said.
Transfer of knowledge and skills is part of CRBC’s contractual obligations. The training component aims to develop a spectrum of technical management skills required for SGR construction and subsequent operation and maintenance.
The farewell ceremony was also attended
by Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Mr. Liu Xianfa was also in attendance. Kenya Railways was well represented by Ms. Josephine Masibo who was representing the MD and Board Members Mr. Musembi Mumo, Ms. Juliette Kipkorir, Mr. Josphat Lelgo and Mr. Herman Gaitho. Mr. Nicholas Nesbitt, the Chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA), also joined participants at the event.