Nairobi, December 4, 2017
The Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service is part of a joint initiative of Canadian colleges and Kenya’s Ministry of Education aimed at rebranding and promoting technical and vocational education and training (TVET) in Kenya.
The initiative, Kenya Education for Employment Programme (KEFEP), is sponsored by Colleges and Institutes Canada, a voluntary membership organisation for Canadian public colleges, institutes and polytechnics.
A delegation led by Chief Executive Officer John Muraguri have returned from a KEFEP project study tour and training program on TVET marketing and career services at the Nova Scotia Community College in the Nova Scotia province of Canada. The delegation also attended the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE) 2017 Annual Conference. The Placement Service’s Maxwell Okoth shares the experience.
“During our study tour at the NSCC, we experienced how college programmes are designed and made useful to students through close collaboration between Colleges and industries. Firms are involved in designing programmes, funding academic research and providing hands-on experience to students through internships. Of particular significance to Kenya’s KUCCPS, was how focused career mentorship and marketing of courses are well designed and conducted at the NSCC. We also picked the importance of following up on graduates to determine whether their eventual careers were properly aligned and getting them to tell their stories to encourage others.
“At the CBIE conference, we got an international perspective of managing higher education and the importance of internationalising education. To cap it off, we made valuable contacts and networks that will be useful for future partnerships”.
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