On 12th August 2014, the School of the Built Environment (SBE) signed an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) with ADCC International East Africa Ltd. The purpose of this MOU is to establish collaboration between ADCC and SBE for the delivery of software training to students. The signing of the MOU would facilitate the co-operation and communication exchange between the said institutions.
The relationship between ADCC International East Africa Ltd and the School of the Built Environment, University of Nairobi goes back to early 2014. The School of the Built Environment through the Center for Urban Research and Innovations [CURI] made an invitation to the Authorized Autodesk Software Development and Distribution Company to make a presentation on trending technology advancements in the built environment profession. A number of visits and conversations between the ADCC management team and the CURI team saw the possibility of training the students on these technologies especially software skills relevant to their particular discipline. This would provide a platform to produce well rounded graduates ready for the current job market; a market that relies heavily on technology. Through discussions between relevant parties, it was decided that a Memorandum of Understanding between these parties be developed to guide the future relationship.
The MOU was signed by representatives from both parties i.e. SBE and ADCC. School of the Built Environment was represented by Dean of the School of Built Environment, Prof. Tom Anyamba, Prof. Peter Ngau and Mr. James Wanyoike from the Centre for Urban Research and Innovation. Members from ADCC International East Africa were; Amit Radhi, Vice President; Lovekesh Kakar, Manager, sales and Vikas Tonge, Assistant, General Manager.
The signing was concluded by remarks from Prof. Ngau indicating that there is need to promote training of students in modern IT. He pointed out the opportunity presented a partnering with the industry players especially when delivering such pragmatic training. He praised the program affirming that it will be of high quality and affordable and was grateful for the support of the Dean in the program. Amit Radhi responded by stating that ADCC was very excited to deliver quality package and also expected similar response from the students. His view was that, the move for an MOU was just a beginning to greater achievements ahead. He suggested meeting once a month in order to review the progress of the program and also incorporate any corrections required. The program is expected to commence on the 1st of September, 2014.
By Sharon Boit